Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Founded in 1979, the University of Illinois Chicago Emergency Medicine residency program is one of the earliest and now one of the country’s most established emergency medicine residency training programs. We graduated our first cohort in 1981.
The primary objective of our program is to develop physicians who administer exceptional clinical and social emergency care to as broad a population as possible, an exceedingly essential competency to practicing effective emergency medicine in the 21st century. We develop this by having our residents rotate at four distinctive sites that make up our four-hospital consortium; University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), which provides one-third of all trauma care in the county and has been the site of many significant scientific contributions to clinical medicine and surgery, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, an integrated trauma site which is also the city’s flagship hospital for mental health with an entire wing in their ER devoted to mental health, OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center, a high acuity hospital and one of only a handful of centers in the nation to offer a state-of-the-art imaging system that combines two types of imaging technology, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, a level 1 pediatric trauma center. Each hospital site houses an array of specialty and sub-specialties and serves a distinct patient population.
Our residency program empahsizes community.
Relationship building, mentorship, and advocacy begin in the interview process and continue through graduation and beyond. We deliver a wellness-inspired education series, journal club, weekly protected didactics time, and protection from clinical duties. We sponsor dinners, retreats, outings, and celebrations. We know that emotional challenges are inherent to residency; therefore, we proactively attend to our resident’s emotional and mental well-being by staying connected to them and inquiring about their wellness. We encourage external support systems when needed. Our experience has shown us that these connected actions are overwhelmingly effective and positive. We continue to develop our approaches to safeguard our residents’ overall wellness.