Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Residency

The Department of Surgery provides first-rate training for residents pursuing careers in general surgery or surgical subspecialties. The training program is a five-year program with an optional (strongly encouraged) sixth year conducting research. Our trainees are encouraged to publish and present their work both locally and nationally.

Resident Research Day - Thursday, June 8, 2017

Recordings of the presentations are available online

Program Highlights

  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical College/hospital in the country.
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College is America’s largest private medical College.
  • Clinical Training at Jefferson provides a well-rounded general surgery education with clinical rotations in each of the general surgery subspecialties and significant operating experience in a variety of training environments
  • Boards: For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Nearly all residents seek further specialty training after completion of their residency.
  • Year of Research: Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory (typically basic science) usually between the PGY3 and 4 years and generally work within one of the laboratories within the Department. View Resident Research Day Presentations
  • Thursday Conferences are “protected time” – NO PAGERS.  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures by attending surgeons and residents, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions. Residents are excused from patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities. Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery or by one of the physician extenders on the clinical service.
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory: The Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their basic suturing and knot tying skills, both in open and laparoscopic surgery, as well as practice their endoscopic skills and perform competently advanced laparoscopic skills.
Resident Research Day

On June 8th, the Department hosted Resident Research Day 2017. Eight research year residents presented their work following opening remarks by Director of Surgical Research Jonathan Brody, PhD. In 2017, this group of 8 general surgery residents produced more than 110 publications, presentations, and abstracts.

Allison Aka, MD GUCY2C as a Therapeutic Target in Colorectal Cancer Stem Cells
Andrew Brown, MD Exploring Complications and Quality of Life Following Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
Katerina Dukleska, MD  A Spoonful of Sugar: The Role of IDH1 and Metabolic Reprogramming in Pancreatic Cancer
Brock Hewitt, MD Multi-institutional Evaluation of Adherence to Comprehensive Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism Chemoprophylaxis
Adam Johnson, MD  Implementing ICOUGH: The Messy Science of Quality Improvement
Jessica Latona, MD  The Effect of a Prolyl Hydroxylase Inhibitor on Liver Regeneration after Partial Hepatectomy in Mice
Cinthya Yabar Lowder, MD  Molecular Profiling of Resected Pancreatic Cancer: the Potential for Personalizing Adjuvant Therapy
David Mckeown, MD Drug Discovery in Pancreatic Cancer – The Power of the Pathway Approach

 

Living History

Medical School
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Undergraduate
Bucknell University

Current Residents

Medical School
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Undergraduate
Bucknell University

Welcome

The Department of Surgery provides first-rate training for residents pursuing careers in general surgery or surgical subspecialties. The training program is a five-year program with an optional (strongly encouraged) sixth year conducting research. Our trainees are encouraged to publish and present their work both locally and nationally.

Affiliates

Research is an important mission in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. All Divisions in the Department have viable research laboratories with an interest in advancing translational research projects that directly relate to clinical problems. There is also a diversity of projects that involve both clinical and basic science investigations.

Research

Research is an important mission in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. All Divisions in the Department have viable research laboratories with an interest in advancing translational research projects that directly relate to clinical problems. There is also a diversity of projects that involve both clinical and basic science investigations.

Graduates

For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Nearly all program graduates seek specialty training after completion of their residency. The table below lists where our residents have gone on to train and practice immediately following graduation:

Rotations

PGY 1 year starts June 20th and ends June 19th of the following year. PGY 2 through 5 start July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year

Letter From Chair

Letter from Chair

Overview

At Jefferson, a defined two-year curriculum is in place to ensure that all topics are covered on a regular basis. During the course of residency training, residents are exposed to topics multiple times and at different levels, thus deepening their  understanding and appreciation of the material. 

The Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) sponsored textbook, The Physiologic Basis of Surgery, edited by J. Patrick O’Leary, is the recommended basic science text. 

John L. Cameron's Current Surgical Therapy is the recommended clinical text. A copy of the text is supplied to each resident and is also available online as are a host of other clinical resources through the University library.

Scopus Results
  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical school/hospital in the country.
  • Jefferson Medical College is America’s largest private medical school.
  • Thursday Conferences (“protected time” – NO PAGERS)  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions. Residents are excused from all patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities. Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery.
  • Boards- For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Of residents who complete Jefferson's surgical program, about 20 percent remain in general surgery and 80 percent seek further specialty training. View Chart
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory- our Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their suturing and knot tying skills as well as to competently perform more advanced laparoscopic skills.
  • Year of Research
    Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory and usually work within one of the laboratories in the Department.

Highlights
  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical school/hospital in the country.
  • Jefferson Medical College is America’s largest private medical school.
  • Thursday Conferences (“protected time” – NO PAGERS)  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions. Residents are excused from all patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities. Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery.
  • Boards- For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Of residents who complete Jefferson's surgical program, about 20 percent remain in general surgery and 80 percent seek further specialty training. View Chart
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory- our Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their suturing and knot tying skills as well as to competently perform more advanced laparoscopic skills.
  • Year of Research
    Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory and usually work within one of the laboratories in the Department.

Facts & Figures
  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical school/hospital in the country.
  • Jefferson Medical College is America’s largest private medical school.
  • Thursday Conferences (“protected time” – NO PAGERS)  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions.  An anatomist from Jefferson Medical College provides basic anatomical lectures and oversees laboratory time.  Residents are excused from all patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities.  Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery.
  • Boards- For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Of residents who complete Jefferson's surgical program, about 20 percent remain in general surgery and 80 percent seek further specialty training. View Chart
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory- our Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their suturing and knot tying skills as well as to competently perform more advanced laparoscopic skills.
  • Year of Research
    Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory and usually work within one of the laboratories in the Department.
  • Lifelong friendships have been formed during surgical residency here at Jefferson. The camaraderie within our program is unsurpassed.
Resident Research Day

On June 8th, the Department hosted Resident Research Day 2017. Eight research year residents presented their work following opening remarks by Director of Surgical Research Jonathan Brody, PhD. In 2017, this group of 8 general surgery residents produced more than 110 publications, presentations, and abstracts.

Allison Aka, MD GUCY2C as a Therapeutic Target in Colorectal Cancer Stem Cells
Andrew Brown, MD Exploring Complications and Quality of Life Following Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
Katerina Dukleska, MD  A Spoonful of Sugar: The Role of IDH1 and Metabolic Reprogramming in Pancreatic Cancer
Brock Hewitt, MD Multi-institutional Evaluation of Adherence to Comprehensive Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism Chemoprophylaxis
Adam Johnson, MD  Implementing ICOUGH: The Messy Science of Quality Improvement
Jessica Latona, MD  The Effect of a Prolyl Hydroxylase Inhibitor on Liver Regeneration after Partial Hepatectomy in Mice
Cinthya Yabar Lowder, MD  Molecular Profiling of Resected Pancreatic Cancer: the Potential for Personalizing Adjuvant Therapy
David Mckeown, MD Drug Discovery in Pancreatic Cancer – The Power of the Pathway Approach

 

Living History

Medical School
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Undergraduate
Bucknell University

Current Residents

Medical School
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Undergraduate
Bucknell University

Welcome

The Department of Surgery provides first-rate training for residents pursuing careers in general surgery or surgical subspecialties. The training program is a five-year program with an optional (strongly encouraged) sixth year conducting research. Our trainees are encouraged to publish and present their work both locally and nationally.

Affiliates

Research is an important mission in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. All Divisions in the Department have viable research laboratories with an interest in advancing translational research projects that directly relate to clinical problems. There is also a diversity of projects that involve both clinical and basic science investigations.

Research

Research is an important mission in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. All Divisions in the Department have viable research laboratories with an interest in advancing translational research projects that directly relate to clinical problems. There is also a diversity of projects that involve both clinical and basic science investigations.

Graduates

For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Nearly all program graduates seek specialty training after completion of their residency. The table below lists where our residents have gone on to train and practice immediately following graduation:

Rotations

PGY 1 year starts June 20th and ends June 19th of the following year. PGY 2 through 5 start July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year

Letter From Chair

Letter from Chair

Overview

At Jefferson, a defined two-year curriculum is in place to ensure that all topics are covered on a regular basis. During the course of residency training, residents are exposed to topics multiple times and at different levels, thus deepening their  understanding and appreciation of the material. 

The Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) sponsored textbook, The Physiologic Basis of Surgery, edited by J. Patrick O’Leary, is the recommended basic science text. 

John L. Cameron's Current Surgical Therapy is the recommended clinical text. A copy of the text is supplied to each resident and is also available online as are a host of other clinical resources through the University library.

Scopus Results
  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical school/hospital in the country.
  • Jefferson Medical College is America’s largest private medical school.
  • Thursday Conferences (“protected time” – NO PAGERS)  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions. Residents are excused from all patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities. Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery.
  • Boards- For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Of residents who complete Jefferson's surgical program, about 20 percent remain in general surgery and 80 percent seek further specialty training. View Chart
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory- our Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their suturing and knot tying skills as well as to competently perform more advanced laparoscopic skills.
  • Year of Research
    Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory and usually work within one of the laboratories in the Department.

Highlights
  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical school/hospital in the country.
  • Jefferson Medical College is America’s largest private medical school.
  • Thursday Conferences (“protected time” – NO PAGERS)  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions. Residents are excused from all patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities. Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery.
  • Boards- For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Of residents who complete Jefferson's surgical program, about 20 percent remain in general surgery and 80 percent seek further specialty training. View Chart
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory- our Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their suturing and knot tying skills as well as to competently perform more advanced laparoscopic skills.
  • Year of Research
    Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory and usually work within one of the laboratories in the Department.

Facts & Figures
  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical school/hospital in the country.
  • Jefferson Medical College is America’s largest private medical school.
  • Thursday Conferences (“protected time” – NO PAGERS)  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions.  An anatomist from Jefferson Medical College provides basic anatomical lectures and oversees laboratory time.  Residents are excused from all patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities.  Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery.
  • Boards- For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Of residents who complete Jefferson's surgical program, about 20 percent remain in general surgery and 80 percent seek further specialty training. View Chart
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory- our Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their suturing and knot tying skills as well as to competently perform more advanced laparoscopic skills.
  • Year of Research
    Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory and usually work within one of the laboratories in the Department.
  • Lifelong friendships have been formed during surgical residency here at Jefferson. The camaraderie within our program is unsurpassed.

In the Spotlight

Our take on the New Yorker Magazine Cover Challenge highlights the increasing number of females entering the field of surgery. 

New Yorker Magazine Cover Challenge

In 1961, Dr. Angela A. Ramirez-Irizarry was accepted as the hospital’s first female resident in General Surgery. 

Now 80 years old, Dr. Ramirez still practices. She believes that as long as a surgeon has her mind and health, there’s no reason to quit. 

Read Reflections from Jefferson’s First Female Surgical Resident 

Dr. Angela A. Ramirez-Irizarry

2016 graduate Melanie Sion, MD, was featured in US News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Colleges" before beginning her residency training at Jefferson. Read the article

She has already traveled the world to put her medical education to work. While at Jefferson, Dr. Sion spent a year in Malawi. View her presentation

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