Cook County Health has been teaching doctors and providing care to the medically underserved since the mid-1800s. In 1866, Cook County Health launched the first medical internship in the U.S. and the program quickly developed a reputation for providing tremendous experience treating patients with a wide range of diseases.

Today, residents and fellows at Cook County Heath continue to receive advanced training at a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with a diverse patient population. The single internship in 1866 has blossomed into 22 residency and fellowship programs.

The Department of Trauma and Burn is proud to continue the tradition in training and education for students and clinical professionals. We offer opportunities for the following categories of learners:


Pre-hospital care is a vital component of our EMS system and a dynamic field of medicine. We are proud to serve as a training site for a variety of pre-hospital care careers.

Medical Students

We offer rotations for fourth year U.S. and international medical students.


The Department of Trauma and Burn participates in the training of over 100 rotating residents every year. Our residents come from primarily surgical and emergency medicine programs in Chicago, but we are known to attract students from all over the world with varying specialties.


Cook County Health offers three positions annually for fellowship training in Surgical Critical Care, Trauma, and Burn.

Research Fellows

We offer a one to two year research immersion program for medical graduates, clinicians, and medical scientists.

Armed Forces

The Department of Trauma and Burn Surgery has a long-standing affiliation with readiness training for the armed forces.