Though the orthopaedic surgeon deals with a variety of disease processes, age groups and anatomical regions, it is difficult to simultaneously understand all areas encountered during a training program. Therefore, the program is designed to allow the resident to concentrate and develop skills and expertise in one area at a time. Three institutions contribute to the education of Loyola Orthopaedic Surgery residents.
Loyola University Medical Center is the principal teaching facility of the residency. All clinical and basic science conferences take place within the medical center. The medical center and it’s affiliated outpatient center in Oak Brook, Illinois are the sites of inpatient and outpatient surgery and the center for resident participation in out-patient care in conjunction with faculty. Because Loyola is the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in the state of Illinois, exposure to adult and pediatric trauma is extensive. Pelvic, long bone, spine and hand trauma is frequent. Each patient is admitted under the care of an attending physician. Residents play a major role in the perioperative care of patients. A high volume of complex musculoskeletal and systemic trauma is seen on a regular basis. Approximately one-third of new outpatient visits to the Orthopaedic Service represent referrals from orthopaedic surgeons outside the Loyola Medical Center.
Hines Veterans Administration Hospital provides an opportunity for residents to play a primary role in the evaluation and care of patients under the guidance of Loyola Faculty. Adult Reconstruction and Fracture service patients are evaluated in the Hines outpatient clinic and admitted to the hospital for care with follow-up being rendered in the outpatient center. It is the busiest hospital in VISN 12 and receives referral patients from throughout the region. The Hines Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Engineering Center is a nationally recognized research center within the VA program. The Biomechanics Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Research Section is located within the Hines Rehab Engineering Center. Resident research in the Center is a component of the research rotation.
Shriners Hospital, Chicago Unit, provides exposure to pediatric orthopaedic problems including cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and congenital hand and foot malformations, myelodysplasia and spinal cord injury. Seventy percent of the hospital’s patient population is drawn from the Midwest. Approximately 30% of admissions are from overseas. The hospital serves a large population of children with osteogenesis imperfecta. Resident education is supervised by attending staff based at the institution as well as by Loyola staff members, Drs. Light and Bednar, who provide part-time coverage at the institution. Orthopaedic residents from Loyola, Rush and the University of Illinois simultaneously rotate through this institution.
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital has been affiliated with the Loyola University Health System for the last three years. This community hospital provides the opportunity to manage patients undergoing elective adult reconstructive, shoulder, and sports medicine-related surgery. Additionally, the trauma service provides care for injuries seen in a community setting. Residents on rotation at Gottlieb attend conferences at the medical center campus and present cases via teleconferencing at daily morning report. All patients treated at Gottlieb are under the care of a full-time attending on the Loyola Orthopaedic faculty.