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Department of Emergency Medicine
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Training Sites

Our residents are trained to become outstanding emergency medicine clinicians while caring for diverse patient populations at unique training sites throughout the Chicago area. Learn more about all of our training sites below.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) is a nationally recognized academic medical center and a major Midwest referral center, with more than 1,900 physicians representing virtually every clinical specialty. Patient accommodations include 894 beds between NMH and its Prentice Women’s Hospital. The NMH Emergency Department (ED) cared for 84,277 patients in 2019. 

NMH ranks 10th nationwide on the US News & World Report Best Hospitals 2020-2021 Honor Roll, with 11 of 16 specialties recognized for outstanding performance. For the ninth consecutive year, Northwestern Memorial was named the #1 hospital in Illinois and the Chicago Metro Region.

NMH is a leading provider in charity care in Illinois. In 2018, Northwestern Medicine provided $846.5 million in community benefits, including charity care, other unreimbursed care, research, education, and other community benefit activities, amounting to more than 17% of patient service revenue. Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s patient- and community-driven mission has led to the development of partnerships and initiatives designed to have a measurable, positive impact on the health of medically underserved residents in our communities.

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Prentice Women's Hospital

Prentice Women’s Hospital at NMH opened in October 2007, when it moved from its original facility to a new, 1-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to providing care for the unique needs of women through all stages of life. With 328 licensed beds, care at Prentice extends beyond obstetrics and gynecology to women’s heart health, neurology, bone care and mental health. In partnership with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the Women’s Health Research Institute at Prentice plays a critical role in research and health policy advocacy at institutional, state and federal levels.

Northwestern Emergency Medicine residents have two rotations at Prentice in their second year: obstetrics and gynecology and the neonatal ICU. Prentice facilitates 13,600 deliveries per year, making it the largest birthing center in Illinois. The Renee Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can provide for an estimated 1,600 premature or seriously ill newborns, making it one of the largest NICUs in the country. Northwestern’s commitment to providing quality care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay extends to Prentice Women’s Hospital; annually, nearly 30 percent of infant care provided in the NICU is reimbursed by Medicaid or provided as free care.

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

In June 2012, after 130 years in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Children’s Memorial Hospital moved to the Northwestern downtown campus and became the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (LCH). Though the name is new, the relationship between Children’s and the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine spans over 60 years. LCH is nationally ranked in all 10 specialties according to the US News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals 2020-2021 Honor Roll.

In 2019, Lurie Children’s was awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). AAHRPP promotes high quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their research protection programs.

The LCH ED treated 51,266 patients in 2019. As a whole, the 288-bed hospital annually cares for children from every legislative district in Illinois, all 50 states, and over 30 countries. Patients come from far and wide to seek care at Lurie.

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John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County

Our residents rotate in the Cook County Trauma & Burn Unit at the John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County once during their second year and again during their fourth year. The trauma unit/trauma ICU at Cook County was the first in the country and is one of the busiest in the U.S. The role of second-year residents on the rotation is that of a junior on the service; senior residents act as the team leader for the 24-hour call day. In this role, senior residents have the same responsibility as the senior residents on their call days: leading resuscitations and supervising all care within the unit. At Cook County, trauma patients are seen in a separate trauma unit, not in the regular ED. This patient care model is different than that of Northwestern Memorial, where trauma patients must be managed at the same time as all other patients on the trauma half of the main ED. This contrast in care models provides for outstanding, comprehensive trauma education for our residents.

All residents complete a one-month toxicology rotation at Cook County during their third year. Residents work with members of the Toxikon Consortium, a collaboration of healthcare providers from multiple academic institutions in Chicago who are dedicated to clinical care, training, education and research related to poisoned patients. Residents divide their time during this rotation between the Illinois Poison Center, rounds with the Toxikon faculty and fellows and didactic sessions.

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Gary Methodist Hospital

Gary Methodist Hospital

Methodist Hospital - Northlake Campus is located 35 miles from downtown Chicago. The rotations at Methodist provide an opportunity to work in a busy, inner-city community ED with a large trauma population and high medical acuity. There are no other residents at the Northlake Campus, so our residents have the chance to work in a true “unopposed” community environment, one-on-one with the attending physician. The Northlake Campus ED treated 34,995 patients in 2018. 

In 2018 the Northlake campus completed a $12.1 million renovation of its emergency room and intensive care unit with expanded patient rooms, updated monitoring systems, centralized work stations and a fast-track area designed to treat less acuity patients at an increased rate.

Methodist plays a major role in addressing the health needs of underserved patients of Northwest Indiana. Methodist Hospitals provided nearly $87.8 million in unpaid Medicare, charity care, and community services last year.

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Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (NLFH) is a state-of-the-art, 215-bed community hospital located in Lake Forest, Illinois (32 miles from downtown) that opened its doors in 2018. The hospital’s five interconnected pavilions provide an integrated foundation for inpatient and ambulatory care that includes 114 private inpatient rooms, 72 outpatient care spaces, eight operating rooms and 106 clinic examination rooms. In addition to a brand-new hospital, Northwestern Lake Forest was recently named a Region X EMS System Resource Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

NLFH is a Level II Trauma Center, accredited Chest pain Center, Primary Stroke Center, and an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics allowing a comprehensive community experience for residents. 20% of its patient volume consists of pediatric patients. The Lake Forest ED treated 34,452 patients in 2019.

Our residents currently spend one block at Lake Forest during their second, third, and fourth years. Residents are provided optional housing during the rotations, as well as a complimentary membership at a fitness center on campus. Residents have the opportunity to work alongside many alumni of the program, as well as highly dedicated nursing and ancillary staff.

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