What it’s like to work at the University of Chicago Medical Center according to employees

Susanna Kahr

According to the U.S. News & World Report, the University of Chicago Medical Center is ranked among the best in the country and is a leader, in both Chicago and Illinois. But what’s it really like to work here? Join us as we find out what real employees have to say.

Providing Chicago’s health care since 1898

But first… here’s some background info about the University of Chicago Medical Center for you. The University of Chicago Medical Center was established in 1898 and first opened its doors for patients in 1927. Today, it is the flagship campus for the University of Chicago Medicine system and is an award-winning academic medical center. You can find the University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park, which is on the South Side of Chicago.

The Center for Care and Discovery (CCD) opened in 2013 in Hyde Park and this hospital serves as the flagship healthcare facility for UChicago Medicine.The 10-story facility has 436 beds in all private rooms, 52 intensive care beds, 9 suites for advanced imaging and interventional procedures and 23 operating rooms designed to accommodate hybrid and robotic procedures.



Working at the University of Chicago Medical Center means being an employee of the wider University of Chicago Medicine system or UChicago Medicine. This not-for-profit academic medical system was set up in 1927 and whilst it is mainly based on the University of Chicago campus, there are also hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician practices throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. So, there are lots of opportunities to work in different departments or sites around Chicago.

UChicago Medicine consists of five organizations, which provide medical education, research and patient care. These member organizations are: Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division – a section committed to scientific discovery; University of Chicago Medical Center, the Community Health and Hospital Division, and UChicago Medicine Physicians. As of 2019, UChicago Medicine received National Institute of Health research funding of $168 million annually

Here are some fun facts about the University of Chicago Medical Center: Twelve Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine have been affiliated with the University of Chicago Medicine. And, between 2005 and 2009, former First Lady Michelle Obama served as Vice-President for Community and External Affairs!

What’s it like to work at the University of Chicago Medical Center?

“Working for the University of Chicago is great.” – anonymous employer review on kununu

Not only is the University of Chicago Medical Center ranked highly by the U.S. News & World Report, it’s also ranked highly by employees who work here too. In fact, here at kununu – one of the world’s largest employer ranking platforms – employees rank the medical center a score of 3.87 and have given their employer a recommendation rate of 86%!

To give you some idea of what it’s like to work here, employees have told us, “the pay is better than most places but there is much more work involved. Most people who begin here stay till retirement” and that there are set pay increases and they help with school.



According to one employee: “UCM is a wonderful place to work due to the people who work there. I believe everyone works in a professional manner trying to ensure the best patient outcomes. I have grown both as a professional and personally learning from my colleagues- whether it be over a casual lunch or grand rounds with different disciplines.”

One employee says that the University of Chicago Medical Center is “great for meeting new and diverse people whether for personal or networking means. There are opportunities to develop and grow if you’re willing to apply and look for the resources needed. I’ve met a lot of very good friends and coworkers here. Many are very passionate about what they do and what they want to achieve and those people make being here great.”

 And another employee told us, “I work with good people that work well as a team. My manager was previously a floor nurse and understands the challenges of being a staff nurse. School reimbursement takes 2-3 weeks and you are given a raise when you get your masters. There is a good mix of young and senior nurses that can provide insight and wisdom.”

This is how the different aspects of University of Chicago Medical Center are rated on kununu:


Compensation and Benefits

This all sounds great but how much can you expect to be paid? According to employer reviews on kununu, you can expect to be paid better than other healthcare companies, and this translates to around 401k, which is, of course, dependent on your role and your experience.

Desirable Office Location and Access to Public Transport

Hyde Park in south Boston is a desirable location according to employee reviews on our site. University of Chicago Medical Center offers lot and garage parking for a monthly fee, but nurses working the night shift receive free parking. There’s also a free shuttle bus service is provided between area parking garages, the medical campus, and the Friend Center. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has an express bus that runs between our medical center and downtown train stations.

Tuition Assistance

Employees are encouraged to continue studying. Chicago Medicine offers many educational opportunities — everything from safety seminars to on-site degree completion programs.

Extra benefits for nurses

Registered nurses are in high demand right now so the University of Chicago Medical Center wants to entice RNs to work here by offering a number of extra benefits, including: flexible scheduling, four weeks of vacation time (for new full time employees) and highly competitive hourly base rates.


Chicago Medicine is currently hiring a lot of healthcare professionals, so you’re sure to find something for you. Here are just a few open positions listed, check out their career website for all open job roles.

Respiratory therapist

Respiratory therapy technicians look after patients with breathing problems such as emphysema and asthma and conduct diagnostic testing. They measure lung capacity and analyze blood samples using a blood gas analyzer and consult with physicians to develop and implement a treatment plan for the patient. They also perform physiotherapy and other treatments and teach patients to use medications.

Registered nurse

As an RN you could work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare, long term care facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, and even the military. But wherever you work, you’re responsible for providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about health conditions, and offering advice and support to patients and their families. To start out on this career you will need either a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, an associate’s degree in Nursing, or in some states, a nursing diploma. The average paycheck is $68,450 per year.


Ultrasound Technician

If you’re looking for a healthcare job that is more laid back but paid well, then you should definitely consider the role of Ultrasound Technician. This job requires a totally different skill set to other healthcare jobs. You’ll need an Associate’s degree, diploma or certificate and study for one to two years for the qualifications you need to handle ultrasound equipment. You can also train on-the-job, so you can get to grips with everything before you start working. Not only will you be the one who helps expecting parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time, you can also take home an annual salary of around $70,880.

Tips on Interviewing

If you’re now convinced that you should apply at the Boston Children’s Hospital then it’s time to start thinking about putting your application together and prepping for the interview. The good news is that we’ve done the hard work for you and found the most common interview questions and answers.


How do you handle stress on the job?

Example Answer: The best way to handle the stress of the job is through making checklists and planning ahead. By making lists and then going through and prioritizing what needs to get done, everything becomes much more manageable. I also find that this makes it possible for me to stay calm and focused on what needs to get done even when unexpected things happen.


Why did you decide to become a [insert healthcare job here]?

Example answer: “I was inspired to build my career in [healthcare sector] because I come from a long line of [healthcare professionals]. Growing up in my family and seeing how much my [family members] loved what they did every day was both inspiring and motivating to me. I am interested in this job because I feel that I have learned a lot from them about what it means to solve problems, care for patients and make a difference in people’s lives.”



Why does this hospital or medical department interest you?

Example answer: “This hospital interests me because of its approach to [specific type of healthcare]. From what I have read and seen I think that this is a place where I can grow and also bring a lot of value.


How do you keep up to date about healthcare advancements?

Example answers: I try to read [magazines/journals/webpages] to keep up to date about healthcare today. I am also interested in documentaries and I really enjoy going to conferences.


Here, you can find the full list of the 15 most common interview questions and answers for healthcare interviews and download a free PDF so you can get going. We’ve also created a list of questions that you should ask in your job interview.


Want to know more about working in healthcare? Check out our 10 honest reviews of real employers, or have a look at our list of employers offering entry level positions across the U.S. right now.



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