Benefiting the T.I.G.E.R. Fund at Loyola University Medical Center - Department of Neurological Surgery
The T.I.G.E.R. Fund provides funding for the Neurological Surgery Residency Program at Loyola University Medical Center. This fund honors Tarik Ibrahim through enhancing the educational and research opportunities provided to the neurological surgery residents. The impact of the additional resources created with this fund are far reaching, enhancing the training of each resident, as well as the lives of the hundreds of patients these physicians will touch throughout their career.
Tarik Ibrahim Graduate Education and Research Fund Resident Research Day
This fund supports the annual T.I.G.E.R. Fund Resident Research Day where all of the residents give ten minutes lectures on their research. The faculty evaluates the research projects and selects the winner who receives a cash prize for their work. The 2017 T.I.G.E.R Resident Research Award was given to Dan Heiferman, MD for his research on stroke treatments.
These opportunities are only possible with the philanthropic contributions made to the T.I.G.E.R. fund in Tarik's honor. These additional education and research resources enhance the training received by the residents and build upon the lasting impact Tarik has on the department.
Funding from the T.I.G.E.R. Fund can also be used to provide additional education opportunities to supplement the residents' learning. This may include attending conferences, lectures, bringing in speakers or having access to additional educational materials available. The T.I.G.E.R. Fund can also support visiting speakers who are content experts in the field to come and speak to the department. These events offer additional training to new and innovative resources and exposure to how other hospital are handling complex cases. These opportunities enhance the resident's education and encourage them to continue to learn about their field of study.
One of the factors that differentiates Loyola's neurological surgery residency program is that the entire fifth year of residency is dedicated to research. This experience provides the residents exposure to a research environment so they can choose if they want to pursue academic medicine within their career. Each resident begins planning for their fifth year research project one year out to establish their research project and ensure the resources they need are available. The T.I.G.E.R. Fund can support residents in this important work.
Loyola's Neurological Surgery Residency Program
Loyola University Health System’s Department of Neurological Surgery offers a seven-year (PGY 1-7) residency program and is approved to accept one or two positions per year from the National Resident Matching Program. Founded in 1977, the Neurological Surgery Program at Loyola has the singular mission to train physicians to become future leaders in the field. The Neurological Surgery Residency program is overseen by Residency Program Director, Anand Germanwala, MD, FAANS.
The goal of the academic program is to provide an exceptional experience dedicated to advancing patient care, education, and research. The seven- year curriculum spans the breadth of clinical neurosurgery as well as provides the opportunity to pursue basic and translational research with dedicated time. Loyola offers expert faculty within the subspecialties of neurosurgery and outstanding scientists committed to investigative work.
Loyola University Medical Center is a tertiary care referral center for the city of Chicago and the Midwest region where patients with a variety of neurosurgical issues are evaluated and treated. Accordingly, graduating residents are capable of independent practice and successfully obtain coveted attending and/or fellowship positions upon completing their residency at Loyola.
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We thank you for helping us to carry on the legacy of our friend and brother, Dr. Tarik Ibrahim. Dr. Tarik Ibrahim, an accomplished Neurosurgeon, was formerly Chief Neurosurgery Resident at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and completed a six-month training in cerebrovascular and microneurosurgery with the world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Juha Hernesiemi in Helsinki, Finland. One of Tarik's most impressive successes was being a highly published author, publishing 16 journal articles and four book chapters in the U.S. as well as nine additional publications for international readership, with first authorship on several. As the Chairman of the Loyola University Medical Center, Dr. Douglas Anderson, stated..."I immediately started to entice him to be a colleague... as I could think of no better person with whom to build our department, lead the next generation of neurosurgeons...I loved him like a son.”
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