Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Advocate Christ Medical Center! ACMC is a 749 bed Level 1 Trauma Center located in Oak Lawn, IL, just southwest of Chicago.  It ranks nationally in many specialties and is known across the country for excellence in teaching and research.  The Emergency Department is known nationwide as one of the highest volume and highest acuity centers in the country, with approximately 120,000 patient visits and more than 4500 trauma activations each year. 

Why Christ?

We firmly believe we have an extraordinary emergency medicine residency program.  When it comes down to it, Christ EM is a family.  From day 1, our interns are treated the same as the most senior member of the program and work one to one with an attending to take care of patients of all acuities who come their way. Click below for more information.


We offer an intense 3 year curriculum packed with 24 months of emergency medicine, 3 months of electives, 2 months dedicated to trauma and a longitudinal pediatric emergency medicine experience in our brand new Pediatric Emergency Department.  In addition our residents rotate through our MICU, Neuro ICU, PICU and Trauma ICU gaining a wide range of skills in the resuscitation and management of the critically ill patient. Residents choose electives ranging from pharmacy, trauma, toxicology, EMS, ultrasound, and administration to other custom made electives including a brand new international medicine elective.  Christ boasts the longest running ultrasound fellowship in the country and currently staffs 10 US fellowship trained attendings.  Our residents typically complete approximately 300 scans in their time, including a 2 week dedicated individual training session w/ a US trained fellow. Click Below for more info


When you train at Christ, you won't just become an outstanding emergency physician, you'll also inherit a nationwide network of alumni who are dedicated to helping out Christ grads.  Our residents and faculty form a close knit family that lasts far beyond their training.  We have alumni scattered over 38 states, with 60% in clinical practice and 40% in academics.  Among our ED faculty, we boast 11 US/RDMS physicians,  7 EM/ICU trained docs and 2 clinical toxicologists. In addition our Pediatric ED is staffed by 11 Peds EM trained physicians in addition to our normal emergency medicine staff.  Our residents and attendings are assisted nearly 24/7 by our excellent staff of emergency medicine trained clinical pharmacists. Take a look at our faculty in depth by clicking below.


Each year, Christ EM residents and faculty continue to produce ground-breaking research.  This year, posters were presented at ICEP, ACEP, SAEM and CORD just to name a few. As one of the top medical centers nationwide, ACMC has been enrolled in many major clinical trials.   Each resident is required to complete a scholarly project in their time here at Christ.  These projects range from randomized control trials to textbook chapters to attempts at streamlining hospital policy.  Click Below for more info

Global Health

Advocate, in partnership with the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC), supports an annual Global Health elective for residents and faculty in the Dominican Republic. The experience allows for unique opportunities to collaborate with multiple disciplines (medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy), and includes a full community immersion that literally brings our physicians into the homes and lives of the Dominican people they serve. Through the experience, participants gain a better understanding of international healthcare systems, cultural diversity, and global vision. In addition, our residents have the opportunity to participate in Global Health experiences around the world. We prioritize partnerships with established organizations that provide longitudinal medical care and health education. Dr. Thaer Ahmad, Assistant Program Director, leads our Global Health outreach.


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At ACMC, we recognize that optimal clinical performance and professional satisfaction require work/life balance and resident well-being.  Elise Lovell, Program Director, and Kelly Williamson, Assistant Program Director; along with other national EM educators, co-founded a wellness curriculum that was introduced to 5 EM residency programs in 2017.  In September 2018 we executed our inaugural ACMC EM Residency Retreat lakeside in Michigan, with sessions focused on program advancement, self reflection, and team building.  We continue to welcome new ideas to promote a healthy, happy residency training experience.


ACMC in the News

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