First-year residents spend 8 months in general surgery and 4 months in various subspecialties at Resurrection Health Care Facilities. During this time, residents evaluate and develop adequate databases for surgical patients, manage preoperative and postoperative patient care, function as first assistants in major surgical procedures and as surgeons based on their ability. In addition, they gain experience in surgical intensive care.
Second-year residents spend 5 months in General Surgery, 1 month in Anesthesiology and Endoscopy and 1 month at Northwestern University's teaching hospital for SICU, including Children's Memorial Hospital for Pediatric Surgery for 2 months and 2 months at Mount Sinai Hospital for ICU trauma.
Third-year residents spend 8 months in General Surgery, 1 month at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for Vascular Surgery, 1 month for Endocrine Surgery, 1 month for Thoracic Surgery, and 1 month for Transplant Surgery. Throughout the third year, residents gain progressively graded clinical experience and function as surgeons during certain procedures.
The fourth-year resident spends 10 months as the senior surgical resident in General, Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Saint Joseph Hospital in addition to assuming more independent responsibility for patients, and 2 months operative trauma at Mount Sinai Hospital. Residents are given responsibility for surgical intensive care patients.
The fifth-year resident spends the year as the chief surgical resident in General, Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Saint Joseph Hospital. While under the supervision of the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and other key surgical staff members, the chief surgical resident is responsible for the day-to-day management of the major surgical teaching service, all preoperative patient evaluations, surgical procedures, follow-up care and answering consultations.
Additionally, the chief resident helps organize and acts as an instructor of surgical education programs. The chief resident also completes a research project, which is presented at the annual meeting of Northwestern University Medical School's Department of Surgery.
Throughout the five-year residency program, residents play a vital role in educating 3rd year medical students from the University of Illinois at Chicago.