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Representing one of the largest medical specialties, the Department of Surgery is heavily involved in student education.

Each clinical division, encompassing the entire spectrum of surgical care, offers electives, teaching and research.

The Division of Surgical Education has goals including development and implementation of innovative, state-of-the-art educational methodologies, enhancement of educational research and establishment of Fellowships in Surgical Education for faculty and residents. The division is participating in many national educational activities, such as the Computer-Based Examination of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) have been used to test the clinical skills of students and residents. The division participated in a multi-institutional project for development of a model for teaching in an ambulatory environment. Newer trends in medical education as well as innovative methods of teaching and evaluation are routinely used in the education of students. These methods include computer-based simulations to teach problem-solving, use of standardized patients, problem-based learning, small-group teaching, and a program in surgical decision-making.

In the Media

February 23, 2021: John Clarke, MD, an emeritus professor in the Department of Surgery, was quoted in a TODAY story about why distinguishing between left and right is a common problem.

January 21, 2021: David J. Reich, MD, chief of the Division of Multiorgan Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery, and professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, was profiled in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about three former Hahnemann University Hospital staff members and where their careers have taken them since the hospital’s closing.

July 12, 2020: John Clarke, MD*, emeritus professor in the Department of Surgery, wrote a perspective piece in the Washington Post about the importance of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

June 17, 2020: David Reich, MD*, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, was quoted in a Berks Weekly story about Tower Health Transplant Institute's first organ transplant.

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*Physician's practice is independent of Drexel University College of Medicine.

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David Tichansky, MD, MBA, FACS - Interim Academic Chair, Department of Surgery

David Tichansky, MD, MBA, FACS*
Interim Academic Chair