Jackson Park Hospital vs Mercy Hospital

Students of St. James School of Medicine have two hospitals in Chicago to to do their core rotations: Jackson Park Hospital or Mercy Hospital.  The hospitals are 15 minute drive from each other.  The question is which one will you choose.

Mercy Hospital

  • It’s near South Loop
  • It’s a clean hospital
  • It’s in a safer area
  • It’s hard to get A’s
  • They sponsor J1 visas for Canadian students
  • They have multiple residencies.

Jackson Park Hospital (JPH)

  • It’s near 75th street
  • It’s not so clean hospital, but they are renovating
  • It’s in a dangerous area, Southside Chicago
  • It’s easy to get A’s
  • They do not sponsor any visas.
  • They only have Family Medicine Residency

The problem with JPH is that while doing your core rotation, there isn’t much guidance there.  It’s more scut work for students than actually teaching.  No doubt you will learn hands on on so many various cases, but the guidance isn’t there.  The residents are also not the happiest there.

Mercy hospital has proper teachers and guidance.  They provide a lot of support to students.  If you do rotations there than you can increase your chances in getting a residency there.  The same cannot be applied to JPH, they rarely give any students, who did rotations there, a residency position.

So in order to get the benefits of both, schedule all of your core rotations at JPH and conduct all of your electives at Mercy Hospital.  The rotations you did at JPH, if you are weak on that subject, then schedule it at Mercy.  By doing this you will not only get all A’s in your core rotations but you will also learn with guidance.

I hope this helps.

Green Book vs. Blue Book Clinical Clerkships Explained

I know this may be confusing to some but it’s very simple once you fully understand the difference. A hospital that has a residency for a certain program will have a green book status for that particular rotation. And if there are other rotations then it will fall as a blue book.
For example, for Jackson Park Hospital, it has a family medicine residency program; therefore, the family medicine rotation for medical students counts as a green book rotation. However, the internal medicine rotation at Jackson Park Hospital counts as a blue book because the hospital does not have an internal medicine residency program there. Other core rotations count in the same category such as Psychiatry, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Surgery.
If you want to go for Internal Medicine residency then you may want to do your Internal Medicine clerkship at Mercy Hospital instead of Jackson Park Hospital. Some residency programs prefer their applicants to do all their core rotations with a green book status; however it’s not universal so don’t worry about it. The reason I say this is that a lot of FMGs get residency programs in IM but they have no US clinical clerkship experiences. With SJSM you have 80 weeks of US clinical clerkships so that’s why you shouldn’t worry about it.  The same goes with other non SJSM Caribbean students, they have 72 weeks of US clinical clerships.