The training program in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago includes the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and Sinai Health System. The program is fully accredited until 2019 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 Christ Hospital, and a two-month rotation on the Burn Unit at the University of Chicago.
At the University of Illinois Hospital, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and University of Chicago Hospital 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:
- Cleft lip and cleft palate and pediatric plastic surgery
- General reconstruction (Adult and pediatric)
- Craniomaxillofacial surgery and Orthognathic surgery
- Maxillofacial trauma
- Head and neck cancer and reconstruction
- Breast surgery
- Aesthetic surgery of the face, body and extremities
- Post weight loss bony contouring
- Hand and microsurgery
- Wound care and management
MEDICAL SCHOOL AFFILIATION
We are an integral part of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.
An intern from general surgery rotates through the service all year round in each hospital. At Mt. Sinai Hospital, residents from the University of Chicago Program rotate through our service all year around.