Diversity Externship Scholarship

As the only safety net hospital in the Chicagoland area, we take great pride in treating a diverse patient population regardless of their ability to pay. As well as we aim to attract residents that share with us in this mission to serve others. This is best stated in a quote attributed to Louis Pasteur that is still proudly displayed at the “old” Cook County Hospital.

"ONE DOESN'T ASK OF

ONE WHO SUFFERS: WHAT

IS YOUR COUNTRY AND

WHAT IS YOUR RELIGION?

ONE MERELY SAYS, YOU

SUFFER. THIS IS ENOUGH

FOR ME, YOU BELONG TO

ME AND I SHALL HELP YOU."

--LOUIS PASTEUR


As a future sub-intern you will be rotating through the busiest Emergency Department  and Trauma Center in Chicago, and every day you will be interacting with patients from underrepresented backgrounds. We believe that our diversity in patients warrants diversity in our physicians and providers, and It is because of our dedication to our patients that we in turn are committed to recruiting a diverse residency class year after year. With this in mind, we are pleased to offer three $500 scholarships for rotating M4s from underrepresented backgrounds in order to assist with the economic burden of doing an away sub internship at our hospital. Thank you for considering us, we hope to see you here.


Who can apply?

Medical students in their 4th year of training from traditionally underrepresented groups in US medical schools (AA, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian) in good standing at an LCME accredited US medical school.


How Can I Apply?

Applicants apply for our rotation via VSAS which will include CV, Step 1 Score, medical school transcript. In addition we ask you submit the following documentation to be considered for the scholarship:

  1. One letter of recommendation from an EM faculty member- To be uploaded to ‘supplemental documents’ in VSAS

  2. Choose from one of the following essay options (no more than 500 words) and upload to ‘supplemental documents’ in VSAS.

  • Essay 1:  Describe what the Cook County Mission means to you: “To deliver health services with dignity regardless of a patient's ability to pay, partner with communities and providers to enhance public health, and advocate for policies that promote the physical and mental well-being of the people of Cook County.”

  • Essay 2: Describes challenges that you have faced as an underrepresented minority and how you plan to use those experiences when caring for underserved populations.

How are the Scholarship Recipients Selected?

All applications completed by the due date will be reviewed by a committee comprised of attendings and residents to select the most qualified candidates. All candidates will be notified of our decision 2-3 months prior to the start of their rotation.

What Is the Deadline to Apply?

We will start to accept applications concurrently with our VSAS open date on February 25th, 2019 and applications will be due on April 1st, 2019. Students will be notified of our decision 2-3 months prior to the rotation start date.

What are the Details of the Scholarship?

One selected medical student during the months of June, July and August will receive a $500 stipend for expenses. It will be given in the form of reimbursement for travel, housing, food and other select expenses incurred throughout the month-long rotation. The stipend will be given after satisfactory completion of the rotation and after appropriate documentation is submitted.

Questions?

Please email questions to Dr. Sean Dyer (Clerkship Director) at  sdyer2@cookcountyhhs.org.