Department of Anesthesiology
Letter from Director
Life at Jeff
Lectures & Conferences
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a major tertiary care referral center in Philadelphia, provides a widely diversified exposure for the anesthesia resident. As a designated Regional Resource Level 1 Trauma Center, we see patients with a wide variety of major injuries. Jefferson is the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley and we receive patients with severe neurological injuries almost daily who require fiberoptic-guided intubation on a routine basis.
We perform the largest volume of total joint procedures in the Delaware Valley. Among our general surgeons are experts in colorectal surgery, biliary tract surgery and hepatic resection. Other areas of special surgical expertise include neurosurgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, plastic surgery and gynecologic oncology.
Close to 700 cardiovascular thoracic surgical procedures are performed here each year. Approximately 20% of surgical procedures are conducted with regional/ nerve block anesthesia. An active surgical team performs both kidney and liver transplants and an advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation program is in place.
For our anesthesiology residents, this surgical diversity provides numerous opportunities to learn regional and general anesthetic techniques, to become proficient in placing and interpreting invasive monitoring devices and to anticipate and treat the wide variety of physiological and pathological consequences of medical and surgical disease and surgical trespass.
The latest addition to our educational program is a full scale mannikin simulator. The simulator resides in a fully staffed Clinical Skills & Simulation Center that serves undergraduate and graduate CME medical programs, as well as nursing and allied medical health programs based on use of simulation technology. Anesthesia related simulations occur in a high fidelity environment including an Apollo anesthesia machine. All residents undergo scheduled training including critical event scenarios, ultrasound central line placement, fiberoptic bronchoscopy and advanced airway skills.