Clinical Experience

Our 36 month curriculum is designed so our residents can experience the breadth and depth of emergency medicine.

First year

Residents will begin with an orientation block that is designed to ease the transition into residency and help acquire procedural skills and knowledge essential to EM practice. Residents will have hands-on didactics in the simulation center and procedure lab, while gradually increasing their clinical exposure through ED shifts.

4 weeks               Orientation
23 weeks             EM–RUMC
4 weeks               Medical ICU
4 weeks               Trauma/SICU–Stroger
4 weeks               Orthopedics
2 weeks               ED Ultrasound
3 weeks               Obstetrics
3 weeks               Anesthesia
4 weeks               Vacation

Second year

Residents will spend 8 blocks managing multiple patients including the critically ill in the RUMC ED. A block will also be spent at the Rush-Copley ED, which allows the resident to learn how to function in a busy community ED. An EM selective month will also allow the 2nd year residents to broaden their emergency medicine horizons with an elective rotation in specific areas of interest.

26 weeks             EM–RUMC
4 weeks               Community EM-Rush Copley
4 weeks               Pediatric ICU
4 weeks               Trauma/SICU–Stroger
4 weeks               Cardiac ICU
3 weeks               Peds Acute Care
3 weeks               Selective
4 weeks               Vacation

Third year

Residents will spend 7 more months in the RUMC ED supervising students, junior residents and learning to “run the room” like attending physicians. Senior residents will spend an additional month in our community ED site at Rush-Copley as well as 2 more selectives.

28 weeks             EM–RUMC
4 weeks               Community EM-Rush Copley
4 weeks               Medical ICU
4 weeks               Trauma/SICU–Stroger
4 weeks               Toxicology
4 weeks               Selective
4 weeks               Vacation


heinrich“I am excited for RushEM because it is our chance to build a residency training program from the ground up. We will be able to incorporate innovative teaching modalities, new technologies such as state of the art SIM facilities and ultrasound program, and an eager faculty base that has been yearning for a residency for years.”