The first year provides an introduction to the fundamental clinical skills required to practice medicine in the ED and beyond. The year begins with a hands-on orientation to the hospital, emergency department, information systems, and basics of patient care. Unique clinical rotations begin to develop the diverse knowledge base and clinical skills fundamental to the practice of Emergency Medicine. Rotations in Adult Emergency Medicine introduce residents to emergency medicine faculty from the very beginning of training.

Orientation

Residency begins with a fun, but busy two-week  orientation packed with didactics, procedure labs, ED orientation shifts, and social events. Residents enjoy faculty led didactics covering the basics of emergency medicine. Cadaver procedure labs provide the opportunity to learn advanced emergency procedures. Dr. Robert Simon, former chairman and nationally known expert on emergency procedures, teaches workshops on the ED management of orthopedic injuries. Residents participate in the instructor course, then teach ACLS to hospital staff throughout their

residency. A one-day base station course introduces residents to the Chicago EMS system, preparing first years for radio medical control of pre-hospital care. Annual orientation social events include a trip to Wrigley Field, the Chairman’s Annual Water Balloon Picnic, and other impromptu events.

Internal Medicine

Cook County Hospital has been a legendary training center for generations of physicians. Serving over six million people from the Chicago area, and thousands more visitors from around the world, internal medicine at Cook County provides as amazing array of pathology unparalleled anywhere in the United States. With outstanding Oncology, Infectious disease, Cardiology and Pulmonary divisions, residents receive exceptional clinical training working with dedicated clinicians who’ve literally “seen it all” on the wards of Cook County Hospital.

Medical Short Stay Unit

During this Observation Medicine rotation, residents care for patients admitted to the Medical Short Stay team with diagnosis requiring up to 48 hours hospitalization including high risk chest pain, syncope, congestive hear failure and COPD. Residents learn the intricacies of chest pain and syncope risk stratification, advanced cardiac diagnostic testing, and optimization of outpatient medical management.

Burn Unit Critical Care

Both the Cook County Trauma and Burn Units are recognized leaders in providing comprehensive care for victims of trauma.  Residents learn ventilator management, hemodynamic support, and advanced wound care in the Burn ICU. During this procedurally intense and rewarding rotation, residents work with a team  of dedicated support staff and outstanding clinical teachers.

HIV/Infectious Disease

Although all Cook County HIV patients have access to exceptional outpatient care through the adjacent Ruth Rothstein Core Center, many still need to be hospitalized occasionally for treatment.  A nationally known infectious disease faculty provides guidance, through a world full of infectious disease. In addition to the spectrum of HIV and AIDS-related infectious disease, residents will also provide care for patients with more exotic pathogens not typically seen in a major U.S. city.