Being a UIC EM Resident

Program FAQ'S

The below was written by our leadership team and former chief residents to give some answers to more ‘formal’ questions pertaining to our residency program:



Is UIC - EM a 3 year or 4 year program?

UIC – EM is a 3 year categorical residency.

What sets the UIC - EM apart from other residency programs?

Chicago has a population of 2.8 million people, making it our nation’s third largest city. UIC’s EM Program takes advantage of the endless medical resources a large city like Chicago has to offer. Our residents have a unique privilege of spending their time in training in several clinical sites, notably among the four “homes” of UIC, Mercy, IMMC, and LGH. This multi-site training undoubtedly allows UIC to stand apart from other EM residency programs.

How many residents are accepted every year?

The EM program has 15 residents per year (45 EM residents) and 3 EM/IM residents per year (15 EM/IM residents) for a total of 60 residents in Emergency Medicine.

What is with the Brown Coat?

Unique to the EM residents at UIC, the brown lab coat sets us apart from other specialties. It is a highly visible and easily recognizable symbol of our residency seen on the floors, in the ICU, and in Emergency Departments around the city. The Brown coat holds a reputation of team work, assertiveness, and adaptability. It also hides the coffee stains extremely well.

How are the formal diadactics structured?

Conference occurs every Thursday from 7am – 12pm at one of the four clinical sites (UIC, Mercy, IMMC, and LGH). This is protected time for all residents regardless of their rotation. Conferences include lectures by Faculty, M&M and Grand Rounds by 3rd year residents, as well as small group workshops, oral board review and sessions at the UIC Simulation center.

Are there research requirements?

Each resident, in order to graduate, must complete either one major project or two minor projects. All PGY1s are required to attend a Research in Emergency Medicine Course taught by Emergnecy Medicine faculty members experienced in the conduct of scientific inquiry and publication.

What is your Ultrasound experience like for residents?

We have ultrasound available at all of our sites with multiple certified attendings to provide focused teaching. First year residents spend one month on an ultrasound rotation where they spend afternoons in the ED performing ultrasounds on any clinicically relevant patients. They also review ultrasounds once a week with the ultrasound fellow and attending.

Do you get enough exposure to trauma?

Two of our main sites, Illinois Masonic and Lutheran General, are Level 1 Trauma centers where our interns rotate through on the trauma service. The ED is responsible for airways at both of the sites while the trauma team is responsible for the remainder of the evaluation and managment. Second year residents rotate at Advocate Christ which is a large-volume Level 1 Trauma center, and during this rotation we are the senior residents in charge of all trauma resuscitations. Between the three sites residents get plenty of exposure to trauma patients and feel comfortable with routine trauma procedures.

How many sites do you rotate through?

6 hospitals: UIC, Masonic, Mercy, Lutheran, MacNeal and Christ. Please visit our clinical sites page to learn more.

Where do residents live and how do they commute to the different sites?

Residents live in all areas of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Chicago has several neighborhoods which allow residents to live in a communtiy of their choice. Most residents use their own vehicles but some residents have been known to use bikes and public transportation. However when working at one of the suburban clinical sites or during non-typical business hours a car would be recommended.