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The goal of the Rush University Medical Center surgical residency program is to allow each resident to fulfill all of his or her potential and have a successful career in the surgical endeavor of his or her choice. Graduates of this program are competent to enter the independent practice of surgery, compete for any post-graduate fellowship they desire and continue in an academic career. The Rush University Medical Center Surgical Residency is an integrated program between Rush University Medical Center and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The strong traditions of these two historic institutions provide for a diverse and in-depth surgical training experience. The program is fully accredited by the ACGME to train and graduate eight categorical residents each year.

Residents rotate at Rush University Medical Center, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and North Shore Skokie Hospital. Each institution, while similar in its dedication and commitment to surgical education, offers a distinctive training environment. Rush University Medical Center is a tertiary care university hospital with a high volume of complex, common and unusual cases. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County is a legendary urban public hospital with renowned experience in trauma and critical care. North Shore Skokie Hospital is a busy and award-winning teaching hospital in the suburban community. Residents training at these three institutions have a unique opportunity to learn the entire spectrum of surgical patients and surgical disease.

Our residents are exposed to all aspects of general surgery. Residents graduating in 2010 performed an average of 1,084 cases and easily exceeded the American Board of Surgery requirements in all defined categories. While residents have a strong inpatient and operative experience, as is evident by their case numbers, their outpatient exposure is also an integral part of the program.

The Rush residency has a solid and structural academic curriculum. Our expectation is that a graduate of this program will have specialized knowledge and experience in the diagnosis, pre-operative, operative and post-operative management of diseases and their complications in the nine primary components of surgery including: alimentary tract; abdomen and its contents; breast, skin and soft tissue; head and neck; vascular system; endocrine system; surgical oncology; comprehensive management of trauma; and complete care of critically ill patients. In addition, residents are expected to have substantial pre-operative and post-operative experience in pediatric, plastic, general thoracic and transplant surgery. Rush faculty and residents write the best selling Rush University Review of Surgery, now in its fifth edition.

The program has a commitment to providing residents with opportunities to pursue basic, clinical and translational research during their training. There are active basic science laboratories and clinical research programs throughout the institution.

We are confident that applicants for general surgery residencies will find Rush one of the finest programs available.


Daniel J. Deziel, MD
Helen Shedd Keith Professor and Chair

Norman L. Wool, MD
Residency Program Director

Edie Y. Chan, MD
Associate Program Director


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