Residency begins with a fun, but busy four-week orientation packed with didactic sessions, procedure labs, clinical ultrasound orientation, ED orientation shifts, and social events. Faculty led didactics cover the basics of emergency medicine. Procedure labs using high-fidelity medical simulators provide the opportunity to learn advanced emergency procedures. Residents complete certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS as well as IRB certification. Annual orientation social events include a trip to U.S. Cellular Field for a White Sox game (that's right, not the Cubs!), an annual Welcome Party, the Chairman’s Annual Picnic, and other impromptu events.
Burn/Trauma Unit - CCH
Residents learn the basics of burn care and wound management during this time. In the Burn ICU, residents also learn ventilator management, hemodynamic support, and advanced wound care. As the seasons change, so does the pathology. In addition to thermal burns our unit also manages chemical, inhalation, and frostbite injuries.
Adult ED - CCH
This rotation introduces interns to the CCH ED and its faculty, exposing them to the workings of a busy urban department. The rotations serve as primers for interns to begin to build EM acumen and basic procedural skills. The emphasis is understanding how to efficiently move patients through our system and teamwork.
Medical Intensive Care Unit - CCH
Cook County Hospital was the site of the nation’s first Medical Intensive Care Unit. Acuity is high with nearly all patients requiring ventilatory support or hemodynamic monitoring. Interns function as part of the team and take call as the admitting team every fourth day. Residents gain valuable experience in shock management, invasive monitoring, ventilator management and advanced airway procedures.
Medical Intensive Care Unit - Glenbrook Hospital
Glenbrook Hospital is located in just outside Chicago in Glenview, IL. The rotation exposes the residents to a very different patient population, primarily older patients with complicated medical histories. The rotation serves as great experience in critical care, full of procedures and high acuity patients.
Pediatric ED - CCH
The CCH Pediatric ED serves as a great introductory experience to the world of Pediatric EM. The department sees bread-and-butter cases and is staffed with Pediatric EM faculty, as well as pediatric nurses – all of whom are great resources.
ED Ultrasound - CCH
All residents are expected to utilize clinical ultrasound (CUS) in their daily ED work. During the July residency orientation, the CUS faculty and fellows teach small group workshops explaining the history and physics of CUS followed by hands on training in procedures and basic and advanced diagnostic ultrasound techniques. Training continues with dedicated rotations during the EM2, EM3, and EM4 years.
Internal Medicine - CCH
Serving over six million people from the Chicago area, and thousands more visitors from around the world, internal medicine at Cook County provides an unparalleled medical experience. With outstanding Oncology, Infectious disease, Cardiology and Pulmonary divisions, residents receive exceptional clinical training working with dedicated clinicians who’ve literally “seen it all."
Labor & Delivery - CCH
Interns learn to deliver and provide care to uncomplicated patients in active labor, but are also exposed to life threatening maternal obstetric emergencies and complicated deliveries.