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Jeffrey Schaider, M.D., System Department Chair

1900 W. Polk St.
10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

Cook County Hospital was founded in 1855 with one mission: Provide quality health care to all citizens regardless of their ability to pay. Today the Cook County Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency is committed to continuing this mission of service while training outstanding emergency medicine specialists.

The John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (The New Cook County Hospital) opened in 2002 as a 450-bed, state-of-the-art teaching hospital on the West Side of Chicago. We are a world-renowned health care facility, that is simultaneously advancing the frontiers of medicine and remaining true to our mission, despite the economic challenges of providing health care to those most in need.

The Emergency Medicine Program has been fully accredited by the ACGME since its inception in 1987. In July of 2008 we welcomed our first group of interns and completed our transition from a PGY 2-4 to a PGY 1-4 training program with our first full intern class at the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year. Our PGY-1 year offers a broad range of clinical experiences, specialized didactics and early exposure to our Emergency Medicine faculty. Additionally, our residency and medical student programs provide:

  • A diverse patient population with a broad spectrum of disease
  • Comprehensive supervision by dedicated faculty
  • A structured curriculum with exceptional clinical teaching and didactics
  • The opportunity to make a difference from day one

Thank you for your interest in our program. We are dedicated to recruiting and training students and residents from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Explore this website to see what we’re all about. If you have any questions, please contact us!

– Steven H. Bowman, MD

Residency Program

In July 2009, the Cook County EM program welcomed its 21st Class. Since its beginning the CCH EM Program has always been fully accredited by the EM-RRC, with our most recent site visit we were awarded another full five year accreditation. To date 300 EM residents have graduated from our program.

Since its inception, our program has always maintained full accreditation. In 2007 we were approved by the EM-RRC to transition from a PGY 2-3-4 to a PGY 1-2-3-4 format. This was the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our program’s history.

Program Highlights

  • 29 full-time faculty from a variety of EM training programs
  • 60 residents
  • Toxicology Fellowship
  • Ultrasound Fellowship (2010)

Didactic Curriculum

  • Departmental Conferences: 5 hours/week
  • Trauma, Toxicology, Peds, MICU, Ultrasound, Orthopedic Case Conferences
  • Bi-weekly EM Morbidity and Mortality Teaching Conferences
  • Human Simulation Labs (Two Locations)
  • Team Teaching
  • Small Group Labs
  • Ultrasound Quarterly Workshops
  • Intensive courses: Orthopedics, Resuscitation, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Senior Procedure Review
  • Orientation: “Approach to…” Series, Labs: Procedure, Suture, Splint, and Ultrasound; ACLS-I, ATLS, PALS certification, Chicago Fire Department Ambulance rides, Incident Command Training
  • Special Sessions: Finding the Right Job in EM, Teaching to Teach, EMS, Resuscitation Course

Experiential Curriculum

  • Progressive responsibility
  • 60 Bed, High volume ED: ≈125,000 patients/year
  • Excellent Faculty Supervision 490 hours of coverage/week
  • Twenty 8-hour shifts/month
  • Electronic Medical Records/GE PACs/Portable Ultrasound
  • Multiple Pediatric and Community ED experiences
  • Dedicated Trauma Unit experience 5000 patients/year
  • Strong Diverse Community Hospital and Pediatrics Emergency Medicine rotations
County is a fantastic place to train in Emergency Medicine – we get to treat a huge variety of clinical pathology and are able to manage our patients without concern for ability to pay. We really see the difference when we rotate at other hospitals and are unable to get our patients appropriate follow-up or ensure they’ll be able to fill their prescriptions because they don’t have insurance – at County we never have to worry about that.

Evaluation and Assessment

  • Biannual with PD’s
  • Monthly following each rotation
  • End of Shift ED Evaluations
  • Resident Lectures
  • Procedural Documentation
  • Monthly Reading Assignments
  • Oral exams each year, Statewide Senior Oral Exam
  • ABEM In-Training exam preparation


  • Salaries (Effective July 2009):
    • PGY1: $44,138.64
    • PGY2: $46,606.04
    • PGY3: $48,877.92
    • PGY4: $51,307.36
  • Full Medical/Dental Benefits
  • Conferences/Books $950/year
  • Meal Allowance
  • Annual Resident Retreat
  • Senior Resident Conference (ACEP), Junior Resident Conference (SAEM)

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