The Cook County Health & Hospitals System has been teaching doctors and providing care to the medically underserved since the mid 1800’s. In 1866 the first internship in the United States was started right here at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and it quickly became known for providing tremendous experience with a wide range of diseases.

Today the Cook County Health & Hospitals System continues its grand tradition of educating doctors. The residents and fellows continue to diagnose and treat rare diseases in patients with limited financials resources. The single internship way back in 1866 has blossomed into 22 residency and fellowship programs.

The Department of Trauma & Burn offers three positions annually for fellowship training in Trauma Surgery, Critical Care and Burn Surgery.  Medical Education is a top priority at the health system where residents and fellows get an extensive hands on education experience.

Additionally the Department participates in the training of over 100 residents rotating through the unit every year.  These residents come from three surgical programs and four emergency medicine programs in Chicago.  Cook County is known to attract residents from all over the world, welcoming international students into the Department. Moreover, we frequently have residents rotate for 1-2 months from other programs and specialties, including residents and fellows from out of state and other countries.

Our educational partners include:

  • University of Chicago Department of Surgery
  • University of South Dakota
  • Northwestern University Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Midwestern University Departments of Surgery and Emergency Medicine
  • Malcolm X College
  • Resurrection Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Franciscan Sisters of Chicago