Undergraduate Medical Education

Undergraduate Medical Education

General Information
Junior surgical clerks and seniors taking surgical electives are given maximum responsibility and opportunity to participate, consistent with safety and high standards, in the care of patients. There is a schedule of visiting faculty from institutions in and outside the Chicago area and a full complement of qualified professionals in other medical and allied fields. Patients at the affiliated hospitals present challenging problems in the management of all states of surgical care. Faculty in the department are currently engaged in research in the areas of shock and critical care, surgical nutrition, neurosurgery, and education.

Required Course
MSUR 700 Surgery Clerkship

The Surgical Clerkship Program is an eight-week rotation in one of eleven affiliated hospitals: Centegra Health Systems, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Advocate Condell Hospital, John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Vista Medical Center, St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Little Company of Mary, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, under the supervision of Internal Coordinators who are faculty members. Six weeks are assigned to general surgery, and two weeks of one of the following electives: anesthesiology, emergency room, metabolic care, orthopedic surgery, trauma, urology and vascular surgery. As an integral part of the surgical team, the clerks gain clinical experience by participating in clinics, rounds, operative procedures, and on-call duties. They attend the following regularly scheduled surgical conferences: radiology, pathology, tumor, morbidity and mortality, grand rounds, surgical GI conference, vascular, journal club, critical care, surgical indications, basic science, cardiothoracic, orthopedic, surgical nutrition and trauma. The main didactic aspect of the Surgical Clerkship, the weekly Core Lecture Series, correlates with the Core Curriculum and is required by all clerks. The Core Lecture Series is supplemented by tutorials at each hospital. At these sessions, small groups of students meet with an instructor to discuss and correlate clinical and basic science aspects of the current lecture.

Clerkship Director

Robert Sulkowski, M.D.

Internal Coordinators

Centegra Health Systems – Amir Heydari, M.D.

Lutheran General Hospital – Sanja Nikolich, M.D.

Condell Hospital – Michael Zdon, M.D.

Vista Health System – Daniel Liesen, M.D.

Illinois Masonic Hospital – Nicholas Dallas, M.D.

Stroger Hospital - Shabir Abadin, M.D.

St. Mary and Elizabeth - Fahad Vossoughi, M.D.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America - C. Komen Brown, M.D. and Juan Sanabria, M.D. (Co-directors)

Advocate Good Shepherd - Donald Waxler, M.D. (Interim)

St. Alexian Medical Center - Allen Saxon, M.D.

Students are offered elective intramural credits in the following:

       Sophomore Elective Courses:  MSUR 600 Elective in Cardiovascular Surgery and MSUR 601 Elective in Orthopedics

       Senior Elective Courses:  MSUR 800 Acting Internship in General Orthopedics, MSUR 806 Trauma, MSUR 808 General Urology, MSUR 809 Surgical Critical Care, MSUR 820 Surgical Subinternship, MSUR 823 Orthopedics, MSUR 824 Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, MSUR 825 Otolaryngology, MSUR 842 General Surgery, MSUR 844 Adult Cardiac Surgery, MSUR 845 Orthopedic Surgery, MSUR 847 General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MSUR 848 Trauma/Critical Care, MSUR 849 Neurosurgery, MSUR 850 General Surgery and Gynecologic Oncology, MSUR 853 Urology, MSUR 854 Otolaryngology

Faculty and Associated Staff

Frank Apantaku, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Lecia Apantaku, MD, Associate Professor
Kathryn Bass, MD, Lecturer
Richard Caldwell, MD, Lecturer
Vivek Chaudhry, MD, Lecturer
Raymond Firfer, MD, Clinical Professor
Allan Fredland, MD, Associate Professor
Mark Hill, MD, Clinical Professor
Michele Holevar, MD, Professor
Nedra Joyner-Triplett, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Orhan Kaymakcalan, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Sung-Tao Ko, MD, Clinical Professor
Hasmukh Patel, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Jayantibhai Patel, MD, Clinical Instructor
Prahlad Pyati, MD, Clinical Professor
Robert Richardson, MD, Clinical Professor
Arthur Ross, III, MD, MBA, Professor
Marek Rudnicki, MD, PhD, Lecturer
Hernando Torres, MD, Clinical Professor
Thomas Vargish, MD, Professor and Interim Chair
Stephen Wise, MD, Associate Professor
Robert Yario, MD, Clinical Associate Professor
Phillip Zaret, MD, Associate Professor
Michael Zdon, MD, Professor


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