Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Letter from the Chairman, Department of Urology & Urology Residency Program Director

Dr. Gomella

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to provide an overview of the Urology Residency Program at Thomas Jefferson University. The Urology Residency training program has been a six year program but starting with the intern class of 2019, we will be transitioning to a five year program. Our program provides a well-balanced inpatient and outpatient experience in all major disciplines of adult and pediatric Urology. Three residents are accepted each year through the AUA Match Program. The AUA Residency Match is one of the early match programs. Upon completion of the program, the individual is equally well prepared to enter private practice, academic practice, or to seek competitive fellowship training.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, formerly Jefferson Medical College, was founded in 1824 and has more living physician graduates than any other private medical school in the country. The Department of Urology was founded in 1904 as the Department of Genitourinary Diseases at Thomas Jefferson University, making us one of the oldest Departments, if not the oldest in the United States. While many physicians were traditionally trained in “Genitourinary Surgery” in the early 1900's, the Urology residency was formally established at Jefferson in 1946 by Dr. D.M. Davis, one of the well-known figures in modern urology. Around that time, the Department was formally renamed the Department of Urology. Almost 150 physicians have completed formal Urology residency or fellowship training since that time. In 2004 we celebrated our centennial year with a variety of special events including the dedication of the “Leonard Frank Jefferson Urology Museum” that features many historic items of urologic interest.

We are proud of the urology residency training program at Jefferson. Under our newly redesigned residency program starting in July 2019, trainees spend six months in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital that includes exposure to all surgical disciplines including transplantation. The urology residency combines exposure to a variety of practice settings: an academic medical center (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital), a community hospital (Bryn Mawr Hospital), and the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to a comprehensive conference and grand rounds schedule, the program also incorporates the opportunity for resident participation in scholarly activities including ongoing involvement with translational research and clinical trials. Departmental resources are designed to enhance the learning of our house-staff while providing state of the art care for our patients.

Our Jefferson full-time academic faculty includes 15 clinicians, and 2 educationally-focused faculty members. Our affiliate faculty at our outside institutions such as the Pediatric Urology Division at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and our community affiliate located in Bryn Mawr enhance our overall teaching activities. Our pediatric staff includes five full-time attending physicians who practice at both A.I. duPont Hospital for Children and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Additional affiliated faculty maintains practices at Bryn Mawr Hospital providing experience at a first class community hospital.

Our Department features nationally and internationally recognized faculty in all major disciplines including endourology, laparoscopy, urologic oncology, neurourology, female urology, andrology, and pediatric urology. Basic science efforts include focused research programs in urologic oncology in collaboration with our NCI designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. US News & World Report named Jefferson University Hospital among America's Best Hospital's for urologic care and has been recognized as one of the leading centers for prostate cancer care by Men’s Health magazine. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a 927 bed acute care facility with 180 sub-acute and long term care beds. There are over 40,000 admissions a year and almost 500,000 outpatient visits annually, providing a significant experience for all Jefferson training programs. We are part of the much larger Jefferson Health system that is the largest Health Care provider in the region with a total of 14 Hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that provide a rich referral network for our urologic care.

Clinical resources include minimally invasive surgical suites for laparoscopic and robotic interventions with dual console robotic systems available to enhance resident training, dedicated endourology suites with full standard and digital imaging capabilities, a full complement of various lasers, cryotherapy units and dedicated outpatient video urodynamics facilities. Additional resources include the Urologic Diagnostic Center and the Genitourinary Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic of our NCI-designated Kimmel Cancer Center and the latest technologies in the minimally invasive management of BPH. Residents and students fully participate in all of these areas of clinical care during training. We have a fully integrated EPIC electronic medical record for both inpatient and outpatient coordination of care. Jefferson has been a leader in the implementation of telemedicine.

The Philadelphia region provides a wealth of professional and recreational opportunities. Our city's heritage includes significant contributions to both American and medical history. We thank you for your interest in our Urology Residency Program. Please explore our web site further for additional details on our program.

Leonard G. Gomella, MD, FACS
The Bernard W. Godwin, Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer 
Chairman, Department of Urology 
Senior Director for Clinical Affairs, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University

Patrick J. Shenot, MD, FACS
Deputy Chairman, Department of Urology
Residency Program Director
Thomas Jefferson University