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Residency Overview

Residency Overview

Message from the Chief Residents

Jefferson is a wonderful place to train. Due to our training, we feel extremely competent in our skills, knowledge, and ability to manage complex patients. This confidence prepares us well for competitive fellowships; many of our residents have decided to pursue fellowships and have matched at prestigious programs across the country (see below). Admittedly, life as a resident anywhere can be stressful and our normal workday goes from 6:30am to 5pm with much variation. However, Jefferson is cognizant of its residents’ mental health and quality of life so provides first year residents with the opportunity to discuss issues that come up at work through stress management conferences throughout the year. Aside from these structured sessions, Jefferson’s community is also a great asset in making residency less stressful. There is a great sense of camaraderie amongst residents and we often help each other out with pre-ops consults and difficult cases. Overall, we have been very pleased with our training at Jefferson and welcome you to email with any questions.

Anna Irwin and Madeel Abdullah, Chief residents 2014  

Clinical Training at Jefferson

Jefferson residency training is well-rounded due to the wide variety of cases performed at Jefferson University Hospital and affiliated institutions. The ENT, Orthopedics, and Neurosurgery departments at Jefferson perform some of the largest volume of cases in our region, which makes for lots of opportunities for regional and other anesthesia modalities. Additionally, residents rotate at the adjacent Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience (JHN). JHN is a free-standing neurology and neurosurgery hospital that perform a large number of craniotomies, aneurysm clippings and coilings, as well as intra-arterial chemotherapy for children with ocular tumors. 

Residency Education

At Jefferson, your education is a priority. Residents get dedicated time for education due to Jefferson’s large CRNA program.  We have one of the most comprehensive didactic programs, with lectures on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and a board review session on Friday morning. In addition, we have several mock oral board sessions throughout the year. Our residents publish and present at national anesthesiology meetings including ASA, SOAP, and PSA. (See our presentation at the most recent ASA national meeting.)

Some of our residents and faculty choose to bring their clinical expertise abroad by volunteering in mission trips. Click here for a list of recent trips.

Another highlight of working at Jefferson is our location. We are situated in one of the most vibrant parts of downtown Philadelphia, blocks away from the Liberty Bell and many national historic sites. Many residents and faculty live within walking distance of Jefferson, which allow us to have weekly gatherings and enjoy some of the top-notch restaurants in the area.  

It is an exciting time to train at Thomas Jefferson University; we have recently been named one of the nation's best hospitals by US News report. Our anesthesiology residents receive some of the best clinical training and didactic education and we hope that you will visit us to see for yourselves. 

Medical Student Rotation

As medical students rotating with us, you will be assigned to work with one resident each week.  During that week you will pre-op patients, work on technical skills, and learn the fundamentals of anesthesiology.  We will also provide a reading packet covering most of the basic anesthesia knowledge. Technical skills, such as IV placement, mask ventilation, and intubation will also be taught each month during a session in a state-of-the-art simulation lab. For third year medical students, there will also be a short exam to complete the rotation. 


Where do our residents go?

Class of 2014

NYU- cardiac anesthesia fellowship
Thomas Jefferson- cardiac anesthesia fellowship
UC Davis- pain management fellowship
Thomas Jefferson- pain management fellowship
Thomas Jefferson- regional anesthesia fellowship
DuPont- pediatric anesthesia fellowship
CHOP-pediatric anesthesia fellowship
Cincinnati Children's- pediatric anesthesia fellowship
Fox Chase Hospital-general anesthesia practice
Roxborough- general anesthesia practice
Thomas Jefferson- general anesthesia practice


Dr. McNulty

Stephen McNulty, DO
Vice-Chairman for Education

Dr. Heitz

James W. Heitz, MD
Program Director

Mr. Schley

Curtis T. Schley
Program Coordinator
111 S. 11th Street
Suite 8290 Gibbon
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-2370
(215) 955-0677 fax

We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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