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 reducing 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: $58,026.00
PGY-2: $60,230.00
PGY-3: $62,307.00
PGY-4: $64,980.00
PGY-5: $67,678.00

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 two 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 U.S. 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 two 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 U.S. 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 Wellbeing 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, or want to see the next SNL star at Second City, or you 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 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 resident’s 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 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 resident’s 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 23, 2021
  • November 6, 2021
  • November 11, 2021
  • November 20, 2021
  • December 4, 2021
  • December 9, 2021

*All interviews will be held virtually*

The Future of Surgery

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

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

Brittney Lemon, DO

Chief Resident / Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

Isaac Hanson, DO

Chief Resident / Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lillington, NC

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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