Departments: Emergency Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

Chair: Daniel Kowalzyk, D.O.

Medical emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. It is imperative that an osteopathic physician be prepared to provide emergency care, not only in an emergency department or a physician's office but in social settings where little or no emergency equipment or supplies are readily available. CCOM's emergency medicine program provides medical students with didactic training in emergency medicine. At CCOM, emergency medicine is taught in the emergency departments of affiliate hospitals, under the supervision of attending physicians and emergency medicine residents. Students are exposed to a full range of clinical pathology, presenting to both inner city and suburban emergency departments. A formal didactic program complements their clinical exposure.

The members of the Department of Emergency Medicine are all specialists in the field of emergency medicine. They are engaged in both the clinical practice of emergency medicine as well as in clinical research in the field. Medical students may assist in clinical research projects within the Department of Emergency Medicine.

1805 Emergency Medicine Rotation
In the emergency departments of CCOM's affiliate hospitals, the medical students, under the direction of a member of the department, assist in providing emergency care. The medical students make initial assessments, take histories and physicals, and make case presentations to the attending physician on a patient's condition. They must also propose a diagnosis, develop an appropriate treatment plan, and determine the final disposition of the patient. An orientation lab and weekly lectures are part of the rotation.