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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Gerald Isenberg, MD
Address: 
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
1100 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
TJUH Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States
Phone: 
(215) 955-6879
Fax: 
(215) 955-2878

Number of Residents per Year: 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS certified): 3

University Affiliation(s): Thomas Jefferson University/Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Salary/Year: $70,196

Case Mix/Number of Cases: There are over 300 abdominal colon cases per year, over 150 anorectal cases and over 500 colonoscopic cases. The full spectrum of colon and rectal disease is represented, with emphasis on problems appropriate for a tertiary care center. At least half of our cases are performed laparoscopically. Endorectal ultrasound training occurs during courses and with our radiologists. The resident will meet all requirements for the ABCRS and ACGME. He/she will perform > 300 colonoscopies, > 200 anorectal procedures and > 200 abdominal procedures including robotic procedures.   

Strengths of Program: Jefferson has a strong primary care tradition, which serves as a referral base for common colorectal problems, from within the institution and the surrounding environment. At the same time, Jefferson is one of the leading tertiary care centers in the valley, allowing the opportunity to care for complex surgical problems, as well. The hospital has state of the art facilities and a complete range of consultative services. Since there is only one colorectal resident, there is ample exposure to teaching from the faculty.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The outpatient offices are adjacent to the hospital. Office evaluation and management of patients are integral to the program, with opportunities to participate in office hours with each of the attending surgeons.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: Two general surgery residents (PGY 1 and 3) are assigned to the Colon and Rectal Surgery Service, along with third and fourth year medical students.

Conferences: Weekly conferences include Surgical Morbidity and Mortality and Cancer Management Conference (a multidisciplinary conference). There is a weekly fellows conference to review the required objectives for the year. Monthly conferences include Gastrointestinal Disease Conference (multidisciplinary); Tumor Board; Colon and Rectal Journal Club; and a weekly GI surgery conference. Visiting Professors and Surgical Grand Rounds occur monthly except in the summer months.

Anorectal Physiology: Seven-channel perfused manometry, biofeedback and pudendal nerve stimulation are performed at Jefferson. Defecography is performed in the radiology department. The resident will have the opportunity to become familiar with all modalities.

Outside Rotations: Not Available.

Research Year: Available at the discretion of the Division Director.

Requirement for Paper: It is expected that the resident will become involved in ongoing projects or initiate a project of personal interest. One paper, abstract or poster is required. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The resident will attend the national ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting, as well as the Minnesota review course in the fall.