Thursday, October 25, 2012

Loyola and Hines VA Hospital Receive Accreditation for Dermatopathology Fellowship

Fellows to Receive Extensive Training in Skin Health

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Pathology and Dermatology Divisions have announced the accreditation of a Dermatopathology Fellowship Program by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The first fellow will begin training on July 1, 2013. Fellows will receive an extensive, specialized education encompassing all aspects of skin diseases. Program directors Madhu Dahiya, MD, and Kelli Hutchens, MD, in close collaboration with the clinical dermatology and general pathology faculty, will oversee the one-year fellowship, which is open to both pathology- and dermatology-trained physicians.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Loyola and Hines’ pathology and dermatology divisions,” Dr. Hutchens said. “This accreditation will make our programs much more competitive allowing us to attract some of the best talent in the country."

Fellows will hone their diagnostic skills serving Loyola’s busy outpatient network of patients as well as patients in the hospital receiving care for infectious diseases, transplants, burns or a variety of other issues that affect VA patients. Fellows also will explore the causes of skin diseases and new treatments for these conditions through collaboration with the skin research program based in Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

“The Loyola and Hines VA program is exceptional in that it provides fellows with a synergistic learning experience between clinical diagnosis and investigative dermatology,” said Dr. Hutchens, who also is an assistant professor of pathology at Loyola.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.