Health disparities and inequities are just the way the health care system works, right?

Wrong.

In the General Surgery Residency Program at Sinai Chicago, we aren’t satisfied with “the way things work.” It isn’t good enough. We are committed to the research and action needed to reduce disparities and inequities in surgical outcomes — and that vision includes residents like you.

The General Surgery Residency Program matches an exceptional educational experience with the opportunity to work with the local — and often underserved — communities that can most benefit from your skill, knowledge, and passion.

Whether you want to run a community practice, apply for advanced fellowships, or pursue a sub-specialty practice in academic medical centers, let Sinai Chicago launch you into your goals.

The High Notes

Passing Scores

For USMLE Step 1 & 2

EXAMS NEEDED

PGY-1: $59,155
PGY-2: $61,443
PGY-3: $63,564
PGY-4: $66,268
PGY-5: $69,035

ANNUAL SALARY/STIPEND

3 categoricals per year

+ 2 preliminary residents

PGY-1 year

# RESIDENTS
ACCEPTED PER YEAR

5 years

ACGME
Association Of American Medical Colleges
Surgical Residency Review Committee

PROGRAM LENGTH
AND PROGRAM ACCREDITATIONS

Vacation: 4 Weeks
Sick Time: 3 Days
(184 hours per year upfront beginning July 1)

# OF VACATION, HOLIDAYS,
AND SICK DAYS PER YEAR

100%

FELLOWSHIP ACCEPTANCE
RATES (PAST 7 YEARS)

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Trauma/Critical Care
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Vascular Surgery

FELLOWSHIP PLACEMENTS
(PAST 7 YEARS)

Medical and Dental
Long-Term Disability and Life
Care@Work (childcare support)

INSURANCE BENEFITS

Program Director Welcome

We appreciate your interest in our residency program. As we spend a significant amount of time and effort to find the best residents for our program, we understand your stress and difficulties as well throughout this entire process. The Sinai Chicago Residency program follows both Sinai Hospital’s and University of Illinois Chicago’s commitment to ensuring a climate of inclusion and organizational equity. Our commitment is amplified by our mission to recruit and develop a diverse group of residents who will become innovative leaders in surgery. We wish you the best of luck during this interview season.
GRACE H. CHANG, MD, FACS
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
TRAUMA AND CRITICAL CARE SURGEON
CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Sinai Chicago for International
Medical Graduates

The General Surgery Residency Program does sponsor J-1 visas for international applicants. (J1)

International medical graduates must meet the following criteria:

  • ERAS Application form
  • A graduation date from medical school within the past 2 years
  • A score of 220 or higher on USMLE Step 1 (and Step 2)
  • Minimum of 6 months clinical experience in the United States with letters of recommendation from US physicians
  • Proof of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification prior to submission of the rank list

Sinai Chicago for International
Medical Graduates

The General Surgery Residency Program does sponsor J-1 visas for international applicants. (J1)

International medical graduates must meet the following criteria:

  • ERAS Application form
  • A graduation date from medical school within the past 2 years
  • A score of 220 or higher on USMLE Step 1 (and Step 2)
  • Minimum of six months clinical experience in the United States with letters of recommendation from US physicians
  • Proof of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification prior to submission of the rank list

A Strong Pillar for the Health and Well-being of the Community

My residency at Mount Sinai really enabled me to provide the best care possible to our underserved community and to fully  leverage the resources our hospital offers for our patients — regardless of racial or socio-economic background.

RAQUEL-GONZALEZ HEREDIA, MD, PhD
PGY-4

Top 6 Reasons to Come to Sinai Chicago

At Sinai Chicago, “diversity” isn’t just a buzzword. We are committed to cultivating diverse residents and faculty who are deeply attuned to the needs of our underserved patient population. We encourage diversity of thought as well as people — and this allows us to tackle health disparities and inequities in our community.

We want you to be an excellent surgeon. This means that you will engage in early and extensive hands-on experience to develop surgical and decision-making skills. At Sinai Chicago, you will practice in a busy Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, allowing you to develop superior skills in the treatment of acute trauma and advanced general surgery.

We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion where residents are free to express themselves with regards to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and other aspects of their identities. We want you — the whole you — to feel comfortable showing up. We strive to support our residents holistically — not just academically or professionally. All residents also have access to our Under the Rainbow Program at Mount Sinai Hospital for mental health support.

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs, and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of Sinai Chicago’s General Surgery Residency Program. All residents attend weekly Thursday Morbidity and Mortality conferences and Grand Rounds. Monday morning sessions from internal and external clinical leaders cover didactics, simulation, and surgical skills. Separate sessions are held several times a year in a surgical simulator.

The General Surgery Residency Program also provides the resources, training, and development you need to become a successful surgeon. Some of these opportunities include:

  • Certification in laparoscopic (FES), endoscopic (FES), trauma-related (ATLS) skills, and ASSET (advanced surgical skills for exposure and trauma)
  • UIC-sponsored Core Curriculum modules dealing with topics such as professionalism, teaching skills, ethics, and medical finance
  • Monthly Trauma Lectures
  • Monthly Interesting Case Presentation
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Access to UIC Gateway — for journals, books, and other resources
  • Rotations at nearby institutions, such as Loyola, Northwestern, St. Alexian Brothers, and UIC

Simply put, we love Chicago. Apart from the clinical expertise you will develop while working in the city, with Sinai Chicago, you have the opportunity to be a part of an awesome local community. Whether you’ve heard about those perfect Chicago summer days, want to see the next SNL star at Second City, or love a good baseball game, Chicago has something for the whole family.

Surgery Medicine Residency:
Life in Pictures

General Curriculum
Schedule

The Surgery Residency Program adheres to ACGME guidelines of an 80-hour work week.

On-call rotations are based on hospital needs and precautions related to COVID-19.

Curriculum Objectives:

  • PGY-1: Provide residents an opportunity to apply acquired basic science to the management of their patients in the pre-, intra-, and post-operative setting appropriate to their level.
  • PGY-2: Educate residents in the difficulty of managing patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
  • PGY-3: Increase the residents’ participation in the care of more involved surgical patients.
  • PGY-4: Provide residents with the opportunity to develop leadership, teaching, and communication skills required to manage a ward service that includes junior residents and medical students.
  • PGY-5: Develop independent advanced surgical decision making and procedural skills.

Our program is also capable of supporting an elective research year if it fits your career plans.

General Curriculum
Schedule

The Surgery Residency Program adheres to ACGME guidelines of an 80-hour work week.

On-call rotations are based on hospital needs and precautions related to COVID-19.

Curriculum Objectives:

  • PGY-1: Provide residents an opportunity to apply acquired basic science to the management of their patients in the pre-, intra-, and post-operative setting appropriate to their level.
  • PGY-2: Educate residents in the difficulty of managing patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
  • PGY-3: Increase the residents’ participation in the care of more involved surgical patients.
  • PGY-4: Provide residents with the opportunity to develop leadership, teaching, and communication skills required to manage a ward service that includes junior residents and medical students.
  • PGY-5: Develop independent advanced surgical decision making and procedural skills.

Our program is also capable of supporting an elective research year if it fits your career plans.

Upcoming Events

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Interview Dates

  • October 22, 2022
  • November 12, 2022
  • November 17, 2022
  • December 1, 2022
  • December 10, 2022
  • January 4, 2023

*All interviews will be held virtually*

The Future of Surgery

AAST multicenter prospective analysis of prehospital tourniquet use for extremity trauma. Rebecca Schroll1,Alison Smith,Kelsey Alabaster,Thomas J Schroeppel,Zachery E Stillman,Erik J Teicher,Elena Lita,Paula Ferrada,Jinfeng Han,Robert D Fullerton,Allison G McNickle,Douglas R Fraser,Michael S Truitt,Heather M Grossman Verner,S Rob Todd,David Turay,Andrew Pop,Laura N Godat,Todd W Costantini,Desmond Khor,Kenji Inaba,James Bardes,Alison Wilson,John G Myers,James M Haan,Kelly L Lightwine,Henrik O Berdel,Anthony J Bottiggi,Warren Dorlac,Linda Zier,Grace Chang,Mae Lindner,Benjamin Martinez,Danielle Tatum,Peter E Fischer,Mark Lieser,Robert C Mabe,Lawrence Lottenberg,Catherine G Velopoulos,Shane Urban,Marquinn Duke,Amy Brown,Merry Peckham,AlleaBelle Gongola,Toby M Enniss,Pedro Teixeira,Dennis Y Kim,George Singer,Peter Ekeh,Claire Hardman,Reza Askari,Barbara Okafor,Juan Duchesne. J Trauma Acute Care Surg.2022 Jun 1;92(6):997-1004.

The tight rope act: A multicenter regional experience of tourniquets In acute trauma resuscitation. Leah Carey Tatebe1,Victoria Schlanser,David Hampton,Grace Chang,Isaac Hanson,James Doherty,Nabil Issa,Hani Ghandour,Samuel Kingsley,Amy Stewart,Michael Anstadt,Andrew Dennis, J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2022 May 1;92(5):890-896

2022 AAST Podium Presentation,Stop the Bleed, Now wait for EMS or get in the car and drive? A secondary analysis of an EAST MCT Trial

Duchesne, Juan; Slaughter, Kevin; Puente, Ivan; Berne, John D.; Yorkgitis, Brian; Mull, Jennifer; Sperry, Jason; Tessmer, Matthew; Costantini, Todd; Berndtson, Allison E.; Kai, Taylor; Rokvic, Giannina; Norwood, Scott; Meadows, Katelyn; Chang, Grace; Lemon, Brittney M.; Jacome, Tomas; Van Sant, Lauren; Paul, Jasmeet; Maher, Zoe; Goldberg, Amy J.; Madayag, Robert M.; Pinson, Greg; Lieser, Mark J.; Haan, James; Marshall, Gary; Carrick, Matthew; Tatum, Danielle. Impact of time to surgery on mortality in hypotensive patients with noncompressible torso hemorrhage: An AAST multicenter, prospective study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg2021 Dec 6.doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003491.

PROSPECTIVE DERIVATION OF A NECROTIZING SOFT TISSUE INFECTION SCORE (NECROSIS): AN EAST MULTICENTER TRIAL” (the “Work”), by Dr. Dennis Y. Kim, to Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Kwon E, Krause C, Luo-Owen X, McArthur K, Cochran-Yu M,Swentek L, Burruss S, Turay D, Krasnoff C, Grigorian A, NahmiasJ, Butt A, Gutierrez A, LaRiccia A, Kincaid M, Fiorentino M, Glass N, Toscano S, Ley EJ, Lombardo S, Guillamondegui O, Bardes JM, DeLa’O C, Wydo S, Leneweaver K, Duletzke N, Nunez J, Moradian S, Posluszny J, Naar L, Kaafarani H, Kemmer H, Lieser M, HansonI, Chang G, Bilaniuk JW, Nemeth Z, Mukherjee K. Time is domain: factors affecting primary fascial closure after trauma and non-trauma damage control laparotomy (data from the EAST SLEEP-TIME multicenter registry). Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg.
2021 Nov 29. doi: 10.1007/s00068-021-01814-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34845499.

When Public-Health Crises Collide: A Multicenter Examination of Pandemic Effects on Pediatric Firearm-Related InjuriesAuthors: LC Tatebe, J Cone, M Slidell, G Chang, J Ourieff, M Jonikas,V Schlanser, AJ Dennis. 51st Annual Meeting of Western Trauma Association, Big Sky Montana Feb 25, 2022

Impact of time to surgery on mortality in hypotensive patients with non-compressible torso hemorrhage: an AAST multicenter, prospective study; Journal of Trauma

When Public-Health Crises Collide: A Multicenter Examination of Pandemic Effects on Pediatric Firearm-Related Injuries
Authors: LC Tatebe, J Cone, M Slidell, G Chang, J Ourieff, M Jonikas, V Schlanser, AJ Dennis
51st Annual Meeting of Western Trauma Association, Big Sky Montana Feb 25, 2022

AAST Multi-Center Prospective Analysis of Pre-Hospital Tourniquet Use for Extremity Trauma, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Tranexamic Acid and Pulmonary Complications in Trauma: Secondary Analysis of EAST Multicenter Trial

2021 AAST Podium Presentation, Impact of time to surgery on mortality in hypotensive patients with non-compressible
torso hemorrhage: an AAST multicenter, prospective study

2021 EAST Podium Presentation, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Trial Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection

2021 Clinical Congress Presentation, American College of Surgeons, The Tightrope Act: A Multicenter Regional Experience of Tourniquets in Acute Trauma Resuscitation (Chang, Hanson)

2021 Clinical Congress Presentation, American College of Surgeons, An East Multicenter Trial Of Prehospital Procedures In Penetrating Trauma: Are Tourniquets Justified? (Chang, Mendiola)

2021 Clinical Congress Presentation, American College of Surgeons, An East Multicenter Trial Of Prehospital Procedures In Penetrating Trauma: A Propensity Matched Analysis Of Police Transport (Chang, Mendiola)

Taghavi, Sharven, MD, MPH, MS, FACS, Maher, Zoe, Goldberg, Amy, Chang, Grace, et al. (2021). An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter trial examining prehospital procedures in penetrating trauma patients. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 91, 130-140. https://doi.org/10.1097/TA.0000000000003151

McArthur, Kaitlin, Krause, Cassandra, MD, MA, Kwon, Eugenia, Luo-Owen, Xian, MD, PhD, et al. (2021). Trauma and nontrauma damage-control laparotomy: The difference is delirium (data from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma SLEEP-TIME multicenter trial). Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 91, 100-107. https://doi.org/10.1097/TA.0000000000003210

Lindner, M., Chaudhuri, R. The trajectory of a low-velocity bullet from the chest to the pituitary gland. Trauma Case Reports. Available online 21 April 2021, 100480

Gorton, A. J., Anderson, E. P., Reimer, J. A., Abdelhady, K., Sawaqed, R., and Massad, M. G. (2020). Considerations in the Surgical Management of Unicuspid Aortic Stenosis. Pediatric Cardiology.

Hozain, A. E., O’Neill, J. D., Pinezich, M. R., Tipograf, Y., Donocoff, R., Cunningham, K. M., Tumen, A., Fung, K., Ukita, R., Simpson, M. T., Reimer, J. A., Ruiz, E. C., Queen, D., Stokes, J. W., Cardwell, N. L., Talackine, J., Kim, J., Snoeck, H. W., Chen, Y. W., Romanov, A., … Vunjak-Novakovic, G. (2020). Xenogeneic cross-circulation for extracorporeal recovery of injured human lungs. Nature Medicine, 26(7), 1102–1113. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0971-8

Hsieh, H., Agarwal, S., Cholok, D. J., Loder, S. J., Kaneko, K., Huber, A., Chung, M. T., Ranganathan, K., Habbouche, J., Li, J., Butts, J., Reimer, J., Kaura, A., Drake, J., Breuler, C., Priest, C. R., Nguyen, J., Brownley, C., Peterson, J., Ozgurel, S. U., … Levi, B. (2019). Coordinating Tissue Regeneration Through Transforming Growth Factor-β Activated Kinase 1 Inactivation and Reactivation. Stem Cells, 37(6), 766–778. https://doi.org/10.1002/stem.2991

Wu, W. K., Tumen, A., Stokes, J. W., Ukita, R., Hozain, A. E., Flynn, C. R., Lee, M. J., Talackine, J. R., Cardwell, N. L., Reimer, J. A., Pinezich, M. R., Benson, C., Vunjak-Novakovic, G., Alexopoulos, S. P., Bacchetta, M. (2020). Cross-circulation for extracoroporeal liver support in a swine model. American Transplant Congress 2021.

Doubrovin, M., Reimer, J. A., Hozain, A. E., Bhat, N., Mintz, A., Hardy, M. A. (2020). Evaluation of 89Zr-Oxine labeling of dendritic cells for PET monitoring. World Molecular Imaging Congress. PD-1 and PD-L1 Expression in Cardiac Transplantation (Mentor: Carmelo Milano, Dawn Bowles)

SARS-CoV-2 vaccination modelling for safe surgery to save lives: data from an international prospective cohort study COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative, British Journal of Surgery, znab101, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjs/znab101. March 2021

Timing of surgery following SARS‐CoV‐2 infection: an international prospective cohort study, COVIDSurg Collaborative,  GlobalSurg Collaborative. https://associationofanaesthetists-publications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.15458

2021 EAST Podium Presentation, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Trial Examining Prehospital Procedures in Penetrating Trauma Patients

Podium Presentation, World Trauma Congress 2021. Time is Domain: Factors Affecting Primary Fascial Closure after Trauma and Non-Trauma Damage Control Laparotomy

The incidence of venous thromboembolic events in trauma patients after tranexamic acid administration: an EAST multicenter study. Lisbi Rivas 1, Jordan Estroff 1, Andrew Sparks 1, Jeffry Nahmias 2, Rebecca Allen 1, Savannah R Smith 1, Matthew Kutcher 3, Kristen Carter 2, Areg Grigorian 3, Spencer Albertson 3, David Turay 4, Juan C Quispe 4, Xian Luo-Owen 4, Michael Vella 5 6, Jose Pascual 5, Gabriella Tororello 5, McKell Quattrone 7, Andrew Bernard 7, Ashanthi Ratnasekera 8, Alice Lee 8, Danielle Tamburrini 8, Carlos Rodriguez 9, Kelly Harrell 9, Kokila Jeyamurugan 10, Nikolay Bugaev 10, Anne Warner 11, Jason Weinberger 11, Joshua P Hazelton 12 13, Mariam Selevany 12, Franklin Wright 14, Alexandra Kovar 14, Shane Urban 14, Amy Hamrick 15, Michael Mount 15, Matthew Carrick 16, Daniel C Cullinane 17, Grace Chang 18, Gary Jain 18, Chance Spalding 19, Babak Sarani. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis 2020 Dec 2. doi: 10.1097/MBC.0000000000000983.
Dexmedetomidine and Paralytic Exposure after Damage Control Laparotomy: Risk Factors for Delirium? Results from the EAST SLEEP-TIME Multicenter Trial” (the “Work”), by Dr. Kaushik Mukherjee, to Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Taghavi S, Maher Z, Goldberg A, Chang G, Mendiola M, et al. An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Trial Examining Prehospital Procedures in Penetrating Trauma Patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021.

Trauma and Non-Trauma Damage Control Laparotomy: The Difference is Delirium (Data from the East SLEEP-TIME Multicenter Trial)” (the “Work”), by Dr. Kaushik Mukherjee, to Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

CovidSurg Collaborative. Preoperative nasopharyngeal swab testing and postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing elective surgery during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, British Journal of Surgery, znaa051, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjs/znaa051

Matsushima K, Wild J, Young K, Chang G, Demetriades D, EAST ACT-TBI Multicenter Study Group.. Anticoagulation therapy in patients with traumatic brain injury: An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter prospective study. 2020 Sept 12:S0039-6060(20)30512-2

2020 EAST Quick Shots Presentation: Trauma and Non-Trauma Damage Control Laparotomy: The Difference is Delirium (Data from EAST – SLEEP-TIME Multicenter Trial)

2020 EAST Oral Presentation: Dexmedetomidine and Paralytic Exposure After Damage Control Laparotomy: Risk Factors For Delirium? Results from EAST – SLEEP-TIME Multicenter Trial

Covid Surg Collaborative [Bloggs A, study role] Mortality and pulmonary complications in patients undergoing surgery with perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international cohort study. The Lancet. 2020

2020 AAST Annual Poster Presentation: Multi-center trial with AAST: Prospective Observational Multi-Center Analysis of Tourniquet Use in Extremity Injury

Robinson LA, Turco LM, Robinson B, et al. Outcomes in patients with gunshot wounds to the brain. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open 2019 Nov 17; (1) e000351. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2019-000351. eCollection 2019.

2019 EAST Annual Assembly Podium Presentation, Association of TXA with VTE in Trauma. Patients: An EAST Multicenter Study

2019 EAST Annual Assembly Paper Presentation, Anticoagulation therapy in patients with traumatic brain injury (ACT-TBI): An EAST multicenter prospective study

PACT: Prehospital Airway Control Trial

Outcomes Among Trauma Patients with Duodenal Leak Following Primary vs Complex Repair of Duodenal Injuries

Trauma VTE Prophylaxis based on anti-Xa levels

Antibiotic Usage in Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injuries

Antibiotics for Facial Fractures

Enhanced Recovery after Surgical Trauma

Effectiveness of bleeding control education and take-home bleeding control kits as a harm reduction strategy for victims of penetrating trauma

Relationship between hemoperitoneum and abdominal examinations

Management of civilian penetrating extraperitoneal rectal trauma without fecal diversion

AAST Multi-Center Trial Impact of Time to Surgery in Hypotensive Patients with Non-compressible Torso Hemorrhage

AAST Multi-Center Prospective Analysis of Pre-Hospital Tourniquet Use for Extremity Trauma

Pediatric Firearm-Related Injuries: Taking Kids Out of Harm’s Way

Begins with Targeted Prevention Efforts

A Multicenter Regional Experience of Tourniquets in Acute Trauma Resuscitation: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why

Are Trauma Patients with Known or Confirmed COVID Infection at Higher Risk of DVT/PE than COVID Negative Trauma Patients?

Prospective comparison of a short versus long chest tube water seal trial for traumatic pneumothorax

Damage-Control Thoracotomy in Thoracic Trauma: Does it Decrease

Mortality in Comparison to Definitive Wound Closure Procedures?

Prospective Multicenter Derivation and Validation of a NECROtizing Soft Tissue Infection Severity (NECROSIS) Score

Prospective, observation multi-center analysis of pre-hospital tourniquet use in extremity injury in the Chicagoland area

Participation in the Surgical Education Culture Optimization through targeted intervention based on National comparative Data (SECOND) Trial

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Leadership & Faculty

Alan Pollak, MD

Chairman, Department of Surgery

Grace Chang, MD, FACS

Program Director, Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon, and Clinical Assistant Professor

Patricia Holden

Residency Program Coordinator

Thomas Dekoj, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Current Residents

Raquel Gonzalez-Heredia, MD/PhD

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Robert Jones, MD

Texas A&M College of Medicine, Bryan, TX

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Mae Lindner, MD

University of Queensland, Oschner Clinical School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

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