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For Current Rotators

ED Orientation

We hope you find your rotation in the Rush University Medical Center Emergency Department an educational experience. To set you up for success we have put together several resources for you. The orientation should take you no more than 10 minutes and is well worth your time to avoid frustration on your first few shifts. We look forward to working with you during your month in the Emergency Department.

There are three steps toward EM rotation enlightenment:

STEP 1. How to make schedule requests

We know that this is your biggest concern so let’s sort this out right away. Your number of shifts in the department will depend on the length of your rotation in the emergency department. Most residents will have two week rotations during which they will complete eight shifts. All shifts are nine hours in length.

For each two week rotation you may submit a maximum of two requests (four for a full block rotation). Please also let us know which rotations you are coming from, and going to, surrounding your ED rotation, so that we may appropriately schedule you in the ED. Any didactic requirements (board review, retreats, etc.) that you expect to attend must also be submitted prior to the start of the rotation.

Schedule requests are due at least six weeks before the start of the block. Please note that we schedule an entire block at once, so if you are rotating in the second half of a block, that means your requests are actually due eight weeks before you start! We will try to accommodate your preferences as much as possible but if multiple residents request the same dates, then seniority and timeliness of your schedule request will determine resident shift assignment. The final schedule will be posted on the master shift schedule. The password is emailed to you along with your other orientation materials.

Submit your schedule requests here

STEP 2. Additional documents to review


Any questions can be directed to our coordinator Julie Mendez at, our scheduling chief residents Hannah Meissner and Savannah Benko, or Dr. Kuhns at We look forward to having you in the ED!

Rotation Contacts

Course Director
Kasia Gore, MD

Scheduling Chief Residents
Vanessa Petrak

Ben Mogni

Residency Coordinator
Julie Mendez
(312) 942-7802

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