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First-year residents rotate in general surgery as well as night float at Presence Health facilities. During this time, residents evaluate and develop adequate databases for surgical patients, manage preoperative and postoperative patient care, function as first assistants in major surgical procedures and as surgeons based on their ability. In addition, they gain experience in surgical intensive care.

Second-year residents spend 5 months in General Surgery, 1 month in Anesthesiology and Endoscopy and 1 month at Northwestern University's teaching hospital for SICU. In addition, they rotate at Saint Alexius Medical Center for Pediatric Surgery for 2 months and 2 months at Mount Sinai Hospital for ICU trauma.

Third-year residents spend 8 months in General Surgery, and rotate at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 1 month for Endocrine Surgery, 1 month for Thoracic Surgery, and 1 month for Transplant Surgery. Throughout the third year, residents gain progressively graded clinical experience and function as surgeons during certain procedures.

The fourth-year resident spends 10 months as the senior surgical resident in General, Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, in addition to assuming more independent responsibility for patients, 2 months operative trauma at Mount Sinai Hospital and 1 month surgical oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Residents are given responsibility for surgical intensive care patients. An elective month is offered.

The fifth-year resident spends the year as the chief surgical resident in General, Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. While under the supervision of the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and other key surgical staff members, the chief surgical resident is responsible for the day-to-day management of the major surgical teaching service, all preoperative patient evaluations, surgical procedures, follow-up care and answering consultations.

Additionally, the chief resident helps organize and acts as an instructor of surgical education programs. The chief resident also completes a research project and quality project.

Throughout the five-year residency program, residents play a vital role in educating 3rd year medical students from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The surgical experience has been in the 90th percentile nationally for ACGME accredited programs. We continue to receive full accreditation at the last site review in July 2013. The majority of residents go on to fellowship programs of their choice.


Clinical Volume—Areas of Strength

  • Surgical Oncology (breast, colorectal, GI)
  • General Surgery (diverticular, appendectomy, cholecystectomy)
  • Advanced Laparoscopy, Bariatrics, and Robotics (certification program)
  • General Thoracic Surgery (lung cancer surgery)
  • Vascular/Endovascular Surgery