About Our Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Our mission is to train community-based, emergency medicine physician leaders with an emphasis on evidence-based medicine. While providing paramount health care services to the culturally diverse community that Swedish Covenant Health and St. Bernard Hospital serves, we will treat and care for our patients as whole persons, with dedication and commitment.
Our commitment includes a continuous re-examination of our ACGME accredited program and priorities given our community’s changing needs, so that we may remain consistent with our basic philosophy and offer the best educational experience to our future emergency medicine physicians.
The first year will have the approach of a traditional internship with a focus on rotations that will give the resident a strong core in Emergency Medicine. The resident will develop a strong, diverse and complete backbone of medical knowledge that they will apply towards their approach to patient care in the Emergency Department. They will have early exposure to critical care, as well as pediatric, OB, anesthesia and orthopedic patients.
They will also begin to participate in a Community Service Project (CSP), with guidance from faculty as well as senior residents.
The second year will begin to focus the resident deeper into medical aspects that pertain to Emergency Medicine care. They will have their junior trauma rotation as well as further critical care experience, including pediatric intensive care exposure.
The resident will spend time focusing on radiology and ultrasound medicine. One of the Emergency Medicine blocks will allow the resident dedicated time with less assigned shifts per block to designate towards a Community Service Project.
The third year will allow the resident to advance further in management of the Emergency Department, from directing the flow of patient care to learning about the administrative aspect of the job. The resident will continue to expand their knowledge and expertise on critical care. They will rotate through Toxicology, working with the Cook County toxicologists and the Illinois Poison Control Center. They also have dedicated time to put towards a research project/scholarly activity and executing a Community Service Project.
The resident will have a designated rotation in psychiatric medicine, learning more about this particular aspect of emergency care. The resident will also be able to choose their first elective to apply towards their own personal interest in Emergency Medicine.
The fourth and final year will allow the resident more independence and autonomy in practicing and fine-tuning their skills. They will also be introduced to Emergency Medicine Services in several different aspects, allowing them to develop an understanding of this component of Emergency Medicine. The resident will be well-rounded in all aspects of Emergency Medicine.
While in the Emergency Department, the resident will function as a “Junior Faculty Member”, with significant teaching and administrative roles in addition to patient care responsibilities. The resident will have a senior trauma rotation as well as a second elective to tailor their educational experience towards their personal interests in Emergency Medicine.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Medical Education office at 773-989-3808 or meded@SwedishCovenant.org.