EM Residency Program

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Chicago EM Residency Program. Our residents rotate at four unique sites in the Chicagoland area. Each hospital is nestled in unique neighborhoods across the city to provide a diverse training environment in patient populations, hospital-practice and resources. Our residency will help you craft how you want to practice medicine for years to come.

Come join our Browncoat EM family

Your life continues into residency. At UIC, we are committed to not only the pursuit of medicine for our residents, but also a flourishing personal life as well. The support of faculty, fellows, and your co-residents will allow you to become a wellrounded physician.

Becoming a Browncoat means more than becoming an exceptionally trained emergency medicine physician, it means becoming part of a unique family with a long legacy. Here you will not only get to experience the highest acuity in patient presentations but you will also continue to grow outside of medicine and gain the tools to have a long, healthy career.

The Legend of the Brown Coat!

Adopted by the fledgling Education Committee in the spring of 1981, the Brown Coat was first seen on the wards of the original participating hospitals, Illinois Masonic, Lutheran General and Mercy, in July of 1981.

There was no special significance for the brown color choice, it was simply a way to distinguish the Emergency medicine trained residents from the other residents and specialties in the hospital.

That would change quickly, however, as the Brown Coat came to represent the excellence of the residents who donned them and spread out to the wards and emergency departments of our three original hospitals. I am happy to say that the reputation of the Brown Coat has only grown through the almost 40 years since it was adopted.

Here’s to the Brown Coat and all who have worn it!

Gary R Strange, MD FACEP
Professor Emeritus
EM Residency Program Director, 1986 – 1993
Inaugural Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, 1990 – 2010

Where can you go?

Being one of the oldest Emergency Medicine Residencies in the US, our Browncoat family spans across the county holding a myriad of positions both in-and-out side of medicine.

Many of our graduates have gone onto pursue positions such as:

  • Fellowships
    • EMS
    • Disaster Medicine
    • International Medicine
    • Critical Care
  • Program Directors
  • Fellowship Directors
  • Department Chairs
  • International Clinic Directors
  • Physicians for Center for Disease Control
  • Deans of Medical Schools
  • Vice Presidents of Healthcare Companies

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Timothy B. Erickson

Dr. Erickson is a Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Core Faculty member with expertise in environmental toxicology and crisis in climate change. He also has active humanitarian health projects in conflict regions of Ukraine and Syria.

Dr. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Michael VanRooyen

Dr. VanRooyen is the Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at Harvard University. He is also the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. VanRooyen has worked as an emergency physician with numerous relief organizations in over thirty countries affected by war and disaster, including Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur-Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has worked in the field as a relief expert with several non-governmental organizations, including CARE, Save the Children, Oxfam, Physicians for Human Rights and Samaritans Purse International Relief. He has been a policy advisor to several organizations, including the World Health Organization and UN OCHA.

He is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster. He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Rescue Committee. He has testified before Congress and at numerous UN briefings on policy issues related to Iraq, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and served on a National Academies/GAO review of mortality in Darfur.

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Valerie Ann Dobiesz

Dr. Dobiesz is a Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Core Faculty member, the Director of External Programs: STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, and the Director of Women’s Leadership Initiative for Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Dobiesz has expertise in medical education and women’s health and is collaborating on developing an assessment tool to evaluate challenges to maintaining medical education during conflict and insecurity.

Do you have what it takes?

We want leaders like you. If you want to be constantly challenged, make an impact and contribute to a growing residency family, consider UIC EM as your future home.

College of Medicine: 

Program Coordinator

Contact Us

For further information regarding the residency and application process, please contact: 

Karolina Marczewski