Medical Fellowship Program
The first and only of its kind: a one-year medical fellowship in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. The fellowship is available for residents who have completed residency programs and are board eligible in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or General Surgery.
Fellows rotate through various clinical services during twelve months of training and function as an integral member of the wound care team. During these rotations, fellows are given the opportunity to manage a large number of patients with a variety of wound care related problems. On these specialty rotations, the fellow gains critical insight into the role that each member of a multidisciplinary team brings to the program. Hands-on experience is gained in the operating room, clinical wards, and outpatient clinical settings.
In addition to this specialty experience, there are continuity of care clinics that the wound care fellow runs as the primary physician in charge. This real world practice setting allows the fellow to gain experience in the work up, case management, and follow-up care that is required when running a hospital-based wound program.
The program is funded through research grants, and the Graduate Medical Education department of the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System provides logistical support as well as benefits. The program is working with specialty colleges in order to apply for formal certification in the near future.
Rotation List (Each rotation is either 2 or 4 weeks in duration. Program total is 12 months)
- Wound Care I
- Wound Care II
- Vascular Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Orthotics
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Physical Therapy, Nutrition
- Pain Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine
- Palliative Medicine
- General Surgery and Trauma, Acute Wound Care
- Infectious Disease
- Endocrinology and Rheumatology
Danielle Hill, MD - Current Fellow
The following physicians are the past and current ACWHTR fellows:
- 2004 Wesley Valdez, DO
- 2009 Malgorzata Plummer, MD
- 2011 Igor Altman, DO
- 2014 Devin Frandsen, MD
- 2015 Danielle Hill, MD
- 2018 Jobin John, MD
- 2019 candidate: Anoop Bhatt, MD
Online Education Opportunities
In the absence of enough open fellowship positions across the US, the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair is embarking on a new online option for physicians wishing to gain specialty training in this field. Delivered over the web, this self-study program will provide clinical and didactic experiental learning, mirroring the subjects in the bricks and mortar fellowship currently offered at UIC.
William J. Ennis, DO, MBA, MMM, CPE
President, American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Catherine and Francis Burzik Professor and Chief of the Section of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System