Body-for-Body Switch Procedure: All body-for-body switch and reassignment requests must be submitted to Student Affairs at least 4 weeks before the rotation start date.
Orientation for the first Tuesday:
Reporting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Reporting Place: Ms. Rita Coleman
Cook County Health
1950 W. Polk Street, 5th Floor, Chicago IL
First day of Rotation: Please report to Ms. Rita Coleman, Cook County Health Professional Building, 1950 W. Polk Street, 5th Floor before 9:00 a.m. to receive clearance. Please be on time. Once done, see Ms. Maria Rodriguez at 9:30am for student orientation and all information. Ms. Rodriguez is located at Stroger Hospital, 3rd floor, Room 3677.
Students may check in with Ms. Coleman up to one week prior to the start of their clerkship to receive clearance. If checking in prior to your start day, then report directly to Ms. Maria Rodriguez at 9:30 on your first day.
Students no longer have to go to Human Resource for ID Badges. I now have them in my possession.
Students must do the orientation for their surgery clerkship. If you do not take this class, you will not have any OR privileges, and you will not be able to get scrubs.
Site Director: Thomas Komar, MD
John H. Stronger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Department of Surgery
1901 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Staff Coordinator: Maria Rodriguez
Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator
Department of Surgery
1901 W. Harrison St.
All students will need to bring health documentation the first day of the rotation so they can be cleared for activity by Rita Coleman. Mrs. Coleman is located in the Cook County Health Professional Building at 1950 W. Polk Street, 5th floor, Room 622. If your TB skin test expires while attending this service, you are required to submit an updated report before the start of your rotation.
Body Substance Isolation System (BSIS):
Student must attend the Body Substance Isolation System (BSIS) orientation at 627 South Wood Street – 8th Floor, Room 815 in advance of their clerkship start date due to the UIC Surgery departmental orientation scheduled on the first Monday at 7:00 a.m. Failure to submit all completed forms will result in delaying the start of your rotation. Students are encouraged to obtain their identification badge at least one (1) week before the start of the clinical experience.
Click here for more details on BSIS orientation.
Students will obtain their ID badges from Ms. Rita Coleman. They must be returned at the end of the rotation to receive a final clerkship grade and to avoid paying a $50 fee.
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Overview
Address / Location
1901 West Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Access / Public Transportation
Service by EL Train to West Side Medical Center
Students on core surgical clerkship rotate for eight weeks at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. Four of the weeks are on general surgery and there are two – 2-week rotations on sub-specialty. These latter rotations include CV Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Urology.
Students are on call every 3-6 nights on general surgery and at the discretion of the service on specialty rotations.
Highlights / Unique Features
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County serves the south and west side as the principal institution of Cook County Healthy Bureau. The majority of patients is indigent and come from varied ethnic backgrounds. They see John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County as their principal health link.
Resident / Attending Involvement
Students are assigned to a general surgery or specialty service staffed by residents and attending.
Students have access to many educational resources, both within the institution and at the West Side Medical Center Complex.
County does not validate parking for students. The students can park in the Juvenile Detention Center Parking Garage, located at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, IL. 60612. (note: If you map quest, it will say Juvenile Detention Center, and not parking garage). Parking is $2 all day. Stroger Hospital provides shuttle buses from the parking garage to the hospital that runs from 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students will do 6 weeks of general surgery and choose two (2), two-week electives: Cardiothoracic, Colorectal Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology and Urology.