Dr. Hafner, Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Hafner, Program Director


Welcome to the University of Illinois at Peoria (UICOMP) EM Residency Program! Emergency Medicine in Peoria is both fast-paced and broad-based, serving a diverse patient population with unique pathology and high acuity. Our residency program emphasizes a comprehensive learning environment that is focused upon your training and clinical experiences. We are particularly strong in pre-hospital medicine, pediatrics and high-fidelity simulation.

From level-one trauma care, Life Flight involvement, and multiple critical care experiences, emergency medicine at UICOMP is both exciting and challenging. We aim to develop physicians that emphasize compassionate patient-centered care and are the future leaders of our specialty. While training in emergency medicine may seem challenging, at UICOMP you become one of our EM family, and team members are always there with help and mentorship. YOU GOT THIS!

John Hafner, MD, MPH, FACEP
Program Director


Our program is located at located at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, a regional tertiary care medical center with a Level I Trauma Center. Its state-of-the-art Emergency Department includes:

  • 57 treatment rooms
  • large Trauma/Resuscitation rooms
  • in-department radiology
  • all key-carded private patient rooms

Children’s Hospital of Illinois — OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is also home to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, the largest children’s hospital between Chicago and St. Louis.

Jump Simulation — A large, world-class simulation center, with dedicated simulation curriculum and faculty.

We’re A Family

Our residents and faculty are a close-knit group both in and out of the hospital. We maintain a friendly, people-oriented atmosphere that is conducive to learning.

In Peoria, we place a strong emphasis on teamwork and patient-centered care.

Emergency Residency Family

Living and Working in Peoria

Our program offers a “big city hospital” without the hassles of living in a big city.

Peoria boasts a growing downtown and riverfront, a rich park system, and many family-friendly activities, including: minor league and college sports teams, art fairs, a zoo, a museum, and more.

Plus low cost of living and easy commutes.

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Department of Emergency Medicine