Postdoctoral Programs: General Surgery

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

Training Sites
Didactic Program
How To Apply
Contact Information

The General Surgery Residency Program of Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine is an AOA approved, five year training program. We offer to qualified candidates the necessary opportunities, both clinical and academic, to acquire the art and practice of general surgery. Osteopathic concepts, including structural and manipulative therapy, are an integral part of the surgical patient's care and are emphasized throughout this program. Basic surgical training is also available for those residents preparing for surgical subspecialty training at a future date.

By the end of the training period, the resident should be both a competent diagnostician and a proficient technician in the art of general surgery. The resident will be able to sit for the certifying examination conducted by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS).

Program Director: David Holt, M.D.

AOA Approved Positions: 15

Primary Training Site

St. James Hospital and Health Centers-Chicago Heights Campus

Affiliate Training Sites

St. Margaret Mercy South; Dyer, IN
Children's Memorial Hospital; Chicago, IL
Resurrection Hospital; Chicago, IL
Advocate Trinity Hospital; Chicago, IL
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County; Chicago, IL

Attendings (Primary Teaching Site)

General Surgery
M. Perez, M.D.
E. Woo, D.O.
A. Lamba, M.D.
J. O'Donnell, M.D.

Bariatric Surgery
Vafa Shayani, M.D.

Breast Surgery
R. Krinski, M.D.

Colorectal Surgery
S. Brill, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery
S. Rao, M.D.

Vascular Surgery
A. Subram, M.D.
E. Tanquilit, D.O.
I. Goldstein, M.D.


House Staff Salary 2012-2013

Didactic Program

There are numerous educational opportunities available, both within and ouside of the department. These include:


The residency training program consists of four consecutive years designed to provide the resident with ever-increasing patient care responsibilities and surgical proficiency proportionate to the resident's knowledge and ability.

First Year-OGME 1

The OGME-1 year follows the standards set by the AOA with the following rotations: Internal Medicine (2 months); ICU (1 month); Emergency Medicine (1 month); Pediatrics (1 month); General Surgery (4 months); Surgical Selectives (3 months)

Second Year-OGME 2

The resident should develop a sound and basic surgical philosophy. The resident is responsible for all aspects of primary pre-operative and post-operative patient care, under supervision. This year is oriented toward teaching the management of surgical problems and affording the resident both experience and confidence in his/her ability to anticipate, recognize, treat, and correct medical and surgical conditions. Emphasis is placed on anatomy and physiology. The resident should expect to perform 50-100 operative procedures under supervision, as well as portions of other surgical procedures at the discretion of the operating surgeon.

Third Year-OGME 3

The resident will expand their surgical philosophy and improve their dexterity. The resident's duties will essentially correspond to those of OGME2's although the resident is expected to demonstrate an ever-increasing knowledge base and skill level. Two months will be spent in pediatric surgery. The resident may expect to perform 100-200 cases under supervision.

Fourth Year-OGME 4

The resident will be afforded the opportunity to expand their ability to perform surgical procedures of greater magnitude, under supervision. The resident may expect to perform 100-200 procedures of increasingly complex nature.

Fifth Year-OGME 5

The resident will assume total case management for selected patients, with appropriate staff supervision. The resident should perform approximately 200 procedures and will enjoy the flexibility of "good" case selection. This year consists of six months as Chief Resident at St. James Hospital-Chicago Heights Campus.

How to Apply

You may apply to the General Surgery Residency Training Program through ERAS.

Contact Information

Charmaine Pickens
Program Coordinator-General Surgery Residency Training Program
20201 South Crawford Avenue
Olympia Fields, Illinois 60461

Phone: (708) 747-4000 ext 1043
Fax: (708) 503-3241