The final year prepares the resident to obtain any position in emergency medicine, whether academic or community based. Leader In the Adult Emergency Department, in addition to honing their diagnostic and problem solving skills, residents manage patient flow, teach and supervise more junior residents, and master emergency medicine procedures.
Community Emergency Medicine
West Suburban Hospital’s busy community ED has an annual census of 52,000 patients with 16,000 pediatric cases. Residents continue to improve their efficiency by
using dictation and electronic patient tracking systems. Shifts are scheduled during the busiest time of day, creating an ideal high-acuity learning environment, that allows residents to perform advanced procedures and sharpen complex decision-making skills.
During this four week experience, residents learn about the operation of a high volume public emergency department and residency program. Working with faculty preceptors, residents design and complete departmental quality improvement projects, participate in the resident selection process, attend various committee meetings, and provide technical and administrative support during conferences.
Elective time provides the opportunity to investigate a particular area of emergency medicine or explore new clinical interests. Rotations are typically completed at Stroger Hospital or local institutions, but residents have pursued novel experiences across the country and abroad. Popular electives include oral surgery, SICU, pediatric anesthesia and disaster relief with a variety of established international aid organizations.