Midwestern University


Established in 1981, Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency Program is approved by the American Osteopathic Association and Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.

The Emergency Medicine Program was the largest emergency medicine program in the United States and has over 450 graduates practicing throughout the United States.

In 2018, the program underwent review by the ACGME as part of the single-accreditation process. It did not achieve accreditation under its current structure, so the program decided to close and train out its existing residents under AOA and ACOEP accreditation.

Several of the residency's clinical training sites, however, became independently accredited by the ACGME to start as their own emergency medicine residency in July of 2019. The first site to do so was Swedish Covenant Hospital in conjunction with St Bernard's Hospital. Starting July of 2021, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields welcomed their first PGY-1 class.


The MWU/CCOM Emergency Medicine Residency is a four-year AOA-approved program which follows the Basic Standards for Residency Training in Emergency Medicine of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP). The philosophy of the department is that Emergency Medicine is best learned in an emergency department, with additional experience coming from selected rotations pertinent to emergency care. The dynamic field of Emergency Medicine requires our program to be flexible to remain current and innovative.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Department of Emergency Medicine is to train osteopathic emergency medicine physicians and to provide exemplary emergency medicine role models for medical students. The MWU/CCOM EM residency program and medical student educational opportunities include multiple hospitals in high volume urban and suburban settings in the greater Chicago area. Student and resident didactics will be appropriate to level of training, rigorous and comprehensive. Basic and advanced fundamentals of clinical research will be utilized in individual or cooperative research projects during resident training. The goal is to graduate osteopathic emergency physicians that are prepared to practice in modern, culturally and socioeconomically diverse environments. Faculty and residents practice compassionate, effective, evidence-based emergency medicine. Faculty provide one-on-one mentorship to residents and assist in the development of scholarly activity, and work to advance the field of emergency medicine.


The resident spends the year based at St. James Hospital and Health Centers and their affiliates as well as at St. Margaret Mercy (Hammond and Dyer Campuses).

Emergency Medicine (4 months)

Internal Medicine (3 months)

General Surgery (2 months)

Obstetrics/Gynecology (1 month)

Pediatrics (1 month)

Surgery Subspecialty (1 month)


The resident performs primary individual patient care in the Emergency Department and specialty services. The second year provides the resident with a broad-based knowledge, technical skill, and theory behind emergency medicine.

Emergency Medicine (8 months)

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (1 month at Hope Children's Hospital)

Radiology (1 month)

Trauma (1 month Stroger Cook County Hospital)

Vacation (4 weeks)


As the resident's clinical acumen and knowledge base expands, the resident incurs increasing responsibilities for teaching students and managing a busy, urban Emergency Department.

Emergency Medicine (8 months)

Intensive Care Unit (1 month)

Orthopedic Surgery (1 month)

Trauma (1 month at Stroger Hospital of Cook County)

Vacation (4 weeks)


The senior resident has increased administrative and teaching responsibilities in preparation to becoming an attending physician. In addition, the resident prepares for the steps to becoming board certified by the ABOEM.

Emergency Medicine (8 months)

Emergency Medical Services/Administration (1 month with the Chicago Fire Department)

Research (1 month)

Toxicology (1 month Toxicon/Illinois Poison Control Center)

Vacation (4 weeks)

Clinical Rotation Sites

Franciscan Health Hammond, IN

Franciscan Health Crown Point, IN

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, IL

Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, Oak Lawn, IL

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

University of Illinois in Chicago, Toxicon

Contact Information

Sara Cogswell

20201 S Crawford Olympia Fields, IL 60461



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