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Jefferson's 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


Drs. Adam Strickland, Danica Giugliano, Adam Johnson, Sami Tannouri, Deepika Koganti, Talar Tatarian, and Caitlyn Costanzo (not pictured) will be presenting.


7am, June 2, 2016

Foerderer Auditorium
College Building
1025 Walnut Street

All are welcome to attend.

View last year's talks

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.

In the Spotlight

Chief Resident 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


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

Charles J. Yeo, MD

Charles J. Yeo, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
Samuel D. Gross Professor

Karen Chojnacki, MD

Karen Chojnacki, MD
Program Director


Francesco Palazzo, MD
Associate Program Director


Joshua Marks, MD
Assistant Program Director


Donna Guinto, CTAGME
Program Coordinator

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