Gibbon Surgical Review


Clinical, basic science, and quality improvement research is becoming increasingly integrated into general surgery residency programs, providing aspiring surgeons with an avenue to engage with academia and improve patient care early on in their careers. For example, as an essential part of their training, general surgery residents at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) complete one to two years of research, usually between their PGY3 and PGY4 years. The goal of this protected research time is for residents to gain hands-on surgical research skills and work on translational research projects that correlate with clinical cases, while also becoming more competitive for fellowship program applications. During their research years, residents attend bi-weekly seminars that feature research-in-progress presentations by their peers, as well as lectures on refining study design, statistical analysis, or grant-writing skills. To establish their academic careers, residents are encouraged to submit conference abstracts, publications, and grant applications, and to collaborate with other researchers at TJUH or at outside institutions. Every spring, the Division of Surgical Research, led by Dr. Jonathan Brody, hosts a Resident Research Day where residents present the culmination of their scholarly activity prior to returning to the hospital as fourth years. The research year at TJUH allows residents to use their clinical knowledge and experiences to further the greater medical community’s understanding of surgical procedures and stimulate innovation in the field.