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Pamela Ganschow, MD
Program Director

Christie Edwards
Academic Coordinator

1900 W. Polk St. 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 864-4446
Fax: (312) 864-9593

Welcome From the Director

The Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital (formerly known as Cook County Hospital) is committed to training primary care and/or public health oriented physicians in the principles and practices of population-based health care and in the care of underserved populations. The two year ACGME accredited residency has concurrent academic and practicum phases.

The program is focused on preparing physicians with skills to improve the organization and delivery of preventive and chronic care services in a population framework, with a focus on strategies to reduce health disparities. The educational goal of the program is anchored by an ethic of service, recognition of the dignity of our patients, respect for human diversity, and commitment to human rights.

Our trainees benefit from a diverse training experience created through collaborations and partnerships between Stroger Hospital and Northwestern Medicine (the aligned academic medical center formed by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NU-FSM) and Northwestern Memorial Health Care), other academic institutions on Chicago’s Westside Medical Center campus, and with public health agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Pamela Ganschow, MD
Program Director

Educational Objectives

The overall educational objectives of the program are:

  1. To develop behavioral and technical clinical skills necessary for the delivery of preventive medicine services for reduction of morbidity and mortality from adult chronic diseases.
  2. To plan, implement, and evaluate population-based initiatives in the setting of health care organizations and/or departments of public health.
  3. To develop critical assessment, methodological, and analytic skills with respect to evidence based public health research, with a particular emphasis on links between epidemiology, behavioral medicine, and prevention.
  4. To develop communication skills in the context of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary clinical and public health settings as well as academic and organizational/administrative settings.

Program Curriculum

This program is accredited by the ACGME to accept and train two residents each year. All residents spend 24 months in the full-time program during which academic and practicum phases are done concurrently. The curriculum includes the following:

Master of Public Health Degree A broad introduction to public health with an emphasis on the skills of epidemiology and biostatistics. The MPH is at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NU-FSM) where the Program in Public Health emphasizes the interface between public health and medical care.
Clinical Rotations Longitudinal rotations in primary care; screening, prevention and risk assessment for cancer and cardiovascular disease;  smoking cessation; obesity management; occupational medicine, and multi-disciplinary chronic disease management. Rotations occur in a variety of outpatient settings affiliated with Stroger Hospital, NU-FSM and other community health centers.
Public Health Rotations Orientation and a mentored project at the Cook County Department of Public Health. Participation in a disease outbreak investigation. Workshops and simulations in emergency preparedness and response through the ER department at Stroger Hospital .
Teaching Prevention Teaching of prevention topics to internal medicine trainees and/or other health professionals.
Program Didactics Topics in preventive medicine and population health with faculty from Stroger Hospital and NU-FSM.
Population Health Projects Projects tailored to the skills and interests of trainees. These may be quality improvement, program development, or research oriented projects. The projects will emphasize some element of prevention or chronic disease management.

The curriculum is tailored to the skills, interests, and career goals of individual residents, with a rich variety of clinical and project activities. The overall goal of the practicum is to learn the practice of evidence based, population focused medicine, with application of skills to address health disparities.

Academic Resources & Partnerships

The Division of General Medicine at John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital is the primary site for the administration of the program (through the Section of Preventive Medicine) and for many of the core clinical activities of the program. The Division of General Medicine is an academic division of general internists affiliated with Rush University. Along with expertise in primary care practice and training, the Division of General Medicine has well-established  programs in smoking cessation, breast and cervical cancer screening, colon cancer screening, substance use screening and intervention, stress management and innovative models of care for diabetes and hypertension.

Furthermore, the Department of Medicine at Stroger Hospital has a dedicated research unit, an HIV primary care center, and occupational medicine services, which support the program practicum activities.  Residents in the Preventive Medicine Residency have practicum phase training activities outside of Stroger Hospital. The program places residents in the Cook County Department of Public Health (a sister organization of Stroger Hospital in the Cook County Health & Hospitals System) for their public health rotation. Residents attend and present at conferences run by faculty of the Rush University Department of Preventive Medicine and the UIC Occupational Medicine Residency Program. Residents have an option to extend the training by one year for additional training in prevention research.


How to Apply

Applicant Requirements:

  • Possession of M.D. or D.O. degree from an ACGME accredited or dual accredited institution
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited residency program in a primary care specialty (internal medicine or family practice) is preferred. Physicians with career interests in public health who will have successfully completed a PGY-1 year and completed Step III of the USMLE by the time of entry into the program can also be considered. Documentation that a clinical PGY-1 year in an ACGME accredited program (internal medicine or family practice preferred) will be completed prior to initiating the Preventive Medicine program is an absolute requirement.

We currently do not participate in the match and do not have a firm deadline for applications. Interviews are by invitation only, we regret that we must limit the number of interviews granted.

Those selected for the residency program will also be required to complete the application process for the MPH program at Northwestern and will be provided with those instructions at the appropriate time.

For an application or additional information, please contact:

Christie Edwards
Academic Coordinator
Phone: (312) 864-4446
Fax: (312) 864-9593


Pamela S. Ganschow, MD
Program Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Medical Director, Cancer Risk Program and Breast Consultation Clinic
System Co-Chair, Breast Cancer Screening, Prevention and Treatment
Cook County Health & Hospitals System