About the NUEM Blog

Welcome to the NUEM Blog. Thanks for reading!


The last few years have seen huge advances in the world of Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMEd). The mission of the FOAMEd community is to provide free educational content for all medical specialists, regardless of location, institution, or level of training. This goal complements the teaching model of residency, but we feel that it should be a two-sided effort. Our mission for the NUEM Blog is to create high-quality educational content and at the same time give our residents the opportunity to develop their reading, writing, and reviewing skills. Each post is created using a bottom-up model: a junior resident and senior resident work together to select a core-content topic, after which the junior writes the initial draft and the senior reviews and edits it. The final draft is reviewed by one of our faculty members before final publication.

The NUEM Blog is a project run by residents, for residents. From core EM content to brand new advances in research, we seek to bring a resident perspective to the FOAMEd world. The NUEM Blog will also showcase ongoing resident-led initiatives at Northwestern, such as the exciting work being done by our Airway and Ultrasound Committees. As our resident projects continue to develop, so will the content of the NUEM Blog. In the spirit of FOAMEd, everything on this site will always be free and open to the world, and we welcome any feedback that you, our readers, might have to help us continue to improve.

NUEM Blog Team

Michael Macias, MD,

2017 Graduate

Founder, Advisor 


Andra Farcas, MD
PGY-2 EM Resident

Social Media Specialist 


Justine Ko, MD
PGY-2 EM Resident

Resident Associate Editor


David Feiger, MD
PGY-1 EM Resident

Social Media Specialist 


Maurey Hajjar, MD, MPH
PGY-1 EM Resident



Vytas Karalius, MD, MPH, MA
PGY-1 EM Resident

Expert Commentary Recruiter


Niki Patel, MD
PGY-1 EM Resident

Social Media Specialist 


Kevin Dyer, MD,

PGY-3 EM Resident

Analytics Advisor


Vidya Eswaran, MD, 

PGY-3 EM Resident

Social Media Specialist Advisor


Terese Whipple, MD,

PGY-3 EM Resident

Resident Associate Editor Advisor


John Bailitz, MD
Program Director



Abra Fant, MD

Faculty Advisor & Associate Faculty Editor 


Matthew Klein, MD, 

Medical Education Fellow



Patrick Lank, MD

Faculty Advisor & Associate Faculty Editor - Toxicology and Pharmacology

Nahzinine Shakeri, MD

Faculty Advisor & Associate Faculty Editor 


Seth Treuger, MD

Faculty Advisor & Associate Faculty Editor


Chelsea Harrison                  

Advisor & Blog Coordinator