Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

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

Mark Berguson, MD

Mark Berguson, MD
Chief Resident, 2018-2019
 

Elise Strickler, DO

Elise Strickler, DO
Chief Resident, 2018-2019

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). 

Some of our residents and faculty choose to bring their clinical expertise abroad by volunteering to participate on mission trips. Most recently Operation Smile Honduras and Operation Smile Madagascar.

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. Our residents are drawn from medical schools around the country and around the world.

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. Many of our residents choose to continue training after residency with a Fellowship in a subspecialty area, others choose to work as general anesthesiologists in academic, private practice, or military settings.

Congratulations to Jefferson Class of 2018

Ricard Barnhart, DO Regional Anesthesiology
John Hopkins University
Michael Block, MD Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
University of Southern California
Mark Dobish, MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Children's National Medical Center
Laura Gershon, MD
Obstetrical Anesthesiology
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Alexander Grant, MD
Regional Anesthesiology
Thomas Jefferson University
Bi Mo, MD Chronic Pain Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Jeffrey Mojica, DO
Regional Anesthesiology
Thomas Jefferson University
Levi Ocken, MD
Private Practice
Abraham Oommen, MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Ashwin Rangavaijula, MD
Interventional Pain Medicine
Emory  University
Mohammad Rasouli, MD
Critical Care Medicine
Duke Univeristy
Aaron Relic, DO
Private Practice
Adam Setran, MD
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Cooper University
Gokul Thimmarayan, MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Cleveland Clinic
Dr. James W. Heitz

James W. Heitz, MD
Vice-Chairman for Education
Program Director

Jane R. Maugeri C-TAGME

Jane R. Maugeri, C-TAGME
Education Program Coordinator
111 South 11th Street
Suite 8290 Gibbon
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-3843
(215) 955-0677 fax

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

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