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 can’t wait for you to meet them!

 
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Justine Ko

Class of 2021

Medical school: Case Western Reserve University

Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University

Hometown: Marlboro, NJ

If you could have any super power, what would it be? Probably teleportation. I love to travel; teleportation would allow me to visit many more places without the need to waste time on the plane!

Last TV show you binged: Game of Thrones, Westworld, Friends.

Share your favorite NUEM memory: Hard to choose one. All of our residency-wide events…sitting around the firepit at retreat, post in-service hangouts, graduation night.

Favorite thing about NUEM: Without a doubt, the people. We are a family and enjoy each other’s company. This not only includes my co-residents, but also the nurses, techs, APPs, and faculty. 

Why did you choose NUEM?

NUEM turned out to be everything I wanted in a program (fun fact: I almost canceled my interview and I am SO glad I didn’t!). 

1. NUEM has a well-rounded and unique curriculum. We see great pathology within our department and have a focus on critical care. We travel to various ICU units (no floor months!) within our hospital and also to several hospital sites, which aids in our development as clinicians and prepares us to take on any patient that enters the door.

2. The program helps us to become leaders within our field of interest. I was also incredibly impressed with the senior residents and how they managed the department.

3. I felt right at home with the people. This makes all the difference at the end of a busy and tiring night shift. 

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Paul Trinquero

Class of 2019

Medical school: Northwestern

Undergrad: University of Georgia

Hometown: Peachtree City, Georgia

Favorite restaurant in the city? This is a bit of a loaded question because one of my favorite things about Chicago is the world class food scene and variety of high quality restaurants. But if I was to select a favorite based on number of meals/calories consumed, then I would choose Ceres Table, an Italian spot on my block. They do a rotating menu of handmade pastas and wood fired pizzas paired with an expansive Italian wine list and delicious cocktails. It’s reasonably priced, has a trendy vibe, and the food is excellent.

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? Pay off my co-residents under the table to cover the rest of my shifts and then spend the next 3-4 months traveling the world with my wife. Then I would use whatever is left to settle some debts, lock down a nice house, and beef up my 2 month-old son’s college fund.

Favorite thing about NUEM: The people. There are a lot of great NUEM people, past and present, but special shoutout to the class of 2019 for being particularly fun and providing me with innumerable great memories over the past 4 years. And it’s not just residents who are looking to unwind outside the department. We have a great relationship with our nurses, APPs, and entire staff, both on and off the clock.

Why did you choose NUEM?

Coming from medical school at Northwestern, NUEM was my first interview before flying across the country and seeing a bunch of other great programs. But as I was putting together my rank list, I kept comparing everything back to NUEM and a couple of things really stood out. First, I really liked the curriculum, specifically the focus on critical care and the absence of inpatient floor months. I also liked the variety of training environments, including a busy urban academic ED (Northwestern Memorial), a busy, efficient community ED (Lake Forest), a very high acuity community ED in Gary, IN (Methodist), as well as rotations at Cook County for Tox and Trauma. This exposure is not only great for training, but it helps us to make educated career decisions down the road.

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Jake Stelter

Class of 2019

Medical school: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Undergrad: Elmhurst College

Hometown: Lombard, IL

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? Pay off my student loans, buy a new car and give the rest to Doctors Without Borders

What is your favorite thing about Chicago? The food. Hands down the food. There are innumerable options of amazing cuisine, coffee, breweries, etc.

Favorite NUEM memory: My favorite NUEM memories revolve around the social time spent with co-residents outside of work, whether that be playing volleyball in a beach volleyball league, going for boat rides (before it sank) and living life with an amazing group of people.

What surprised you the most about NUEM? I knew when I interviewed here that NUEM was a well run program. I was shocked at how well that actually plays out day to day. Our leadership, especially our residency coordinators, are passionate, responsive and are always there to aid in any way they can. Even from home at all hours, our coordinators are answering our questions and intervening on our behalf, not to mention keeping us organized.

Why did you choose NUEM?

NUEM provides amazing clinical training, gives numerous opportunities to expand extracurricularly and offers numerous mentors in almost every subspecialty within emergency medicine to help guide you in your career path. Also, our critical care training is robust and really makes us great clinicians.

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Vidya Eswaran

Class of 2020

Medical school: Baylor College of Medicine

Undergrad: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hometown: Houston, TX

Favorite thing to do outside of work: I love being outdoors and have a personal quest to visit all 60 national parks. I'm only 1/4 of the way there, so I use any long weekends or vacations I can to reach my goal!

If you could have any super power, what would it be? I'd love a time turner like Hermione Granger. There are so many cool things to do in life and it would be awesome to be able to make more time to be able to do them!

Favorite NUEM memory: It's so hard to choose just one - any time with my coresidents is a great time. One of my favorites was at one of our co-residents' wedding reception this past year. Our chiefs are FANTASTIC are were able to get our whole class off to go to Wisconsin for the weekend. The reception was beautiful, we got all dressed up, and had tons of fun together.

Favorite thing about NUEM: Hands down, it's the people. Not only the residents/faculty, but our nurses, techs and pharmacists in the ED and throughout the hospital as well. It feels like I'm working with family which makes for a really fun and caring work environment. At the end of night shift, the people you're with really makes a difference.

Why did you choose NUEM?

For the opportunities. NUEM is a place where no matter what it is you want to do, or where you want to end up, there are resources and people who care to help you achieve your goals. Be it research, quality improvement, social justice, or more - there are people here who can be your mentor. This translates to clinical practice as well - we have the opportunity to rotate at a variety of practice settings, to treat a wide range of patient populations and to learn from experts not only in EM but in other specialties as well. I feel so lucky to have all these opportunities available to me, and I can only hope to take advantage of as many as I can!

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Jon Andereck

Class of 2019

Medical school: Vanderbilt

Undergrad: Vanderbilt

Hometown: Dublin, OH

Favorite restaurant: Boka - who knew carrots could be SO delicious??

Favorite thing to do outside of work: Bouldering with my wife at one of the many amazing gyms across the city

Favorite thing about Chicago: Riding public transportation to work, which never ceases to remind me of how wonderfully diverse this city is in every aspect

Favorite thing about NUEM: The feeling that I am part of a family with my co-residents, particularly the most wonderfully unique class of 2019 which is filled with the most extraordinary individuals I've ever met

Why did you choose NUEM?

NUEM stood out among every other program at which I interviewed because of its commitment to developing leaders in healthcare. It promised (and has delivered) a rigorous clinical experience over many ICUs and a variety of EDs, which has left me feeling extremely comfortable with sick patients in any context (as evidence, I am writing this while moonlighting overnight in an ICU with no backup). Having also pursued my MBA while in medical school, the administrative opportunities at NUEM and with Dr. Adams were too good to pass up, and my experience here has proven my hopes were well founded. What I didn't know was how incredible my co-residents (especially 2019) would be, and they have made this program simply unforgettable.

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Aaron Quarles

Class of 2019

Medical school: Harvard Medical School

Grad school: Harvard Kennedy School (Masters of Public Policy)

Undergrad: University of Notre Dame

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Favorite restaurant: Easy. Au Cheval. Incredible atmosphere, best burger you've ever had, great drinks, and even the potentially long wait for a table is awesome because you get to explore my favorite neighborhood, West Loop!

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? I would pay of my loans, set up college funds for my nieces and nephew, give some to charity, buy a puppy, and throw and incredible party for NUEM. I would then immediately seek Dr. Pirotte's counsel on what to do with rest of it.

Favorite thing about NUEM: Easiest answer of all... My class, 2019. Having the chance to grow with and learn from such intelligent, hard working, and downright hilarious colleagues has been the greatest joy of this residency journey.

What surprised you the most about NUEM? I am continuously surprised and truly grateful for the incredible support our program and co-residents lend each other, especially during challenging moments. We have a really strong culture of stepping in and stepping up. Honored to be part of this team.

Why did you choose NUEM?

I chose NUEM because I wanted to be challenged with a rigorous and demanding clinical environment designed to produce expert emergency clinicians; an equally supportive and inspiring academic environment that produces leaders in research, administration and education; and a diverse patient population that demands and deserves the exceptional care this program trains us to provide. In choosing NUEM, I entered a family overflowing with mentorship from peers and faculty who have indelibly impacted my career development. NUEM is the only place on my interview trail where I was challenged to dream about what I could become 5-10 years after graduation, and has continued to push me toward those goals throughout training. And did I mention 2019?

Kumar Gandhi

Class of 2020

Medical school: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Undergrad: University of California, Riverside

Hometown: Anaheim Hills, California

Favorite thing to do outside of work? Taking my dog Harper to all the best dog parks around the city.

Favorite thing about Chicago? The amazing food! You could explore the city for a new restaurant every week and find something new and amazing every time.

Last book you read or TV show you binged? The Ozarks, The Office, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, the list goes on…

Favorite thing about NUEM: Knowing on your best day at NUEM you will have co-residents, nurses, and faculty that will celebrate your successes and on your toughest day those same people will be there to pick you up, pat you on the back, and help you become the best physician you can be.

Why did you choose NUEM?

NUEM I felt offered a “best of all worlds” training experience. We are fortunate enough to train at the premier academic center in the state at NMH, rotate at a busy, fast paced community ED in Lake Forest, and see unparalleled pathology while in Gary, Indiana and Cook County Trauma. Lastly, I wanted a program that would provide exposure to the administrative aspect of Emergency Medicine, and while at NUEM I have been fortunate enough to lead our NUEM administration college, partake in several QI projects, sit on several hospital-level committees as well as pursue an MBA at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

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Jonathan Hung

Class of 2021

Medical school: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Michigan

Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ

Favorite thing to do outside of work? Exploring the city with my son

Favorite restaurant in the city? Little Goat for Brunch

If you could have any super power, what would it be? Not needing to sleep

Share your favorite NUEM memory: Aaron Quarles helping me place a central line at the start of my first shift

Why did you choose NUEM?

NUEM checked off all the boxes I was looking for in a residency program and more. Some of those things included training in a large, urban city with a diverse patient population. NUEM showed me there was a lot more to just being a clinician and really emphasized becoming a leader in your field of interest. Furthermore, all the residents and faculty were so down-to-earth and personable. One thing that stood out was how the faculty regularly invites the entire residency into their homes for Adams' Club.

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Danielle Miller

Class of 2019

Medical school: The Ohio State University

Undergrad: The Ohio State University

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Favorite restaurant in the city? Hoosier Mama Pies--where you can order a slice a pie and quiche and fit right in

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? Everyone's dream: buy a Victorian home on 10 acres of land

Share your favorite NUEM memory: When the class of 2019 attended SAEM in Indianapolis, and held the murder mystery party of the century--1800s western costumes and all

Favorite thing about Chicago? One of my favorite weekends in Chicago is Open House Chicago, held by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, a free weekend where you can walk around Chicago neighborhoods and view anything from secret artist studios to Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the city

Why did you choose NUEM?

This place trains excellent clinicians, and also gives you the foundations to find your niche in medicine

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Laurie Nosbusch

Class of 2021

Medical school: University of Chicago

Undergrad: University

of Wisconsin - Madison

Hometown: Mequon, WI

Favorite restaurant in the city? Roister - you get to sit at tables around the kitchen and watch the chefs make your delicious food!

Favorite things to do outside of work? Try new restaurants in the West Loop, hang with Puddles (my dog) at the park, bike along the lakefront

Last book you read or TV show you binged? Parks and Rec

Favorite thing about NUEM? My fellow residents. They are amazingly fun and supportive friends as well as incredibly intelligent and compassionate physicians

Why did you choose NUEM?

1. The residents that I met on my interview day were such genuine, down-to-earth people that seemed truly happy to hang out with the applicants and tell us about why they loved the program. I could picture myself working with these residents, and I wanted to be part of a residency program that made me just as happy as they were.

2. I wanted a four year program that would help me become an excellent clinician as well as develop the skills necessary to lead an ED team. I was impressed by the program's model of graduated responsibility in which the senior residents take ownership over leading the ED team of physicians, PAs, medical students, nurses, techs, etc

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.