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Loyola University Medical Center

Maywood, IL

Number of Positions Offered: 1

Contact Information

Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief

Fred A. Luchette, MD, FACS

Additional Information

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Department of Surgery Bldg. 110, Room 3276
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
Fax: 708-327-3492

Administrative Contact: Denise Krizka,


Program Highlights

The Mastery in General Surgery Program at Loyola University will offer a flexible experience where the Junior Associate will be able to select a number of elective opportunities. The program will be split between three sites: Loyola University Medical Center, Hines VA Hospital, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. The Junior Associate will also have a weekly clinic and operative time throughout the year at Hines VA allowing for additional independent practice.

Program Description

The overall curriculum for the Junior Associate will involve rotations at the three sites. The first six months of the year will be spent on the acute care surgery/trauma, breast, colorectal, and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery services with the opportunity to tailor the experience to the goals of the Junior Associate. In these instances, the Junior Associate will function as a staff member, with the call coverage and decision making at the attending surgeon level. The Hines VA experience and the increased supervisory oversight over the course of the first six months will allow the Junior Associate the appropriate skills, confidence, and judgment to confidently take on the role at Gottlieb. For the latter half of the year, the Junior Associate will serve as an instructor-level, attending surgeon at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the community practice group.

The training experience will be sufficiently flexible that the Junior Associate will be able to select a number of elective opportunities. The anticipated schedule will include:

  • Acute care surgery/trauma (2 months)
  • Breast (1 month)
  • Colorectal (1 month with endoscopy)
  • Gastrointestinal/minimally invasive surgery (1 month with endoscopy)
  • Gottlieb (6 months)
  • Hines VA (weekly clinic/operating room for the year)
  • Additional opportunities in hepaticopancreaticobiliary, and endocrine may be substituted for colorectal, GI, and breast
  • Vacation (1 month)

The Junior Associate will meet with various members of the departmental leadership team to learn practice management within a department of surgery. In addition, the Junior Associate will complete a formal curriculum with the departments of billing and collections, medical liability, physician recruitment, contracting, and quality and patient safety.

Review of the Junior Associate application will be included as part of the initial assessment to set tangible goals for the year. Assessment will include a measurement of progress toward established individual and program goals, as well as clinical performance (operative, judgment, and management skills), professionalism, practice management skills, emotional intelligence, and teaching.

Senior Associate

Michael R. DeHaan, MD, FACS