Thomas Jefferson University


The Department of Surgery provides exceptional training for residents pursuing careers in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Residents will become accomplished surgeons prepared for a successful career. Residents will spend 6 to 7 years training with us at Jefferson, 5 clinical years and 1 or 2 research years. 


Program Highlights

  • Clinical Training:  residents will gain experience in all aspects of general surgery and its subspecialties. Residents graduate with approximately 1200 cases in their case logs. They will be comfortable operating in all of the ACGME defined categories from Skin and Soft Tissue to Thoracic Surgery and Abdominal Wall to Colon and Rectal Surgery and everything in between. After 5 clinical years of training at Jefferson, residents will be prepared to enter practice or to further develop their skills in the most competitive fellowships.
  • Research Training: Every resident will complete at least one dedicated research year, typically between the PGY3 and PGY4 years of training. Two residents from each class will participate in two research years. Funding for the research years is provided by the program.  Residents may spend their research year(s) in a Basic Science lab, immersed in Quality and Safety projects, focusing on Clinical Outcomes, and/or obtaining an advanced degree from our School of Public Health. Residents are encouraged and expected to present and publish their work on local and national platforms.
  • Didactic Schedule: The Departmental Education curriculum occurs every Thursday morning. This is protected time for the residents. They have no clinical responsibilities during conference from 7AM to 11AM on Thursday mornings. Services are covered by physician extenders during this time. The learning schedule always begins with Morbidity and Mortality Conference followed by Grand Rounds. The final 2 hours of conference time are filled with case presentations, mock board preparation, ABSITE review, journal club, or skills training.
  • Simulation Training:  The Surgical Skills Lab provides resident with the resources to enhance their basic and advanced operative and endoscopy skills. In this lab, residents have the opportunity and resources to practice suturing and knot tying (open and laparoscopic), bowel and vascular anastomoses, simulated surgery and upper/lower endoscopy, bedside procedures, and endovascular techniques. There is also a daVinci surgeon console available to learn and practice robotic skills. The Skills Lab is open and available to the residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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 Dr. Sion's Presentation>

Correcting Through Medicine
Charles J. Yeo, MD

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

Karen Chojnacki, MD

Karen Chojnacki, MD
Program Director


Joshua Marks, MD
Associate Program Director


Adam Bodzin, MD
Associate Program Director


Donna Guinto, CTAGME
Program Administrator


John Davis
Program Coordinator

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

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