Contact Us

Ms. Karen Ray-Williams, Residency Program Coordinator

Phone: (312) 864-4505
Fax: (312) 864-9717
krwilliams@cookcountyhhs.org

  1. How do I submit an application to the Stroger Pediatrics Residency program?
    • All application materials must be submitted through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application System.
  2. Do you accept applications from international medical graduates? Is U.S. clinical experience a requirement?
    • Applications from international medical graduates are accepted; US clinical experience is preferred but not required.
  3. What types of visas do you sponsor?
    • Our institution has sponsored both J-1 and H-1B visas in the past. We cannot guarantee H1-B sponsorship for matched applicants.
  4. When will invitations for interviews be offered?
    • The application review process will begin in September and invitations for interview will be offered to well-qualified applicants starting in October. The interviews will be scheduled for November, December, and January. Due to the very large volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately not able to extend an invitation to interview to all qualified applicants.
  5. What is the deadline to complete the USMLE step III?
    • Matched applicants planning to apply for an H-1B visa must possess a passing score by Match Day.
  6. What is the graduation date cut off?
    • Completion of training at the medical school/residency level within the last five years is strongly preferred.
  7. Do you have a deadline for application submission?
    • October 31st.
  8. Do you offer externships or observerships?
    • No, externships/observerships/shadowing are not available at Stroger.
  9. Can an application be sent with only a USMLE step I score?
    • Yes.
  10. Are prematch positions being offered by the program?
    • Residents are selected and matched only through the NRMP.
  11. How many recommendation letters are required?
    • Three LORs and the Dean’s letter are required.
  12. What university affiliation does the hospital have?
    • Rush University Medical Center is the primary academic affiliate of Stroger. Faculty appointments, combined residency and fellowship programs and joint research efforts are numerous. Students from Rush University Medical Center rotate through the inpatient wards for their M3 Core Pediatric Clerkship.
  13. Are student rotations available in the Department of Pediatrics?
    • The third year Core Pediatric Clerkship is not offered to students from international medical schools. Fourth year medical students have the opportunity to rotate through the various pediatric subspecialties.
  14. Are pediatric fellowships offered at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital?
    • The Department of Pediatrics offers fellowship positions in Neonatology, Allergy/Immunology (jointly with Rush), Child Abuse Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine (jointly with the University of Illinois) and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (jointly with Rush and the University of Illinois).
  15. Are graduates of the Pediatrics Residency Program prepared to pursue subspecialty training upon graduation?
    • Our graduates are well prepared to enter either general pediatrics practice or to pursue subspecialty training. Our residency is focused on outpatient ambulatory pediatrics training with the goal to train excellent general pediatricians.
  16. Is the residency accredited?
    • The Pediatrics Residency Program at Stroger was first accredited by the ACGME in 1927, and is fully accredited.
  17. Will you review my application materials upon request, prior to submission to ERAS? Can I arrange a pre-interview meeting?
    • We only accept applications via ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Due to the very large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to review application materials outside of the ERAS system, and we are unable to arrange meetings unless formally invited for interview.
  18. Do you require the U.S.M.L.E Transcript?
    • Yes. An applicant will not secure an interview invitation without score transcripts.
  19. Do you require an international candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?
    • We do not require an applicant to be ECFMG certified at the time of the application or interview. International applicants will only be ranked if they have successfully completed Step 1, Step 2 CK and 2 CS and have ECFMG certificate or be able to obtain ECFMG certification by residency start date.
  20. What are your USMLE score requirements?
    • The competitive candidate will have USMLE scores above average. Applicants with failed attempts at the USMLE will not be considered competitive.
  21. For D.O. applicants, do you require both USMLE and COMLEX scores?
    • We require either USMLE or COMLEX score transcripts. Both are not required.
  22. Where can I obtain more information about salaries, benefits, etc?|
    • General information which applies to all residency training programs at Stroger can be found at: http://www.cookcountyhhs.org/educationresearch/prospective-residents/benefits-policies-compensation/

We thank you for your interest in our program. Due to the large volume of applications, however, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding the status of applications.

Our program’s focus is outpatient pediatric medicine. Our aim is to train primary care pediatricians for practice in underserved communities in Illinois and around the US. Our program meets the ACGME requirement for a categorical pediatric residency so once training is completed, trainees could apply to a fellowship program or practice general pediatrics. This is the overall structure of the program.