The Educational Program
The Department of Surgery at Abington – Jefferson Health offers a categorical 5-year residency in general surgery and a 1-year preliminary surgical internship. Both programs provide the resident with the clinical experience necessary to develop broad diagnostic, management, and technical skills with an understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, and basic science of surgical disease. Each resident grows professionally by assuming gradually increasing responsibility for patient care, commensurate with ability, experience, and developing confidence.
Both 1-year and 5-year programs begin with "core" training in general surgery and other surgical specialties that provides the resident with a broad understanding of the principles of patient management and fosters the development of basic technical skills and surgical judgment.
The first-year resident operates with staff surgeons (with the goal of doing 100 cases in the intern year) and is given responsibility commensurate with his or her ability. The basic core program prepares residents for further training in general surgery and other specialties, including otolaryngology, gynecology, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, urology, oral surgery, radiology, ophthalmology and orthopedics. Elective time can be tailored to meet the individual resident's long-range goals.
Five residents are accepted into the 5-year program each year. Our residency program is based on the philosophy that the competent general surgeon possesses not only superior operative skills, but also an understanding of the physiology, anatomy, etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and nonoperative management of surgical disorders. To that end, the residency program is organized with a blend of didactic teaching, discussion sessions, preoperative evaluation, operative participation, and postoperative management, including ICU care and outpatient follow-up. Learning is structured so that the resident is first an observer, and then a performer of some of the basic surgical procedures under close supervision. As technical expertise and sound judgment develop, greater independence is encouraged. The program is organized with step-by-step responsibility, accountability, and frequent evaluation and feedback for the trainee.
The first year consists of the core curriculum described above. In the middle clinical years, the resident participates in complex surgical cases, cares for emergency and trauma cases, becomes proficient in gastrointestinal endoscopy and in diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures, and acts as the junior chief on general surgery inpatient services (see rotations). Graduates of the 5-year program are prepared to be skillful practitioners in general surgery, or may proceed to further training in advanced laparoendoscopic, cardiothoracic, pediatric, plastic, vascular, colon and rectal surgery, transplantation, surgical oncology, trauma/critical care, or to other fellowships (see graduates).
If you have questions about the General Surgery Residency Program or about life as a surgical resident at Abington Hospital, please contact any of the following: