UChicago EM

Welcome to the University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency

Email us at uofcem@gmail.com

Welcome from our Program Director

James Ahn

James Ahn

Program Director

Dr. James Ahn is the Program Director and alumni of the University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Program. James is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion as well as professional development within medical education. He is excited to continue to push our program to be the best in the country!

See the full Welcome Letter here!

Meet our Leadership Team!

James Ahn MD, MHPE

James Ahn MD, MHPE

Program Director

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Medical Education Interests: Creating diverse and equitable medical education environments and best practices in professional development.

Walkup Song:We Can Make the World Stop” – The Glitch Mob

Navneet Cheema, MD

Navneet Cheema, MD

Associate Program Director

Hometown: North Royalton, OH

Medical Education Interests: Toxicology education and clinical development of GME learners

Walkup Song:Music For a Sushi Restaurant” – Harry Styles

Adriana Olson, MD, MAEd

Adriana Olson, MD, MAEd

Assistant Program Director

Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Medical Education Interests: Curriculum development and evaluation and non-cognitive skills in professional development

Walkup Song: Try Everything” – Shakira

Jared Novack, MD

Jared Novack, MD

Assistant Program Director (Northshore)

Hometown: Pottsville, PA

Medical Education Interests: Development of simulation curricula and procedural skill education and assessment

Walkup Song:Bombtrack” – Rage Against the Machine

Isabel Malone, MD, MHPE

Isabel Malone, MD, MHPE

Assistant Program Director

Hometown: San Pedro De Marcoris, Dominican Republic

Medical Education Interests: Diversity, equity and inclusion with a special interest in anti-racist curricula and bias in evaluations and humanizing the training process

Walkup Song:Alien Superstar” – Beyonce

Paul Kukulski, MD, MHPE

Paul Kukulski, MD, MHPE

Assistant Program Director

Hometown: Carol Stream, IL

Medical Education Interests: Mechanisms for improving on-shift feedback and decreasing bias in assessment

Walkup Song:Pursuit of Happiness (Aoki Mix)” – Kid Cudi

Meet Our Residents and Pets



Class of 2025



Class of 2024



Class of 2023

Who We Are

Diversity by the Numbers


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One of the oldest EM residencies in the country, teaching the EM leaders of the future


A top priority is serving the South Side community both at work and through our community outreach programs.


At the busiest trauma center in Chicago, we care for blunt and penetrating trauma patients throughout our 3 years.


With a structured 3-year curriculum and our enthusiastic faculty, rolling the Ultrasound into the room becomes second nature.   


We value diversity in all senses of the word! We believe that the best residents are those that can learn from each other because of their differences.


A dedication to MedEd amongst all faculty and our amazing MedEd fellows, makes UME and GME a core theme throughout residency.


At the Northshore Center for Simulation and Innovation, residents practice rare but critical procedures and focus on communication and leadership during resuscitations.

Social EM

From global HIV and Syphilis screening, to a growing medication assisted opioid treatment, we strive to address the social determinants that dictate out patients' health.


We work along-side flight nurses and medics to transport critically ill patients of all ages by ground and air. 

Global EM

Our Global EM faculty support EM education internationally, while ensuring our residents get the global EM training and mentorship necessary to their own future careers.


Beyond working with pre-hospital colleagues during transitions of care in the ED, our exposure to the Region XI EMS system includes everything from serving as on-line medical control to ride time.


Making a large ED run smoothly requires skill and innovation. Residents partner directly with leadership to make the changes that are needed to adapt to our current circumstances.


Working in the Peds ED and PICU of Comer Children's Hospital provides residents with exposure to high-volume general and critically-ill medical/trauma pediatric care.