Welcome to the surgery residency program at Drexel University College of Medicine. There are so many exciting things that I can tell you about our program that it is hard to know where to begin. I have to disclose that I may be biased because I graduated from this program, but that also gives me the confidence to tell you that we will train you to be an excellent surgeon. Our program has a long tradition of training the finest surgeons in the Philadelphia area. Our history goes back to the 1800s. It began as two separated schools: the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, the first medical school for women in the country, and Hahnemann University, founded in 1848 and 1850 respectively. In 2001 we became Drexel University College of Medicine, but we have not forgotten our tradition.
We are an academic center where education is the priority. Here you will interact with teaching faculty, residents and medical students. Drexel also hosts other programs, such as nursing, physician assistants and public health students.
The Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine encompasses the Divisions of General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care, Colorectal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Transplantation. Residents also gain experience through rotations with the Departments of Cardiothoracic and Orthopedic Surgery, as well as learning from experts in plastic surgery and urology. Capitalizing on our relationship with Drexel University, the program now offers the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in biomedical technology.
A broad clinical training is provided by rotations through two main teaching hospitals, Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital; two community hospitals, Aria Health–Torresdale and St. Mary's Medical Center; as well as through St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a pediatric specialty hospital. Experience in burn management is provided by rotation through the burn unit at Crozer Chester Medical Center.
When people ask me what the strengths of the program are, it is very easy for me to answer: The commitment of the faculty to surgical education, the collegiality and camaraderie between the faculty and residents, the opportunities to do innovative translational research, and the City of Brotherly Love.
I hope to have the opportunity to personally show you what we have to offer.
Andres Castellanos, MD
Surgery Residency Program
Drexel University College of Medicine
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