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TRAINING PROGRAM

Program Administration
Program Characteristics
Training Program Overview
Medical School Affiliation
Participating Hospitals
Other Residents
Faculty
Teaching Staff
Clinics
Emergency Room
Basic Science
Research
Teaching
Students
Teaching Obligations of the Residents
Meetings
Application Process

PROGRAM DIRECTOR :

Mimis Cohen, M.D., FACS, FAAP
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Divisions of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery
University of Illinois and Mt. Sinai Medical Center

820 S. Wood Street – Suite 515 CSN

Chicago , IL 60612-7316

Phone: 312-996-9313

Fax: 312-413-0495

E-mail: mncohen@uic.edu

PROGRAM COORDINATOR & CONTACT PERSON :

Mrs. Mary Mouw
Division of Plastic Surgery - M/C 958
University of Illinois at Chicago
820 S. Wood Street - Suite 515 CSN
Chicago, IL 60612-7316
Phone: (312) 996-9313
E-mail: mjmouw@uic.edu

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PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS
Our mission is to provide our residents with extensive clinical and theoretical knowledge to allow them to successfully compete in today's demanding markets. The training program is fully accredited and based at the University of Illinois, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, John H. Stroger, Jr Hospital of Cook County, and Christ Hospital and Medical Center. During their 3 years of training, residents are given the opportunity to actively participate in the care of our patients and obtain a broad theoretical, clinical and operative experience in all aspects of adult and pediatric Plastic surgery, including cleft lip/palate, craniofacial surgery, breast surgery, hand, microsurgery, burns, cosmetic surgery, maxillofacial trauma, general reconstruction, microsurgery, body contouring and wound care. There is an extensive teaching curriculum covering the entire scope of Plastic surgery, and all residents are given the opportunity for clinical and laboratory research.

Applicants must have a strong medical and surgical background and should demonstrate a high performance in their basic training. Credentials such as other degrees, fellowships or research experience are also taken into consideration, for selection of residents.

Applications are only accepted through the San Francisco Match and after completion of the prerequisite training in a General Surgery accredited training program. :

San Francisco Match

655 Beach St .

San Francisco , CA 94109

www.sfmatch.org

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TRAINING PROGRAM

The training program in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago includes the University of Illinois Hospital and Medical Center, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Christ Hospital and Medical Center. The program is fully accredited (last review 2006 – 5 year accreditation) for two residents in each of the three years of training. During the three-year course of training, every resident spends equal time on the plastic surgery service of each of the institutions (University of Illinois Hospital, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Christ Hospital). In addition, there is a six-month rotation for each resident on the Hand Surgery service at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and a three-month rotation on the Burn Unit at the same institution.

At the University of Illinois Hospital, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, full responsibility is given to the residents, beginning immediately with their junior year. Residents are responsible for evaluation, management, pre and post operative care according to their level of training. They assist and perform a significant number of procedures under the guidance and supervision of an attending.

At Christ Hospital and Medical Center, the attending physician is primarily responsible for patient care. The residents, however, are actively involved in the care of these patients and perform a significant number of procedures under the supervision of the attending surgeons. An average of 3,000 procedures are performed by the Plastic Surgery Services at the three institutions each year. During their training, the residents gain experience in all aspects of our specialty in adult and pediatric Plastic Surgery, including:

  • Wound care and management
  • General reconstruction
  • Craniomaxillofacial surgery and orthognathic surgery
  • Cleft lip and cleft palate and pediatric plastic surgery
  • Maxillofacial trauma
  • Head and neck cancer and reconstruction
  • Breast surgery
  • Burns
  • Aesthetic surgery of the face, body and extremities
  • Hand and microsurgery

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MEDICAL SCHOOL AFFILIATION

We are an integral part of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

PARTICIPATING HOSPITALS

· UICMC is a 450-bed hospital with a very busy Plastic Surgery Service. Emphasis during this rotation is given to general plastic surgery, reconstruction of difficult defects/wounds referred by all surgical services, craniomaxillofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and body contouring surgery.

· Mt. Sinai is a 325 bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center. Emphasis during this rotation is given to general plastic surgery, maxillofacial trauma and hand surgery.

· John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County:A brand new 450-bed state of the art facility with a Level-1 Trauma Center. Emphasis during this rotation is given to hand and burn surgery.

· Christ Hospital and Medical Center: A 750-bed hospital with a Level-1 Trauma Center. Emphasis during this rotation is given to general plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and office surgery. Residents participate in patient care along with private attendings in the hospital and private offices.

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OTHER RESIDENTS

An intern from general surgery rotates through the service all year round in each hospital. At University of Illinois Hospital, a resident from the Oral and Maxillofiacial Surgery Program rotates through our services all year around.

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FACULTY

UICMC - Plastic Surgery:

  • Mimis Cohen, M.D., Professor & Chief, Program Director;
  • Pravin Patel M.D., Associate Professor, Director of Craniofacial Services;
  • Rudolph Dolezal, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor;
  • Ramasamy Kalimuthu, M.D., Clinical Professor, Director of Microsurgical Services;
  • M. Vincent Makhlouf, M.D., Clinal Assistant Professor;
  • David Morris, M.D., Assistant Professor.

Craniofacial Center:

  • David Reisberg, D.D.S., Professor, Director of Cranio-Maxillofacial Clinic;
  • Mimis Cohen, M.D., Professor of Surgery
  • Pravin Patel, M.D., Associate Professor
  • David Morris, M.D., Assistant Professor
  • Carlotta Evans, D.D.S., Professor of Orthodontics and Director of Orthodontic Care
  • Maya Shahani, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Pediatric Services
  • Diana Acevedo, MS,  Speech Pathology
  • Robert Brown, BCO, Prosthetic Occularist
  • Janine Rosenberg, Ph.D, Psychologist;
  • Rosemary Seelaus, MAMS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Senior Anaplastologist;
  • Gabrielle Cager, MA, Audiologist;
  • Lin Ping Zhao, PhD, Director of Research
  • Terry Kaisling, RN, MBA, Director of Physician Practice


Mt. Sinai Medical Center :

  • Mimis Cohen, M.D., Chief
  • David Morris, M.D., Attending
  • M. Vincent Makhlouf, M.D., Attending
  • Orhan Kayamakcalan, M.D., Chief, Hand Surgery
  • Nedra Joyner, M.D., Chief, Division of Otolaryngology
  • Angelo Consiglio, M.D., Attending ENT

Christ Hospital and Medical Center:

  • Rajendra R. Shah, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery Site Coordinator;
  • Ramasamy Kalimuthu, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Chair, Division of Plastic Surgery;
  • Nicholas J. Speziale, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor.

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County - Burn Unit:

  • Stathis Poulakidas, M.D., Chairman, Site Coordinator,
  • Thomas Messer, MD, Attending
  • Roxane Roberts, MD, Attending
  • Faran Bokhani, MD, Attending
  • Dorian Wiley, MD, Attending
  • Kimberly Joseph, MD, Attending
  • Kimberly Nagy, MD, Attending
  • Andrew Dennis, MD, Attending
  • Frederick Starr, MD, Attending
  • Dorian Wiley, MD, Attending

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County - Hand Service:

  • Mark Gonzalez, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedics, Chairman, Site Coordinator;
  • Chunprappa Boonmee MD., Attending
  • Alfonso Mejia, M.D., Assistant Professor

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TEACHING STAFF

The teaching staff is composed of full-time, part-time staff, as well as volunteer attendings with private practices. The position of the chief of the division is a full-time, academic and clinical assignment for both UICMC and Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

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CLINICS

Out Patient Clinics:
· General Plastic Surgery Clinic - UICMC, twice a week
Average census: Per Clinic, 150 patients

· General Plastic Surgery Clinic – once a week
Average census: Per Clinic, 40 patients

Special Clinics:
· Craniofacial Center (CFC) at UIH, a multi-disciplinary referral clinic with 4,000 active patients, over 4,500 clinic visits yearly, and over 500 new patients a year.

· Hand Clinic at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, twice a week
Average census: Per Clinic, 80 patients

· Burn Clinic at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, once a week
Average census: Per Clinic, 15 patients

· Hand Clinic at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, a multi-disciplinary clinic, twice a week
Average census: 60 patients each month

Offices:
· During their rotation at Christ Hospital and Medical Center, residents spend a significant amount of time at the office of the attendings participating in the care of patients undergoing various cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

· The residents have full responsibility for preoperative evaluations, non-operative and postoperative care. Surgical planning is formulated in consultation with the attending plastic surgeon assigned to the clinic each day.

· At the Craniofacial Center, principal care is provided by the attending plastic surgeon. One resident accompanies the attending, examines all patients and participates in the discussion with the other members of the team, getting the exposure for total care of patients with craniofacial anomalies.

. At the Cosmetic Center, principal care is provided by the attending plastic surgeon. Residents accompany the attendings, examine patients and participate in the discussion during preoperative consultations, selection and planning of procedures. They also participate in the surgical procedure and have the opportunity to evaluate postoperative results.

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EMERGENCY ROOM

In all institutions, residents alternate on the call schedule and are responsible for providing primary care. Their work is supervised by the attending staff by telephone discussion or in person, as needed. A large number of patients are seen in the E.R. each week, at all institutions.

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BASIC SCIENCE

A strong effort is made to integrate the basic sciences into the training program. A main component of this is the anatomy dissection lab at the University of Illinois. We cooperate closely with several scientists on the University of Illinois at Chicago faculty to develop and complete various projects.

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RESEARCH

Large research facilities are available at the University of Illinois. In addition, there is a microsurgery laboratory for training of the residents and students in the techniques of microsurgery. With the increased number of funds and the present of additional research fellows, several projects are currently ongoing. The residents are encouraged to participate in research and to complete and present at least one clinical/research project each year.

An average of 15 papers, book chapters and abstracts are published yearly by the attending staff and residents of our Division.

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TEACHING

Teaching of the residents by the attending staff includes:

a. Informal one-to-one clinical teaching in the clinics, the ER, operating room and wards

b. Conferences, including:
· Weekly lectures by attending staff and guest speakers
· Monthly Journal Club
· Bi-monthly M & M Conference
· Weekly Craniofacial Lectures
· Monthly Core Curriculum Lectures

c. Microsurgery lab

d. Cadaver dissection

e. Library with an extensive selection of books, journals, and videotapes and DVD's.

f. During rotation for Hand and Burn, residents participate in all scheduled conferences of these services.

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STUDENTS

Third-year medical students rotate through our service during their surgical clerkship. Our Division offers an elective clerkship of a minimum of four weeks to fourth-year medical students or equivalent level from other institutions and other countries.

Residents participate actively in the training of medical students along with the attendings.

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TEACHING OBLIGATIONS OF THE RESIDENTS

The residents engage in ongoing teaching dialogue with the junior residents and students who rotate through our service. In addition, the residents participate actively and take their turns in presenting didactic lectures to students.

Teaching by our staff, including the residents, is so highly regarded by the medical school students that our service is one of the most sought-after and best subscribed to by the students on their required as well as elective rotations.

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MEETINGS

Each resident is supported to attend a major Plastic Surgery meetings each year. Opportunities are provided to attend local or regional meetings as well.

Residents are encouraged to prepare and submit papers for presentation at meetings at the local, regional, and national levels. In keeping with the policy of the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois, residents are allowed time and funding to attend such a meeting, as long as their paper has been accepted for presentation.

Senior residents attend the Senior Plastic Surgery Residents' Conference each year on the condition that a paper is accepted for presentation.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

We only accept resident applications through the plastic surgery matching program.

For applications, please contact:

SF Match
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

E-mail: help@sfmatch.org

Phone: 415-447-0350

Fax: 415-561-8535

Website : www.sfmatch.org

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