Residents of the Block

At NUEM, our year is broken up into 15 blocks - one for each of our residents. Each block we'll highlight a new resident.

We cant wait for you to meet them!


Jason Chodakowski 


Class of 2020

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Undergrad and Grad school: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduate school at Loyola University Chicago

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Favorite thing outside of work? Playing with my dog, dates with my girlfriend, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Last TV show that I binged? Narcos

Favorite restaurant? There is no such thing, because there is just too much good food in this city.

Favorite thing about Chicago? The miles and miles of open public space/parks/trails along the beautiful lake.

Why did you choose NUEM?

 As a medical student here I knew the program and faculty very well, and loved my EM rotation. Between the busy ED and the amazing off-service rotations (in particular the amount of critical care time) I felt the residency offered very broad and comprehensive emergency medicine training. The people you meet at a program end of up making up a big reason for why you choose it, and in short I simply felt that I would be part of a great family if I came to NUEM, and with every year the family gets bigger and better!



Alexandra Herndon

Class of 2021

Med school: University of Pennsylvania

Undergrad: University of Washington 

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Favorite restaurant in the city? - Maybe not a restaurant per se but its Molly's Cupcakes

Favorite thing to do outside of work? - Get creative whether its food, art, or writing. 

What surprised you the most about NUEM? - The strong team mentality when working in the ED between not only physicians, but the nurses, EDAs and techs. 

Favorite thing about NUEM? - My fellow residents

Last book you read or TV show you binged? - American Vandal on Netflix

Favorite thing about Chicago? - Chicago Summers 

Why did you choose NUEM?

I chose NUEM for two major reasons:

1. After coming to NUEM to interview and listening to Dr. Adams speak, I became a major supporter and follower of his ideology regarding why EM is so awesome and where we should be heading as a specialty, but furthermore he was the only person along the interview trail to directly address and ensure resident happiness not only during residency, but including helping align careers to where we can continue to feel fulfilled and happy with our careers, 10, 20 and 30 years down the road.

2. NUEM's reputation speaks for itself. I knew going into EM that I could practically go anywhere and receive strong training, however NUEM also provided security regarding career opportunities given the extensive network and strong reputation this program has established.