Departments: Surgery

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

Surgery: Andrew Dennis, D.O., Chair

All osteopathic physicians must be trained to understand surgical diseases as presented in a clinical setting. They must master pre- and post-operative assessment of patients so they can function in any medical setting as an important and integral part of the patient care team. Family practice physicians should also be able to perform ambulatory procedures in an office setting as well as understand all aspects of wound management.

The members of the surgery department are committed to CCOM's precepts of teaching, healing, and serving. The academic mission of the department is to provide didactic and clinical training in the surgical arts. The members of the department provide comprehensive osteopathic surgical care for the patients in CCOM's affiliated clinical facilities. The members of the department serve not only as mentors for all medical students but also seek to identify those students who have the ability and interest to become osteopathic surgeons in order to provide them with additional personal and professional guidance and assistance.

1702, 1802 Surgery Rotation I and II
The rotation in surgery is divided into three parts: hospital-based care, ambulatory surgery, and clinical care. In this clerkship, the medical students participate in general surgery, trauma surgery, and subspecialty surgery such as ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, orthopedics, urological surgery, cardiovascular surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, and anesthesiology. The hospital-based surgical experiences occur at CCOM's affiliated hospitals and clinical sites. In the hospitals, the medical students take histories, give physicals, participate in surgery, and make post-surgical rounds. In the ambulatory surgical experiences, the medical students are assigned to the affiliated ambulatory care clinics where they see patients pre-operatively and provide post-operative care that includes changing dressings and removing sutures. In addition, students are placed with subspecialty preceptors to work with them in both clinical and hospital settings.

Throughout the 16 weeks of this rotation, students attend an extensive lecture series and programming provided by the department, as well as participate with the surgeons in rounds and observe surgeons and residents as they consult with physicians from other departments.

Elective Clerkship in Otolaryngology

Orthopedic Surgery: Andrew Dennis, D.O., Chair

Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Interest in this specialty is a natural and complementary extension of the learning experience of the osteopathic physician. The department consists of both certified and board-eligible orthopedic specialists. Some of these specialists have completed subspecialty training programs that have enhanced their skills and enriched the program. During both basic science and clinical rotations, these specialists conduct lectures on topics relating to musculoskeletal disease and injury. By doing so, they provide students with a progressive appreciation for, knowledge of, and essential skills in the orthopedic practice necessary to the osteopathic physician.

The department offers a four-year residency training program in orthopedic surgery with 12 AOA-approved positions. During this training program, residents participate in rotations for three- to six-month periods at affiliate training sites. These rotations expose residents to subspecialty areas of orthopedic surgery, as well as broader surgical and clinical philosophies. Following completion of their general orthopedic training, many orthopedic residents from the program complete fellowships in specific areas of orthopedic interest. These areas include spinal surgery, joint replacement, sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics, and Ilizarov training. The Department also offers brief rotations for interns, residents from other departments, and osteopathic medical students serving their clinical rotations.

Elective Clerkship in Orthopedic Surgery