Stroger Hospital of Cook County provides residents with an excellent benefit package.


As of December 2015:

PGY 1 $48,962.56
PGY 2 $51,698.60
PGY 3 $54,221.48

Paid Moonlighting:

  • Moonlighting is available for eligible PGY2 & PGY3 residents.
  • Extra pay is $57.22/Hour
  • Shifts are 14 hours and available approximately 1-3 times monthly while on elective rotations.


Vacation Leave:

Four weeks of vacation is given to all housestaff, which can be taken in (2) two week increments or (1) four week block rotation.

Maternity/Paternity Leave:

Housestaff physicians shall be granted maternity and paternity leave to cover periods of pregnancy, newborn childcare, and/or newly adopted childcare.

Family & Medical Leave:

An eligible employee may take approved unpaid family and medical leave of up to twelve (12) weeks per rolling twelve (12) month period. For specifics you should contact your Departmental Administrator, the Department of Human Resources or Medical Education.


Complimentary parking is available to Primary Care Internal Medicine housestaff physicians at Rush University Medical Center.


Residents at CCHHS are provided with a meal card which is loaded with $19/day.  The card can be used at any time during cafeteria opening hours, every day of the week.

Counseling Services:

Counseling services are available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) of Cook County.

Lab Coats:

At the time of initial hire, housestaff physicians will be furnished up to four (4) lab coats free of charge @CCHHS. During their employment, replacements will be furnished free of charge when the condition of the lab coat so warrants.

At the time of initial hire, housestaff physicians will also be provided with one Rush lab coat free of charge, with laundry services available on site.

Malpractice Insurance:

Covered at 100%.

Health and Disability Insurance:

The County provides health benefits to housestaff physicians and dependents. The County offers to the housestaff physician and his/her family the option of choosing a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or Preferred Provider Organization PPO from those available and federally qualified in the Chicago area for this health coverage. Ordinary disability benefits will be provided in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Cook County Employees’ Annuity Benefit Fund.

Dental Insurance:

All residents are eligible to participate in the County’s Dental HMO plan. There is no cost for this benefit.

Life Insurance:

All housestaff physicians shall be provided with life insurance in an amount equal to their annual salary at no cost to the housestaff physician.

Housestaff Association:

The Cook County Hospital Housestaff Association (HSA) is the union representing interns, residents and fellows employed by the Hospital. It has existed as the housestaff physicians’ organization for many years and as a union since the early 1970’s.