We are pleased to announce a new training program involving SIH and SIU School of Medicine. As of July 1, third and fourth year surgical residents train alongside surgeons at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Herrin Hospital, St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, and the Physicians’ Surgery Center in Carbondale.
“We are very excited to expand our residents’ experiences to include physician teachers from a more rural setting,” said Satyadeep Bhattacharya, MD, colorectal surgeon and newly appointed Southern Illinois Assistant Program Director for the residency program.
“Our ultimate goal is to make sure our residents are exposed to all types of practices and as many surgical cases as possible before entering the work force. SIU has always been known for being on the leading edge of surgical education.” SIU already has its family medicine residents rotate in southern Illinois.
Jaclyn Wierzbicki, MD, a native of Naperville, Illinois, is a fourth year general surgery resident at SIU School of Medicine and the first surgical resident to take part in the new program. During her first two weeks in southern Illinois, she’s operated alongside surgeons on a variety of emergent and elective cases ranging from bariatrics, cancer, colorectal, endoscopic and vascular surgeries.
“I’m proud of the program that I come from. SIU School of Medicine offers a great surgical education; they are always responsive to what residents are interested in doing. We are a residency program with a mission that we want physician to do general surgery and be prepared to go into a rural practice. This is something that the residents’ have requested for years, and to be part of it from the very beginning is an honor.”
Several area surgeons will be involved in the guidance and education of the residents, including Satyadeep Bhattacharya, MD, David Clutts, MD, Marsha Ryan, MD, JD, Adrian Patriciu Martin, MD, Robert Judson Brewer, MD, Suven Shankar, MD, Carlos Gonzalez, MD, Naresh Ahuga, MD, and Deepu Sudhakaran, MD, MBA.