American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Loyola University Medical Center

Maywood, IL

Number of Positions Offered: 1

Contact Information

Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief

Fred A. Luchette, MD, MSc, FACS

Associate Program Director

Michael DeHaan, 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,


Loyola University Medical Center

Program Highlights

The Mastery in General Surgery Program at Loyola University Medical Center offers a flexible experience where the Junior Associate will be able to select from a number of clinical opportunities. The program will be split between two sites: the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. The Junior Associate will also have a weekly clinic and operative time throughout the year at both the Hines VA and Gottlieb Hospitals allowing for autonomous and independent practice.

Program Description

The overall curriculum for the Junior Associate will involve simultaneous rotations at the two sites. This is designed to represent a realistic community practice where the surgeon is on staff at two hospitals. The Program Director and Associate Program Director are available at each site to support the Junior Associate with patient care concerns. The experience and the increased independence over the course of the year of training allows the Junior Associate to gain the confidence in decision making and surgical skills that are needed for independent practice.

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:

  • A weekly clinic at both clinical sites
  • Dedicated OR time at the both training sites
  • Participation in a group practice at Gottleib Memorial Hospital
  • Vacation (1 month)

The Junior Associate will learn practice management from the program faculty. 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. Lastly, the Junior Associate will have an academic title of Instructor of Surgery and be involved with supervising General Surgery residents.

Review of the Junior Associate application will be included as part of the initial assessment to set tangible goals for the year. Assessment includes 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.