Representing one of the largest medical specialties, the Department of Surgery is heavily involved in student education. The department, through its Division of Surgical Education, is active in innovative teaching techniques, including computer-based simulations, problem-based learning and small-group teaching.
Each division (colorectal, MIS and bariatric, general, vascular, surgical oncology, breast) offers electives, teaching and research. Training in critical care, trauma, oncology, breast disease, and gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery is available through the Division of General Surgery.
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, role playing and a program in surgical decision-making.
Each year leading surgeons spend periods of time teaching medical students and residents as visiting professors.
News and Announcements
Congratulations to Drs. L. Grier Arthur III* (Pediatric Surgery), Wilbur B. Bowne (Surgery), Juan L. Poggio (Colon and Rectal Surgery), Rajeev Prasad* (Pediatric Surgery), David J. Reich* (Surgery), Elizabeth P. Renza-Stingone (Surgery), David E. Stein (Colon and Rectal Surgery) and Michael S. Weingarten (Vascular Surgery), who were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. (May 6, 2019)
*This physician is a non-compensated member of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine.
Department of Surgery's Summer Scientific Student Conference
On August 16, 2018, the Department of Surgery held the Summer Scientific Student Conference, where participating Drexel undergraduate and College of Medicine students presented their summer research projects. Topics included:
- Julia Tartaglia, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate co-op student
"Telomeres and Metabolism"
- Carleigh Charles, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate co-op student
- Blake Kazaoka, Drexel School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, undergraduate co-op student
"The Mitochondria Targets of Rapamycin in Aging Cardiac Fibroblasts"
- William Stabbert, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate co-op student
"Nanoparticle-Encapsulated Curcumin and Carnosic Acid as Metabolic Modulators"
- Komeil Mirzaei Baboli, MD, Drexel College of Medicine, research volunteer
"Study of Synergistic Anti-Tumor Capacity of Combination of Polyphenolic Compounds on Mouse Metastatic Models"
- Lindsay Steele, Drexel College of Medicine, MCBG program, graduate student
"Magnetically-Actuated Alginate Scaffolds: Effects on Macrophage Cytokine Secretion"
- Boris Polyak, Drexel College of Medicine, Department of Surgery faculty
"Magnetic Cell Therapy for Vascular Disease"
- Zulfiya Orynbayeva, Drexel College of Medicine, Department of Surgery faculty
"Mitochondria Role in Health, Diseases and Aging"
In Memoriam – Andres Castellanos, MD
An outstanding clinician and educator, Andres Castellanos, MD, passed away on December 12, 2017, after a prolonged illness. Dr. Castellanos specialized in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. He was an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, executive vice chair of the department, and program director of the Drexel/Hahnemann General Surgery Residency program, of which he was a graduate.
At his family's request, donations in his memory may be made to the Andres Castellanos Simulation and Education Fund or by mail to Drexel University College of Medicine, P.O. Box 8215, Philadelphia, PA 19101, or by calling 215.762.2230.
"Wound-Healing Device Trial"
Related Faculty: Michael S. Weingarten, MD
Pulse (Summer 2017)
In the Media
November 11, 2019: The Physician Leadership Academy created by the Drexel Solutions Institute for physicians in the Crozer-Keystone Health System was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer story. The program’s goal is to get doctors to think about the business side of health care. David Stein, MD, professor and chair in the Department of Surgery, and one of the teachers of the class, was quoted in the story.
October 31, 2018: David J. Reich, MD, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer story and video about a technique he is studying, called machine perfusion, to revive organs that have deteriorated in order to make them suitable for transplant into patients.
June 25, 2018: Amanda Woodworth, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, was quoted in a MedCity News article regarding the upcoming panel she is moderating in Philadelphia about how doctors can make the “care journey a bit more bearable” for those living with cancer.
June 21, 2018: Amanda Woodworth, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, was featured in a Philly Voice “The Doctor Is Out” article about how she bonds with her dog through canine agility training.
November 2, 2017: Marcin Jankowski, DO, a faculty member in the Department of Surgery, was featured in a WCAU-TV (NBC-10) story about how the trauma team at Hahnemann University Hospital treats gunshot victims.
August 4, 2017: Michael S. Weingarten, MD, a professor in the Department of Surgery; Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions; and Peter A. Lewin, PhD, the Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, authored an opinion piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer about the wound healing technology they are developing at Drexel, and the importance in safeguarding against public cynicism about these efforts.
January 18, 2017: Michael S. Weingarten, MD, a professor in the Department of Surgery and medical director of the Comprehensive Wound Healing Program, was interviewed in a WTXF-TV (FOX-29) segment about an ultrasound device they are developing to speed the process of healing chronic wounds. The project is also led by researchers in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems.
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