Established in 1825, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is located in Philadelphia, PA, and currently has 957 licensed acute care beds, with major programs in a wide range of clinical specialties. The university hospital is well known for a number of programs including orthopaedics, heart disease, cancer, and liver transplants among others. It is one of the few hospitals in the United States that is recognized as both a Regional Level 1 Trauma Center and as a federally-recognized regional Spinal Cord Injury Center.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Formerly a division of Thomas Jefferson University, the hospital was separated from the University to become a founding member of the Jefferson Health System in 1995. The hospital expanded its services to the community with the merger of Methodist Hospital as a division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in 1996.
As an academic medical center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals believe in the importance of an excellent clinical setting for our patients and as a foundation for the learning experience of Jefferson students and residents. It is within these various clinical settings that scientists, residents, attending physicians, medical students, nursing and allied health students, and technologists learn their profession and how to work together as a team to help define the future of clinical care.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the core hospital of the Jefferson orthopaedic residency. A majority of PGY-2 and PGY-3 years are spent on a number of rotations affiliated with the hospital. Residents spend their entire PGY-5 year rotating as chiefs on the primary inpatient services. The orthopaedic experience at Jefferson is comprised of the physicians of the Rothman Institute and the Philadelphia Hand Center.
Bryn Mawr Hospital
First established in 1893 by Dr. George S. Gerhard, Bryn Mawr Hospital is a teaching hospital with a long history of providing excellent care to the community. Bryn Mawr is a member of the Jefferson Health System and serves as a major teaching affiliate of the Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. The orthopaedic surgeons at Bryn Mawr Hospital specialize in joint replacement, sports medicine, foot and ankle, as well as general orthopaedics. In addition, the hand surgery division utilizes the latest techniques in treating all aspects of hand and wrist problems.
Residents spend six weeks as a PGY-1, two months as a PGY-2 and four months as a PGY-4 at the Bryn Mawr Hospital. The high volume and diversity of patients treated at this institution enable residents to gain valuable experience in the treatment of a wide variety of orthopaedic pathology. A fixed daily conference schedule emphasizes both didactic teaching from attending physicians and resident participation.
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, located in Wilmington, Delaware is operated by the Nemours Foundation. Founded in 1940, the hospital has 128 beds dedicated to the care of children from birth through the age of 17 regardless of economic status. The A.I. duPont hospital for Children is a fully-accredited, non profit teaching facility that serves at the pediatric hospital for Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to its internationally renowned clinical and teaching programs, the hospital supports a large and diverse research department consisting of 20 programs and dozens of ongoing studies.
Thomas Jefferson University orthopaedic residents spend a total of six months at A.I. duPont during their PGY-3 year. Residents work closely with the attending staff to develop a firm understanding of the basics of orthopaedic care. Resident responsibilities include operating skills, and participating in clinics. Residents actively participate in a daily conference schedule and are expected to produce one research project and one grand round presentation during their rotation.
Riddle Memorial Hospital
Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor and Chair,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
James J. Purtill, MD
Residency Program Director
1025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).