General Surgery Residency

Current Residents – Why Did I Choose UIC?

Having rotated at the University of Illinois Hospital for my M3 surgery clerkship, I was always impressed with the camaraderie between the residents, but also with the educational experiences for residents and medical students. I always fully appreciated the uniqueness of UIC’s General Surgery program of rotating consistently throughout the Chicago-land, including rotations at a high acuity Level I trauma medical center, VA hospital, and a smaller private community hospital. Having a home site at a large academic center in Chicago attracts patients with complex medical histories and many uncontrolled co-morbidities, which bring many challenges but meaningful learning experiences. I knew by training here I will build a stronger foundation for my career while being able to live in and enjoy one of the best cities in the world. | Sarah Kim, MD (PGY1)

I chose to do my general surgery residency at UIC because of its association with Advocate Christ Medical Center on the South Side of Chicago. As an aspiring trauma surgeon, there are few places that offer higher exposure to traumatology and critical care cases while a resident than at a program affiliated with a high volume Level I trauma center. UIC also has a faculty that is very supportive of residents who wish to perform research and allowed me to take two years to research medical education at the University of Pennsylvania. | David Sigmon, MD (PGY3)

The camaraderie in the general surgery program at UIC is one of the many aspects that brought me to match with the program. Surgery in general is difficult and the opportunity to have senior residents and attending surgeons that help foster your learning as well as challenge you daily both in and outside of the operating room has made this program mean a great deal to me. I feel that each year within the program I am given new avenues to enhance my surgical craft whether it be an open procedure, laparoscopic and robotic. Living in Chicago also offers me the ability to see and treat cases that would not be available in other institutions. Oh and its also home to the Chicago Cubs!! | Hans Blunck, MD (PGY5)

I knew in medical school that I wanted to pursue a career in either minimally invasive surgery or transplant. While initially torn between the two, I had the opportunity to do an away rotation at the institution that performed the first robotic donor nephrectomy, UIC. During my time there I was treated like a vital member of the team, and appreciated the camaraderie of the residents and attending. I recognized the vast scope minimally invasive surgery had to offer, and wanted to be part of an institution which pushed the boundaries of surgery. | Stephan Gruessner, MD (Research Resident)