Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Residents spend multiple dedicated blocks every year working in the Pediatric ER of Comer Children’s Hospital (located on the same campus as the UChicago Medical Center ED). Comer is the only Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center on the Southside of Chicago and EM residents from all over Chicago rotate there to gain valuable pediatric critical care experience. This also allows UChicago interns to learn from senior residents from other programs in addition to senior Pediatric residents from Comer. Our residents also work with Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows, amazing Child Life specialists, and the nationally renowned Comer Social Work and Child Protective Services teams.
At Northshore Hospital the ED serves all ages, providing residents with the experience of treating a newborn next door to an 80-year-old. Unlike Comer, Northshore does not have a Pediatric Intensive Care, so residents also learn how to stabilize, assess, and transfer patients. Both of these skills are invaluable in the community setting.
Pediatric Intensive Care
During the PGY-1 year, residents spend time in the PICU of Comer Children’s Hospital treating critically ill children with a variety of conditions, from severe asthma to rare genetic or metabolic disorders. EM interns are the only PGY-1s who rotate in this setting, with all other rotators from Peds and other programs waiting until they are PGY-2s. This distinction and trust represents the fund of critical care knowledge that our residents display even as interns.