Contact Us

Patricia P. Vidal, MD

1900 W. Polk Ave.
Suite 465
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 864-5220

The mission of the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Urologic Surgery training program is to provide the experience, inspiration and an environment enabling the Urology residents to become well rounded, technically competent in clinical and surgical skills. This will enable them to excel in any setting academic or clinical.

It is our desire that the Urology residents be inspired to be leaders in their profession, not only by their life long desire to learn, to improve, and to teach, but by their compassion for the benefit of their patients.

This program will exceed the minimum basic requirements for certification in Urologic Surgery by the AOA/AMA through the AOBS/ABS.

Residency Program

Patterns that develop during residency serve as a basis for lifelong habits, such as an appreciation of contemporary knowledge. Some conferences will contain topics of contemporary interest, e.g. weekly case review and journal club, however it is important that the “landmark” publications, which in a way, are timeless in that they represent turning points in the intellectual history of our profession are also reviewed.

The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Urologic Surgery Program is accredited through the Midwestern University OPTI by the American Osteopathic Association. Residents will be instructed on education of Osteopathic principles/practices and their applications to the surgical patient. Education in Osteopathic principles/practices are provided through the DME, MWU and the Division of Urologic Surgery in lectures and Grand Rounds.


  • Provide learning experiences based on core competencies for the education of residents
  • Provide understanding of relationship of urology with other medical disciplines.
  • Integrate basic sciences to the practices of Urologic Surgery.
  • Provide an environment for the resident to participate in progressive care of the patient.
  • Provide residents the skills to teach and mentor others in training.
  • Develop critical thinking in surgical decision making and skills.
  • Nurture commitment to learn, understand, and teach the importance of ongoing research.
  • Prepare the resident to fulfill the requirements of the AOA/ACOS through the AOBS.


  1. Use knowledge of basic and clinical sciences to manage surgical problems.
  2. Use critical thinking in making decisions regarding patient management.
  3. Teach basic surgical skills to medical staff.
  4. Be an effective collaborator with medical colleagues and allied healthcare professionals.
  5. Be proficient in psychomotor skills required to become a competent Urological surgeon.
  6. Make sound, ethical and legal judgment in urological surgery.
  7. Provide cost effective urologic care.
  8. Become a patient educator.
  9. Participate in activities that promote professional growth and continuing education.
  10. Participate and integrate ongoing urologic research.
  11. Participate in community and professional organizations.


A candidate of the Cook County Urologic Surgery Residency must be a graduate of an AOA Accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine. The resident must maintain membership in the American Osteopathic Association and A.C.O.S. throughout their training and be licensed in the State of Illinois. The resident must present official transcripts from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of their graduation, three (3) letters of recommendation, and Dean’s letter as well as complete an online application thru ERAS.

Resident Selection/Program Duration

Applications shall be submitted to the Program Director of the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County’s Urologic Surgery Residency Program. A committee including the chairman, and program director will review the applications and interview the selected applicants. Applications are accepted from the fourth year medical student level. The selected candidates will be ranked by consensus whenever possible, with the final rank list determination by the chairman and program director. Once a candidate is selected, the Director of Medical Education will be notified. The resident who is selected will sign a one year contract with the understanding that the appointment is on a one year basis and subject to annual renewal for the term of the residency program. Admission to the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County Urology Residency Program will not be influenced by race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age or handicap as defined by federal regulations.

Medical Student Clerkship Elective

The Division of Urologic Surgery offers a four-week rotation in urology to senior medical students from accredited U.S. or Canadian Medical Schools. With a wide variety of patients, close supervision and individual faculty teaching on every case, students rapidly improve their fund of medical knowledge, procedural skills, and overall efficiency


In order to apply please contact the Program Coordinator, Juanita Sanders at or by phone at (312) 864-5233 to check for available rotation dates.

Download the necessary application forms at

You must provide your immunization record and a Letter of Good Standing from your Medical School. Prior to starting the rotation you must participate in the BSIS in-service that is held on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 8:30AM in the Department of Planning, Education and Research located on the 8th floor of the Hektoen Buildinng at 627 S. Wood St. If you have any problems along the way please feel free to contact Juanita Sanders or Dr. Vidal, the program director.

Complete the application and address to:

  • Juanita Sanders
    Division of Urology
    John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Administration Building
    1900 W. Polk St., Suite 465
    Chicago, IL 60612