The Pediatrics Residency Program conforms to the training guidelines set forth by the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the ACGME.

The program focuses on providing strong clinical foundation with emphasis on primary care and ambulatory pediatrics.

Residents are required by the American Board of Pediatrics to complete 33 months of training to be eligible to take the certifying exam. Residents rotate through Cook County Health clinical sites throughout their training. Our residents provide general and subspecialty care to pediatric patients under faculty supervision. Each resident also builds a panel of patients in their continuity clinic and provides outpatient care in that setting one afternoon per week. Each receives a faculty adviser upon entering the program. Residents also participate in scholarly activities as well as a quality improvement project. 

The Department of Pediatrics maintains an academic and clinical affiliation with Rush University Medical Center. Medical students from Rush University Medical Center rotate in our department for their core Pediatrics rotation, giving our residents ample opportunity to teach. 

In addition to General Academic Pediatrics, the Department of Pediatrics at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County offers a full range of subspecialties, including Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Child Behavior and Development, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/OncologyInfectology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Intensive Care. 

Clinical services are also available to children through other departments at Stroger Hospital, including Anesthesia, Audiology, Burn, Child Life, Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Palliative Care, Pathology, Pediatric Surgery, Pharmacy, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Social Services, Speech Therapy, Trauma and Urology. Adult medical and surgical services are available to support the care of adolescents and young adults admitted to our services. 
Learning opportunities abound in our residency program. We have a Wednesday afternoon lecture series in which core pediatric topics are taught by faculty members. Each Tuesday at 8 am, Pediatric Grand Rounds are held jointly with the Rush program. During conferences, residents present interesting cases from the inpatient service, and each case is thoroughly discussed together with attending physicians, residents, and medical students. 
Residents are required to become certified in Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. These courses are offered free to all residents. Teaching takes place in many other settings, including attending rounds, morbidity and mortality conference, journal club, Boards Review, mock codes, on-line modules, and through both formal and informal presentations on each rotation. Perhaps the most valuable learning activity is the direct patient care that residents provide under faculty guidance. 
Current Residents  
  • PGY-3  
    • Darnna Banks  – Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, Cuba  
    • Pamela Botchway  – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology School of Medical Sciences, Ghana 
    •  Olumide Faniyan – University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Nigeria 
    •  Anoosh Moin  – Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan 
    •  Rutendo Nkomo – University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences,  Zimbabwe 
    •  Ujuchukwu Okpechi – Abia State University Faculty of Medicine, Nigeria 
  • PGY-1 
    • Andre Brisett – Antigua University of Health Sciences, Antigua 
    •  Allison Byrd – Meharry Medical College, Tennessee 
    •  Shawnese Gilpin – University of Maryland, Maryland 
    •  Jorge Velez – San Juan Baustista School of Medicine, Puerto Rico 

Approximately half of our graduates have chosen general pediatrics. Listed below are the fellowship appointments of our graduates in recent years. 

Class of 2015: 

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Behavior & Development) 
  • Mostellar Medical Center (General Pediatrics) 
  • HOPE Clinic (General Pediatrics) 
  • John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) 
  • Children’s Health Center (General Pediatrics) 
  • Harvard University (Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) 
  • Ansari Hospital (General Pediatrics) 
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital (Pulmonology) 
  • Medical University of South Carolina (Behavior & Development) 
  • Saint Joseph Hospital (General Pediatrics) 

Class of 2016: 

  • Riverside Medical Group Kankakee (General Pediatrics) 
  • Advocate Children’s Heart Institute (Cardiology) 
  • Jackson Memorial University of Miami Hospital (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine) 
  • Washington University (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine) 
  • Valley Children’s Hospital (General Pediatrics) 
  • (Neonatology) 
  • John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) 
  • Baylor College of Medicine (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) 
  • Baylor College of Medicine (Nephrology) 

Class of 2017: 

  • Baylor College of Medicine (Endocrinology) 
  • Boston Children’s Hospital (Sports Medicine) 
  • University of Chicago (Behavior & Development) 
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (Pediatric Intensive Critical Care) 
  • New York University (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) 
  • St. Louis Hospital School of Medicine (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) 
  • University of California, Davis (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) 
  • Christie Clinic (General Pediatrics) 
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (General Pediatrics) 
  • ACCESS Blue Island Family Health Center (General Pediatrics) 

Class of 2018: 

  • Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City (Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) 
  • Advocate Lutheran Children’s Hospital (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) 
  • University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine) 
  • Michigan State Helen Devos Hospital (Pediatric Emergency Medicine) 
  • Galesburg Cottage Hospital (General Pediatrics) 
  • Borrego Health Cathedral City (General Pediatrics) 

Welcome From the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatrics Residency Program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County with focus on outpatient pediatric medicine.
Our program has a long and rich history of training generations of pediatricians. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in both general and subspecialty pediatrics across our country and around the globe. First accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1927, we continue to offer high-quality pediatric education to residents who come from near and far. Our residents enjoy a rich teaching environment with a full lecture and conference schedule, but learn the most by providing care for our patients under faculty supervision. Stroger Hospital, a public safety net hospital in the city of Chicago, IL, and the Department of Pediatrics provides general and subspecialty care to all infants, children, adolescents and young adults without regard for the ability to pay. 
Fellowships are also available in Neonatology, Adolescent Medicine (combined program with UIC), Allergy/Immunology (combined program with Rush), and Hematology/Oncology (combined program with Rush and UIC). 
Rosibell Arcia, MD 
Pediatrics Residency Program Director 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit an application to the Stroger Hospital Pediatrics Residency program? 

All application materials must be submitted through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application System. 

Do you accept applications from international medical graduates? Is U.S. clinical experience a requirement? 

Applications from international medical graduates are accepted; U.S. clinical experience is preferred but not required. 

What types of visas do you sponsor? 

Our institution has sponsored both J-1 and H-1B visas in the past. We cannot guarantee H1-B sponsorship for matched applicants. 

When will invitations for interviews be offered? 

The application review process will begin in September and invitations for interview will be offered to well-qualified applicants starting in October. The interviews will be scheduled for November, December, and January. Due to the very large volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately not able to extend an invitation to interview all qualified applicants. 

What is the deadline to complete the USMLE step III? 

Matched applicants planning to apply for an H-1B visa must possess a passing score by Match Day. 

What is the graduation date cut off? 

Completion of training at the medical school/residency level within the last five years is strongly preferred. 

Do you have a deadline for application submission? 

October 31st. 

Do you offer externships or observerships? 

No, externships/observerships/shadowing are not available at Stroger Hospital. 

Can an application be sent with only a USMLE step I score? 


Are prematch positions being offered by the program? 

Residents are selected and matched only through the NRMP. 

How many recommendation letters are required? 

Three letters of recommendation and the Dean’s letter are required. 

What university affiliation does the hospital have? 

Rush University Medical Center is the primary academic affiliate of Stroger Hospital. Faculty appointments, combined residency and fellowship programs and joint research efforts are numerous. Students from Rush University Medical Center rotate through the inpatient wards for their M3 Core Pediatric Clerkship. 

Are student rotations available in the Department of Pediatrics? 

The third year Core Pediatric Clerkship is not offered to students from international medical schools. Fourth year medical students have the opportunity to rotate through the various pediatric subspecialties. 

Are pediatric fellowships offered at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital? 

The Department of Pediatrics offers fellowship positions in Neonatology, Allergy/Immunology (jointly with Rush), Child Abuse Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine (jointly with the University of Illinois) and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (jointly with Rush and the University of Illinois). 

 Are graduates of the Pediatrics Residency Program prepared to pursue subspecialty training upon graduation? 

Our graduates are well prepared to enter either general pediatrics practice or to pursue subspecialty training. Our residency is focused on outpatient ambulatory pediatrics training with the goal to train excellent general pediatricians. 

Is the residency accredited? 

Yes, the Pediatrics Residency Program at Stroger Hospital was first accredited by the ACGME in 1927 and remains fully accredited today. 

Will you review my application materials upon request, prior to submission to ERAS? Can I arrange a pre-interview meeting? 

We only accept applications via ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Due to the very large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to review application materials outside of the ERAS system, and we are unable to arrange meetings unless formally invited for interview. 

Do you require the U.S.M.L.E Transcript? 

Yes. An applicant will not secure an interview invitation without score transcripts. 

Do you require an international candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application? 

We do not require an applicant to be ECFMG certified at the time of the application or interview. International applicants will only be ranked if they have successfully completed Step 1, Step 2 CK and 2 CS and have ECFMG certificate or be able to obtain ECFMG certification by residency start date. 

What are your USMLE score requirements? 

The competitive candidate will have USMLE scores above average. Applicants with failed attempts at the USMLE will not be considered competitive. 

For DO applicants, do you require both USMLE and COMLEX scores? 

We require either USMLE or COMLEX score transcripts. Both are not required. 

Where can I obtain more information about salaries, benefits, etc? 

General information which applies to all residency training programs at Stroger Hospital can be found at    

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary (As of June 2012): 
    • PGY1 – $49,940.76 
    • PGY2 – $52,732.28 
  • PGY3 – $55,304.80 
  • Health and Disability Insurance 
  • Vision Insurance 
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Conferences/Books/Electronics – $1,000 per year 
  • Meal daily allowance – $19 per day 
  • Malpractice Insurance 
  • 12 Paid Holidays per year 
  • Access to Rush University Medical Center Online Library Database 

Clinical Schedule

  • Ambulatory Pediatric clinics (3) 
  • Electives at Stroger Hospital (2) 
  • Community Medicine (1) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1) 
  • Stroger Hospital Inpatient Pediatrics (PICU) (1) 
  • Stroger Hospital Inpatient Pediatrics (2) 
  • Newborn Nursery (1) 
  • NICU (1) 
  • Vacation (1) 
  • Adolescent Medicine (1) 
  • Child Advocacy (1) 
  • Ambulatory Clinics (3) 
  • Electives at Stroger Hospital (2) 
  • Behavior and Development (1) 
  • Elective /Individualized Curriculum (1) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1) 
  • Stroger Hospital Inpatient Pediatrics (Wards /PICU) (2) 
  • Vacation (1) 
  • Electives at Stroger Hospital (2-3) 
  • Ambulatory Clinic (2-3) 
  • Stroger Hospital Inpatient Pediatrics (Wards and PICU) (3) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1) 
  • NICU (1) 
  • Nursery (1) 
  • Vacation (1)