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Jeffrey Schaider, M.D., System Department Chair

1900 W. Polk St.
10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

The Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program includes conferences, readings, journal club, small group learning, individualized procedural trainings, lectures and other resources to enhance residents’ knowledge and experience.


Residents participate in 5 hours of conference each week on Wednesday morning. Topics include case conferences in trauma, toxicology, cardiology, ultrasound, orthopedics, and critical care. Residents will present 1-2 case conferences per year and during their final year present a 50 minute grand rounds lecture on a controversial topic in emergency medicine. National and regional speakers are regularly invited to speak on topics ranging from the politics of healthcare to advanced airway techniques. Grand rounds guest lectures present monthly. The Chief’s Conference presents the best and most interesting cases for everyone to share. Spirited morbidity and mortality conferences review the medical chart, clinical errors, optimal management, and clinical pearls to improve patient management. Morbidity and Mortality conference is held twice a month.


The residency uses Rosen’s textbook. During the course of the four years, the textbook is completed in entirety. Monthly post-tests on the reading materials are composed by faculty and taken online.

Recommended Readings

  • USMLE Road Map: Emergency Medicine
    • This text was written by the Cook County EM faculty with this clerkship in mind. It is easily digestible during the 4 week clerkship. The 100 question multiple choice exam at the end of the rotation is based on the contents of this book. You can purchase the book at your local bookstore,, check it out at the library, or purchase it for $20 from Estella Bravo. Click here to view the book on Amazon.
  • EM Clerkship Primer: A Manual for Medical Students
  • Online SAEM Practice Questions
    • The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) has practice tests available online that we can get you access to. In addition to your name, all we need is your email address. The site is: Email Estella Bravo to get signed up. Your evaluation will not be based on these test (practice only).
  • Online Cook County Photoquiz

Journal Club

Journal clubs teach residents to critically evaluate the medical literature while reviewing the latest EM literature over a free dinner at a nearby attending’s home. They occur monthly.

Small Group Learning

Team Teaching days cover a key topic and related procedures in a small group hands on format. Break-out sessions involve members of each class receiving specific training appropriate to their needs. Interns hear topics on chief complaints and research. Juniors receive a lecture series on medical spanish and education. Intermediates enjoy topics on administration and advanced EKG reading. Finally, the PGY IVs hold small group sessions on medical errors and other advanced topics.

Individualized Procedural Training

During orientation, residents participate in a number of procedural workshops on the assessment and management of orthopedic injuries as well as basic and advanced suture and plastic wound closure techniques.  All residents learn and practice advanced trauma life support procedures in orientation and year four cadaver labs with expert faculty. Year four residents and faculty teach emergency procedures to second year medical students at Rush University next door.


The student didactic experience will be a combination of lectures and labs both in person and online. In person lectures will be held on the 10th floor conference room on Monday from 12:30-3:30PM. A schedule will be distributed at the beginning of the rotation. These experiences include labs in toxicology, eye/slit lamp, suture skills, airway management, and emergency ultrasound. A two hour simulation session will be part of the experience as well as an informational session with the residency director on the application process in Emergency Medicine. You will be excused from your clinical duties to attend these lectures. Attendance is required unless have worked the night shift before lectures.

Online lectures recorded by the faculty for the 4th year medical student are also provided. These topics are all very important to your learning and understanding of Emergency Medicine. Please watch them during non-clinical days. For the greatest benefit, watch them early on in the rotation. A password will be provided to view the lectures on the first day of the rotation. Please click on the link to watch the following lectures.

  • Emergency Orthopedics and Splinting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • EKG Interpretation
  • Trauma
  • Hypertensive Emergencies
  • Chest Pain
  • Clinical Decision Making

Other Requirements

Self Directed Learning Portfolio

During this session, the student will present a patient that they saw during the rotation and pose questions that came from that encounter. The student answers their questions and provides those answers to the group. The learning portfolios will be presented on the last Tuesday of the rotation from 12:30-3:30PM (you are excused if you work the Monday overnight shift. Email Estella your written project). Pizza lunch will be served. A write-up of the portfolio is also required. Use the required template below by downloading it and typing your responses in directly. For more information about how to prepare the presentation click here. For the required template to use for the written portion of the project, click here.

Chief Complaint Follow-ups

To ensure that you are evaluating patients with varying emergency department complaints and getting feedback on their ultimate disposition, you are required to complete 7 follow-ups during the course of your 15 shifts. Click on this link for the form and turn it in to Estella at the end of the rotation. The complaints are also listed on the back of your sign in sheet.


The photoquiz is a 50 question picture journey of common or more unusual images obtained during Dr. Sherman’s residency training at Cook County.
The score on the photoquiz is not part of your grade for the rotation, so take it to learn. The quiz consists of clinical images, EKGs, and radiographs. The photoquiz is taken online and can be found by clicking here. The password is “photoquiz”. Print out your certificate at the end and give it to Estella.