Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education Symposium

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By discussing the history and showcasing the latest innovations in simulation model medicine, the College of Medicine Homecoming 2014: History and Future Advances in Medicine activity will provide physicians with the latest advances in Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Robotics/Surgery and Toxicology.


All activities will be held on-site at the Hotel Intercontinental Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Avenue. The cost is $50 for 5 education sessions worth of up to 5 CME* credits and includes a luncheon with College of Medicine Dean Dimitri T. Azar, MD, MBA. Click here to register.

8:00 a.m.
CME Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome

Dr. Timothy Erickson, MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Session 1 - History of Anatomy
Domiano Rondelli, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Research,
Cancer Center; Professor of Medical Hematology &
Scott Brady, PhD, Professor and Head, Anatomy and Cell Biology

This presentation will highlight the history of Vesalius celebrating his 500th anniversary and his pioneering anatomy textbook, De Humani Corporis Fabrica. The works of Galen, Avicenna, and Leonardo da Vinci will also be discussed. This session will be followed by the works of other great and influential pioneers in early modern anatomy during the 17th-19th centuries.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Session 2Choose one:

  • History of Neurosurgery

    Fady Charbel, MD, Professor and Head, Neurosurgery

This presentation will discuss the History of Neurosurgery as a specialty highlighting the early pioneers of the field including Cushing, Dandy, Walker and Yasargel as well as major neurosurgical discoveries and microsurgical techniques. 


  • History of Obstetrics

    Mary Stephenson, MD, Professor and Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology

This presentation will highlight significant historical break throughs in obstetrical care including breech deliveries, use of forceps, chloroform anesthesia, antiseptics, and cesarean sections. Also will discuss the advent of ultrasound and fetal monitoring and historic fall of maternal mortality rates.


  • History of Cardiology

    George Kondos, MD, Professor of Medicine; Chief, Division of Cardiology

This presentation will discuss the history of cardiology highlighting the early pioneers of the field and major cardiovascular discoveries such as the innovative work by UIC College of Medicine Alumnus Dr. Michael S. Gordon and the "Harvey®" Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator.


  • History of Toxicology & Poisons

Tim Erickson, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine;
Director, Center for Global Health

Although toxicology as a formally recognized scientific discipline is relatively new with major developments in the 1900s, the science itself is thousands of years old. From naturally derived toxins for hunting, to ancient medicinals, to political poisonings, toxicology is a fascinating field that cuts across all medical specialties. Sixteenth century alchemist Paracelsus coined the famous maxim which best describes the specialty: "All substances are poisons, there is none which is not a poison--the right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy." 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Session 3Choose one from the session above

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Program
Dean Dimitri T. Azar, MD, MBA,
State of the College of Medicine

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Session 4 – Introduction – Rachel Yudowsky, MD, Associate Professor, Medical Education and Valerie Dobiesz, MD, Director, Simulation Fellowship

Choose one:


·        Advances in Cardiology

Adhir Shroff, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology

This session will highlight the latest cutting edge advances in Cardiology using cath lab interventions, simulation and virtual models.

·        Advances in Neurosurgery

Ali Alaraj, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

This session will highlight future advances in Neurosurgery with simulation and virtual models such as the CAVE2 project and 3D Brain modeling.

·        Advances in Robotics/Surgery

Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, MD, Professor of Surgery; Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

This session will discuss the latest cutting edge advances in transplantation surgery, robotics, and innovative minimally invasive surgical techniques. 

·        Advances in OB/GYN

Valerie Swiatkowksi, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

This session will highlight latest cutting edge advances in Obstetrics using simulation and virtual models to demonstrate challenging labor and delivery situations with advanced obstetrical techniques.

·         Advances in Medical Toxicology

Jillian Theobald, MD, Clinical Instructor and Physician  Surgeon, Department of Emergency Medicine

This session will discuss the latest cutting-edge advances in medical toxicology including simulation model resuscitation, antidote therapy, extracorporeal techniques and enhanced elimination of poisons.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Session 5Choose one from the session above

3:00 p.m.  Closing and Q & A

CME evaluation (required to receive CME credit)

*CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDITS:  The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.