Mahir Mameledzija MD
Playing soccer, spending time with family and friends, running outside, going to the dog park, playing and listening to music, watching: Money Heist, Peaky Blinders, This Is Us, EPL, MLS, college soccer and more!
Why UIC EM?
UIC fit the perfect image of what I looked for in a residency. The structure of the program provides a rigorous training environment that constantly pushes residents to the next level. Each of the sites pose their own unique strengths and challenges, preparing graduates to be ready to provide the best care for anyone who walks in the door.
Additionally, when I was a graduate student at UIC’s Business School, I constantly heard about UIC EM faculty working with the business school on disaster preparedness in Haiti. Ever since then, this example has stuck with me. It is just one of the many ways in which UIC EM refuses to work in silos, breaking down barriers and reaching beyond to find new and innovative ways to improve communities locally, nationally, and internationally. I wanted a residency with a strong academic reputation within the field of EM, and mentorship with faculty who are national leaders constantly working to make impacts in their respective fields.
Full circle, I truly felt that this program encompassed the intersection of excellent medicine, diversity, and humanity. These are the residents and faculty I would want taking care of my own family. Their generosity and respect was evident throughout my time as an M4 rotator. Simply put, I knew it would be an honor to become part of the UIC Browncoat family. I am beyond excited to embark on this journey with this marvelous group of residents and faculty.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I am really looking forward to building relationships with my cointerns, seniors, faculty, and leadership. Residency is difficult, and this program has the type of people I imagined being next to me in the trenches and supporting me. This provides the optimal platform for an incredibly supportive and enjoyable learning environment, helping me push towards my fullest potential as an EM physician.