Postdoctoral Programs: Emergency Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

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 is the largest osteopathic emergency medicine program in the United States. There are currently 68 residents in a wide variety of practice environments, including urban/community hospital settings and trauma centers. Our residents rotate at world-renowned care centers. As of July 1, 2010 we will have over 400 graduates practicing throughout the United States.

Overview of Emergency Medicine Department

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.

Faculty and Staff

Dan Kowalczyk, D.O., Chairman
Paul J. Allegretti, D.O., FACOEP, Program Director
Keri Robertson, D.O., Associate Program Director
John DeSalvo, D.O., FACOEP, Assistant Program Director
John Wm. Graneto, D.O., M.Ed., FACOP, FACOEP, Education Director
LaShawn Tucker, Program Assistant Emergency Medicine

Program Information

The MWU/CCOM Emergency Medicine Residency consists of three clusters within one EM Program.

Cluster One - Provident Hospital, Weiss Hospital

Cluster Two - St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers (Hammond and Dyer Campuses), St. Bernard's Hospital, St. Anthony's Hospital (Crown Point, IN)

Cluster Three - Swedish Covenant Hospital, St. James Hospital and Health Centers (Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights Campuses)

Each cluster has its own program director and core faculty. However, we remain one residency. We meet as an entire residency on our educational conference days on Wednesday mornings. Conferences are held on a rotating basis at Swedish Covenant Hospital, St. James Olympia Fields, Provident Hospital of Cook County and St. Margaret Mercy in Hammond, Indiana.

Lecture Series: Speakers from the Emergency Medicine Core faculty and guests from a wide variety of specialties present weekly lectures covering a variety of topics encompassing the field of Emergency Medicine.


The MWU Emergency Medicine residency is a four-year program.

1st Year Resident (OGME-1):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). They follow the standards set by the AOA.

2nd Year Resident (OGME-2): 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 emergnecy medicine.

3rd Year Resident (OGME-3): 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.

4th Year Resident (OGME-4): 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.

EM/IM Residents have six months of Internal Medicine in lieu of Emergency Medicine months.

Sample Educational Schedule – One Month

Medical Law for the Non-Attorney
Advances in the Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism
Debt Management and Financial Primer
Rosen's Chapter 164: General Approach to the Pediatric Patient pp 2083-2093 and Chapter 165: Pediatric Fever pp 2094-2103

Trauma Grand Rounds
Patient Relations Training, What You Need to Know
Chapter 166: Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Upper Airway Obstruction and Infections pp 2104-2114 and Chapter 167: Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Lower Airway Obstruction pp 2115-2126

The Knee
EM Reports
Journal Club
Chapter 168: Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Diseases of the Lungs pp 2127-2137 and Chapter 169: Cardiac Disorders pp 2138-2152 (to end of CHF section)

Procedure Lab: Thoracotomy, IV Access, Cricothyrotomy
Chapter 169 Cardiac Disorders pp 2152-2167 and Chapter 170 Gastrointestinal Disorders pp 2168-2187

Clinical Sites

How to Apply

If you meet the following requirements, you may apply to MWU/CCOM's Emergency Medicine Residency Program through ERAS:

ERAS requires the following:

Application deadline is November 1.


Resident/Student Contact

LaShawn Tucker, Emergency Medicine Program Assistant
Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Related Links

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians

American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine