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Residency Overview

Welcome Message from our Chief Residents

On behalf of the entire Department of Anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, we would like to welcome you! Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope to convey to you what attracted us to Jefferson, and why we feel this is an outstanding place to train.

Like many before us, we firmly believe that after leaving this residency program we will have the skills and confidence necessary to provide excellent care in any situation. As a tertiary care center, we are exposed to a large variety of cases often involving medically complex patients. During the clinical anesthesia years, residents receive training in all anesthetic subspecialties. We are fortunate enough to have a high volume regional anesthesia experience, a free standing pediatrics hospital, a dedicated neuroscience facility, and a chronic pain practice among other busy services.

Our faculty’s expertise is reflected in their ongoing contribution to research, scholarly projects, and resident education. Residents are encouraged to contribute to scientific literature, and our department is always well represented at national conferences. The didactics program at Jefferson is designed to first build upon the basics of anesthetic knowledge and then further expand into cutting edge practices in the field. Topics are covered on a monthly basis with lectures dedicated to different training levels. Case conferences, journal clubs, mock oral boards, and simulation sessions prepare us well for BASIC, ADVANCED, and OSCE examinations. Our exceptional training results in competitive fellowship placement and post-graduate job procurement.

When we aren't in the hospital we have a lot of fun as a residency! We frequently have get-togethers outside of work including BBQs, happy hours, and an annual golf outing. We come together as a program to celebrate completion of the In Training Exam annually, and we have specific days dedicated to residency class outings. Being in the heart of Center City Philadelphia makes coordinating out of work activities easy!

Thank you for considering Jefferson! Please do not hesitate to contact us at jeffchiefs@jefferson.edu

Jillian Dashiell, MD

Alexander E. Grant, MD
Chief Resident, 2017-2018
  

Yousef Hamdeh, MD

Aaron H. Relic, DO
Chief Resident, 2017-2018

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 performs 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 our 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 society meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), and the American Society for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). (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.

Current Resident Demographics

Our residents are a diverse group of talented individuals.  Although our selection process examines candidates individually in many areas of academic and nonacademic achievement, overall our residency classes have USLME and/or COMLEX scores above the national average for the specialty. While many of our current residents also completed their undergraduate medical training in Philadelphia, our residents are drawn from medical schools around the country and around the world.


Medical School

Local

Drexel University School of Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University
Temple University School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

National

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine of Marshall University
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Oklahoma State University College Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

International

Medizinische Hochschule/Hannover Medical School (Germany)
St. George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada)
Stanley Medical College (India)
Tehran University of Medical Science (Iran)
Sackler School of Medicine (Israel)

Graduating Resident Demographics
We are proud to produce physician anesthesiologists of the highest clinical caliber who are prepared to tackle the next professional challenge regardless of what their ambitions may be. About half choose to continue training after residency with a Fellowship in a subspecialty area, while the other half choose to work as general anesthesiologists in academic, private practice, or military settings. 

2012-2015 Graduates Fellowship Academic Generalists Private Practice Military Service
59 (100%) 30 (51%) 5 (8%) 22 (37%) 2 (3%)

Most Popular Fellowships Among Our Recent Graduates
2012 - 2015

Fellowship (n = 31)* Number (%)
Chronic Pain Medicine 10 (32%)
Cardiovascular Anesthesiology 8 (26%)
Pediatric Anesthesiology 7 (23%)
Regional Anesthesia / Acute Pain 4 (13%)
Critical Care Medicine 1 (3%)
*1 individual completing two fellowships

Most Popular Institutions for Fellowship Training Among our Recent Graduates
2012 - 2015

Institution Number (%)
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 14 (45%)
Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
(Jefferson-sponsored Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship)
4 (13%)
Other Institutions 12 (39%)
Year Graduates Post-Residency (n) Location
2012 15 Fellowship (5) Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson University
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic
Chronic Pain Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Chronic Pain Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Regional Anesthesia/Acute Pain, Thomas Jefferson University
Academic Practice (3) Drexel University/Hahnemann Hospital
Temple University
The Johns Hopkins University
Private Practice (6)
Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania (3), Texas
Military Service (1) USN, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
2013 15 Fellowship (5) Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, University of Pennsylvania
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson University
Chronic Pain Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Pediatric Anesthesiology, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital
Regional Anesthesia/Acute Pain, Thomas Jefferson University
Academic Practice (1)
University of Massachusetts Medical College
Private Practice (8) California (2), Connecticut, Georgia, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2)
Military Service (1) USAF, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
2014 13 Fellowship (8) Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson University
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, New York University
Chronic Pain Medicine, University of California, Davis
Chronic Pain Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Pediatric Anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Pediatric Anesthesiology, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital
Pediatric Anesthesiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Regional Anesthesia/Acute Pain, Thomas Jefferson University
Academic Practice (1) Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Private Practice (4) Florida, Pennsylvania (3)
2015 16 Fellowship (12) Cardiothoracic/Critical Care (2 year) – University of Pennsylvania
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson University
Chronic Pain Medicine, UCLA
Chronic Pain Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University (3)
Chronic Pain Medicine, University of Virginia
Chronic Pain, Rush University, Chicago
Pediatric Anesthesiology, University of Chicago
Pediatric Anesthesiology, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital (2)
Regional Anesthesia/Acute Pain, Thomas Jefferson University
Private Practice (4) California, Delaware (2), New Jersey
2016   Fellowships beginning
July 2016
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Cornell Medical Center
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Tufts University
Critical Care Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Regional Anesthesia, The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. James W. Heitz

James W. Heitz, MD
Vice-Chairman for Education
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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