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  • Preliminary Residents 

    We have 9 Preliminary Residents per year.  These are distributed between the PGY-1 and PGY-2 year.  This track is quite competitive, as we have had great success placing qualified, accomplished preliminary residents into categorical positions both here and at other institutions.  Preliminary and categorical residents have almost identical rotations schedules. 

    Life in Philadelphia 

    Philadelphia is the 5th largest city in the US, with about 1.5 million inhabitants.  The general metropolitan area is home to 6 million people.  The city ranks ninth worldwide and fourth nationwide in municipal gross domestic product.  Once a center of manufacturing, the local economy has been shifting to one based on information technology, service, and healthcare.  Philadelphia is home to Fairmount Park, the largest landscaped urban park in the world. It has a world-class symphony orchestra, numerous art museums, and many monuments to the founding of the republic.  The nation’s first hospital and zoo were founded here.  The city has the 2nd-largest concentration of students nationwide with three major research universities and five schools of medicine.  

    It has several professional sports teams including the Eagles, the Phillies, the Flyers, and the 76ers.  Its restaurants are world-class and its entertainment options are vibrant.   

    Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York and Baltimore, and three hours from Washington, D.C.  It has a large airport with numerous international connections, and a busy rail-transport center. 

    Categorical Residents (2014-15)   

    John Henry Pang, MD  University of Hawaii
    Susan Kartiko, MD, PhD Texas A&M
    Heidi Miller, MD, MPH  University of Colorado
    Stephanie Sea, MD Southern Illinois University

    Luanne Force, MD  Weill Cornell Medical College
    Farah Karipineni, MD, MPHUniversity of California, Irvine

    Talitha Brown, MD  University of Iowa 
    Lawrence Cetrulo, MD  Tufts University
    Katarzyna Wolanin, MDRoss University

    Alisan Fathalizadeh, MD  Michigan State University  
    Geoffrey Garst, MD  University of Colorado
    Kevin Nguyen, MDUniversity of Wisconsin
    Cynthia Yabar, MDUniversity of Texas

    Jordan Henderson, MD  Virginia Commonwealth
    Thaer Obaid, MD  University Kormenskeho Bratslava              
    Eric Veilleux, MDTulane University

     Career Paths of Our Graduates 

    Susan Kartiko, MDTrauma/Critical Care Fellowship at Boston Medical Center
    Heidi Miller, MDMinimally Invasive Surgery/Endoscopy Fellowship at Case Western University
    John Pang, MDPlastic Surgery Fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh
    Stephanie Sea, MDTrauma/Critical Care Fellowship at University of Sourthern California
     Flora Lee, MD                             Current Position: General Surgery Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, GA
    Nadia Awad, MD     Fellowship: Vascular, Cooper University Hospital
    Jason Andre, MDFellowship: Vascular, University of Southern Illinois
    Jose Moreno, MDFellowship: Colorectal/MIS, Houston Colorectal Surgical Associates
    Shelby Stewart, MDFellowship: Thoracic, BI Deaconess/Harvard
    Allison Tanck, MDCurrent Position: General Surgery, Peoria, Illinois
    Matthew Thomas,MD  Fellowship: CT, Allegheny General Hospital
    Amanda Woodworth, MDFellowship: Breast, University of Southern California
    Current Position: Breast Surgery, Holy Redeemer Hospital, PA
    Rajeev Puri, MDCurrent Position: General Surgery, Central Maine Medical Center
    Susan Sees, MDCurrent Position: General Surgery, Coatesville, PA
    Kathryn Wheel, MDFellowship: Acute Care Surgery, Wake Forest
    Current Position: General Surgery, Pocono Medical Center, PA
    Michael Fishman,MDFellowship: MIS, Hershey Medical Center
    Current Position: MIS Surgery, Grand View Hospital PA
    Jared Liebman, MDFellowship: Plastics, Cooper Hospital, NJ
    Current Position: Plastic Surgery, Einstein Philadelphia, PA
    Joseph Stirparo,MDFellowship: Trauma/Critical Care, Wake Forest
    Current Position: Acute Care Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network, PA
    Tejwant Datta, MDFellowship: MIS, Johns Hopkins
    Current Position: Bariatric Surgery, Petersburg, VA
    Michael Gillespie,MDFellowship: Colorectal, Lehigh Valley
    Current Position: Colorectal Surgery, GBMC, Baltimore, MD
    Nicholas Jones, MDFellowship: Microvascular, Univ. of Mississippi Plastics, Medical College GA
    Current Position: Plastic Surgery, August GA
    Ariel Spencer, MDFellowship: MIS, Johns Hopkins
    Current Position: General Surgery, E. Tennessee State University
    Nissin Nahmias,MDFellowship: MIS, Johns Hopkins
    Current Position: MIS, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT
    Joseph Grisafi, MDFellowship: Vascular, Allegheny General Hospital
    Current Position: Vascular Surgery, Grand View Hospital, PA


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    A General Surgery resident shares her experience and explains how her expectations have been met through her first two years within Einstein Medical Center's Department of Surgery Residency.


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