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!


Kaitlin Ray

Class of 2020

Medical school: University of Tennessee

Undergrad: Duke University



Hometown: Nashville, TN  





Favorite restaurant in the city? Small Cheval


If you could have any super power, what would it be? Anosmia

Last book you read or TV show you binged? Shameless, Fixer Upper, Devil in the White City. Currently reading Thinking Fast and Slow!

Favorite thing about NUEM? The family vibe--you know someone always has your back. Someone is always there for you--whether it's to vent about a tough shift, try out a new restaurant, or just hang out on someone's patio. 

Why did you choose NUEM?


I fell in love with NUEM during my away rotation here my 4th year of medical school. I immediately realized I wanted to be a part of this amazing, fun-loving group of people who both inspire and exemplify clinical excellence in a supportive environment. 



Steve Chukwulebe

Class of 2019



Medical school: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Undergrad: Loyola University Chicago




Hometown: Chicago, IL  





Favorite thing outside of work? Like many of us, I value my time off-work. Some of my favorite pastimes include not only keeping active like going to the gym, biking, snowboarding (yearly when on vacation), but I also enjoy painting and drawing. 

Favorite Books? When I actually find the time to read, I'm currently rotating between "The White Coat Investor: A Doctor's Guide To Personal Finance And Investing", "We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy", and "Bouncebacks! Emergency Department Cases: ED Returns". But honestly, most times I'd rather kickback to a quality TV show...GOT, Westworld, Black Mirror, Daredevil have been some of my more recent faves.

Favorite NUEM memory: Getting to play "I Just Can't Wait to be King" from the Lion King Soundtrack to help facilitate patient care.



Why did you choose NUEM?


When I got an opportunity to rotate through the Northwestern ED as a medical student, one of the greatest draws that I saw in this program was the strength that the senior residents exhibited at being a team leader. I believe that many programs will offer you training to become an outstanding emergency clinician. I was awed by how effectively the seniors here coordinated teams of junior residents, nurses, ED techs, respiratory therapists, and even attendings, all while knowing accurate details pertaining to specific patient medical history and their emergency care. I wanted to be part of that and learn from that. Not to mention learning by osmosis from the Jim Adams. 


Matt McCauley

Class of 2021



Medical school: Case Western Reserve University

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin

Hometown: Milwaukee

Favorite thing about Chicago? The lakefront: we have easily have one of the best coastlines of any city, who cares if it's not on an ocean.

Favorite NUEM memory: getting to see all of the residents outside of the ED at retreat 

Favorite restaurant? Tango Sur: BYOB Argentinian steakhouse where you can shorten your life via irresponsible consumption of grilled meats 

Favorite thing to do outside of work? Running, cycling, drastically over-thinking the cooking process of just about anything   


Why did you choose NUEM?


I rotated here and found a residency program full awesome people that could manage an entire emergency department - all while still being excited to teach a try-hard visiting medical student 


Dana Loke

Class of 2020



Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Hometown: Merton, WI





Favorite restaurant in the city? Quartino’s - it’s a cute little Italian tapas place

Share your favorite NUEM memory: Anything to do with retreat at Camp Beber, but my absolute favorite is canoeing on the lake at retreat

Last book you read or TV show you binged? Peaky Blinders

Favorite thing about Chicago? There’s so much to do! It’s been amazing exploring the city…I even have a Chicago bucket list of things to do!


Why did you choose NUEM?



I rotated at Northwestern as a medical student and really vibed with the residents and faculty. After the rotation was done I just felt like I belonged at Northwestern and wanted to continue my experience. I was amazed by the residents. To put it simply, they were all great doctors - intelligent and quick-thinking but caring and compassionate. I knew that if I came to Northwestern I would be on that track, and now that I’m here I can say it’s definitely lived up to my expectations.



Sarah Sanders 


Class of 2019

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Undergrad and Grad school: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite restaurant in the city? Low Country - seafood boil spot in Wrigleyville. Tasty food. Picnic tables. Eating with your hands. Freshly fried beignets and deep fried oreos. What could be better?

Favorite thing to do outside of work? Cooking, or at least attempting to cook. 

What surprised you the most about NUEM? How much the residency has become my second family.

Favorite thing about Chicago? The food scene is phenomenal. From the hole in the wall taco shops to Michelin starred restaurants, there is a never-ending list of must-visit restaurants/bars throughout the city, keeping a foodie like me always excited for the next spot.

Why did you choose NUEM?

I knew I wanted a training environment where I'd have the opportunity to be the most well-rounded emergency medicine provider as possible. The NUEM training environment provides that such opportunity. From the training at a tertiary care academic hospital to being the lone physician in Gary, Indiana - each rotation and experience at NUEM serves a purpose to better provide you with the tools to be the best clinician possible. Additionally, the graduated senior role of supervising junior providers and focusing on ED thorough-put was an attractive aspect of the residency as I wanted an opportunity to not only exponentially increase my clinical exposure, but to gain skills outside of clinical medicine.

Plus, Chicago is a fantastic city that has an unlimited opportunities to socialize and be a regular person outside of work, so it's truly a win-win.


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.