Plans for Emergency Medicine Residency Program | Loyola Medicine
Monday, October 8, 2018

Loyola Medicine to Offer Residency Program in Emergency Medicine

ER team rushing a patient into the hospital

MAYWOOD, IL –  Loyola University Medical Center, which treats some of the Chicago area's most critically ill and injured patients, is establishing a residency program to train new doctors in emergency medicine.

A residency in emergency medicine lasts three years. Loyola will start six physicians for each year of residency, for a total of 18 residents once the program is fully implemented.

Loyola's emergency residency program, newly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, will begin July 2019. Faculty from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s department of emergency medicine will supervise residents. The faculty is a diverse group with expertise in emergency medicine, as well as subspecialized areas such as emergency medical services, pediatrics, toxicology, sports medicine and ultrasound.

 "Our mission is to train emergency medicine physicians for excellence in leadership, care and service," said Mark E. Cichon, DO, FACEP/FACOEP, chair of Loyola's department of emergency medicine.

David Snow, MD, MSc, FACEP, will be program director of the residency program.

The program will benefit greatly from Loyola University Medical Center's status as a level 1 trauma center and emergency medical services resource hospital, as well as Loyola's burn intensive care unitpediatric hospital and specialized patient care areas. The program also offers an academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, with a simulation education center featuring computerized manikins that simulate real-life medical emergencies.

The three-year curriculum, based on the latest educational theory and methods, is designed to provide residents with the optimal educational and clinical experience.

"We have the infrastructure and critical mass to offer residents a great program," Dr. Cichon said.

Loyola offers a full range of emergency medicine services. Loyola serves as a primary emergency department (ED) to the local community, a secondary ED that receives patients from Loyola's ambulatory clinics, a tertiary referral center for trauma, stroke, burns and pediatric ICU and a quaternary ED for complex cases such as organ transplants and advanced cancer treatments.

Loyola is the only level 1 trauma center in Illinois to be verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Verification helps ensure optimal quality care and excellent patient outcomes.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.