The mission of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Department of Pharmacy is to facilitate, support, and demonstrate excellence and safety to those we serve in a respectful and professional manner.

Department Vision

We have a vision that the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Department of Pharmacy will project the following characteristics:

  1. A department that practices responsiveness to the needs of our customers.
  2. A department that fosters a respectful, professional and caring atmosphere.
  3. A department that provides state of the art Pharmaceutical Care in a safe and cost effective manner.
  4. A department that has a staff that is motivated and works together as a team.
  5. A department that is committed to mentoring and training to enhance professional development.

Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the Pharmacy Residency Program is to offer the opportunities, instruction, and guidance to instill in graduates of ACPE accredited pharmacy schools superior skill and caring philosophy. This will provide additional patient care and public health services and improve medication use and drug distribution systems at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital.

Learning Experiences

Required Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
    • Medical ICU
    • Burn ICU
    • Pediatric/Neonatal ICU
    • Surgical ICU
    • Neurosurgical ICU
    • Trauma ICU
    • Cardiology/Cardiac ICU
  • Administration/Drug and Formulary
  • Research
  • Ambulatory Care (Longitudinal) – Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Anticoagulation
  • Pharmacy Practice/Staffing (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations

  • Emergency Medicine/Toxicology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease/HIV (inpatient)
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Medicine
  • HIV (ambulatory block)
  • Advanced Ambulatory Care (block)

Additional elective rotations may be made available based on resident interest.

General Requirements

General Requirements for application to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree or anticipated graduation with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  • U.S. Citizenship or eligible for employment in the United States
  • Anticipated graduation with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Personal and leadership qualifications for successful completion of a residency program
  • Eligibility for licensure in the state of Illinois

Specific Requirements  & Deadlines

To apply to the PGY-1 Pharmacy residency, application materials must be submitted by January 1st.  This deadline is necessary for us to evaluate potential candidates in time for interviews before the match deadline. Applicants will not be considered for interviews if these deadlines are not met.

The following must be submitted via PhORCAS (

  • Letter of Interest stating why the applicant desires a residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (include completed and anticipated rotations)
  • Most recent official pharmacy school transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of reference

Interviews will be scheduled in early February. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Molly Rockstad, pharmacy residency coordinator at (312) 864-2200 or e-mail address,