Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship
Policies & Procedures

Resident Selections

As a requirement for application, all candidates applying to the as above Program must meet all ABMS Specialty Board-related eligibility prerequisites required to enter training in the related specialty program at Jefferson.

Further, all candidates must satisfy the requirements of the State of Pennsylvania Board of Medical Licensure for appointment at the specific level of training for which the position is offered.

In addition, applicants must meet one of the CR residency qualifications to be eligible to apply for the Residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery.

  1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the LCME;
  2. Graduates of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the AOA;
  3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who meet one of the following qualifications:
    1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the ECFMG; or
    2. Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
  4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

Applicants must also have completed a residency in general surgery at an ACGME-approved residency in the United States; candidates with appropriate credentials from the Royal College of Physicians and Canada can also be considered. Resident applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation, honesty, and integrity. The program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

All prerequisite prior training must be successfully completed prior to beginning a fellowship in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

All applications are initially reviewed by the Residency Director (Dr. Gerald Isenberg). The decision to offer an interview to an applicant is made by the Residency Director, based upon the following criteria: academic credentials, ability, aptitude, communication skills, three letters of recommendation, and personal qualities such as motivation, honesty, and integrity.

All interviews are conducted in person. Interviews are conducted on weekdays during the time period prescribed by the NRMP. All applicants are interviewed by at least two faculty, and preferably the entire division. The interviewing committee consists of all faculty in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

After the interview process, the match list is constructed in the following manner:

The faculty arranges 1-2 meetings during which all candidates are evaluated and a rank order list is reached by consensus (based upon the same criteria used to select applicants for interview).

All offers of employment at TJUH are contingent upon approval of the GMEC, licensure, and satisfactory completion of training in an ACGME-approved program, or where applicable, an AOA-approved program. Fellows entering their first year of training must have passed USMLE Steps I, II, and III in order to qualify for appointment.

* All policies and procedures for Fellow Selection, Evaluation, Promotion, and Dismissal are in compliance with both ACGME requirements and with the institutional policies and procedures of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Gerald Isenberg, MD
Program Director


John Davis
Program Coordinator

Division of
Colorectal Surgery

1015 Walnut Street
Curtis Building
Suite 620
Philadelphia, PA  19107

(215) 955-5750

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