Surgery Residency | Jersey Shore University Medical Center   

Surgery Residency | Jersey Shore University Medical Center

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The goal of the general surgery residency program is to:

Provide a comprehensive training program in general surgery, resulting in graduates capable of safe, competent independent surgical practice, and who, should they choose, can obtain the fellowship of their choice. The degree of clinical responsibility and technical operative experience increases incrementally with each year of training. Residents mature clinically, with their interpersonal skills and ultimately with technical ability. The application of knowledge in the treatment of surgical disease is for lifelong learning.

Glenn S. Parker, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, has been the Program Director since the inception of the General Surgery Residency Program in 2017. The faculty have more than 100 years of surgical experience and mentoring as educators.

The resident at the completion of training should be able to do the following:

  • Pass the Qualifying and Certifying Examinations offered by the American Board of Surgery.
  • Function independently and safely as a general surgeon.
  • Critically assess the surgical literature.
  • Develop the necessary tools so that graduates can have the career of their choice whether it be academics, private practice or additional surgical fellowship training.

Objectives of the Surgical Residency Program, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Residency Review Committee and the American Board of Surgery are to:

  • Provide the trainees with a broad based exposure to patients in the areas designated as the core areas for general surgery: surgical oncology, vascular surgery, trauma, critical care, endoscopy, endocrine surgery, abdominal surgery and surgery of the breast.
  • Provide exposure to all trainees in the subspecialties of surgery, including pediatric surgery, organ transplantation, urology, plastic, cardiac and thoracic surgery.
  • Ensure an adequate operative experience in the various areas included in the field of general surgery.
  • Ensure an adequate operative experience in the allied disciplines of general surgery, including pediatric surgery, transplant surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Provide a basic framework of didactic education in all aspects of general surgery.
  • Provide an atmosphere that encourages life-long self-directed learning and scholarly activity. We follow the SCORE curriculum for our education schedule which is run by faculty and senior residents.
  • Provide an atmosphere that stresses holistic aspects of the art and science of medicine.
  • Provide opportunities for scholarly activity, whether basic, clinical or outcomes research.
  • Produce surgeons who can be the next generation of surgical practitioners, researchers, and surgical leaders.

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Message from the Chairman

Our focus is on excellence in training, research, patient experience and quality outcomes, for not only standard surgical conditions, but also, the most advanced surgical problems. We aspire to be leaders of change in our discipline. We believe that we are creative in our solution to make things better for our residents, faculty/staff, and most importantly, our patients. We are courageous and do our best to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. We are compassionate toward our approach to treating our patients and interacting with our team members, students and residents. We are collaborative and teach teamwork in our lectures and by our examples. As a result, all members in the Department of Surgery are connected to something that transcends the individual. We are a department that is working to change the world for our patients and staff by one thought, one action, or one miracle at a time.

We do our best to live above the line. That means that we assume the best in people and their intentions. We listen to each other in order to understand before trying to be understood. We confront issues directly to ensure each other's success and that of our patients. We model our beliefs in our actions and trust one another. We are accountable to ourselves and each other. Finally, we support our decisions and those of the hospital and system, so that all may enjoy success, most specifically our patients.

We invite you to challenge yourself; as we will do the same and support you through refining and perfecting the art and science of surgery. I could not be more proud of the team we are, the things we have accomplished, and those aspirations that will be met in years to come.

With the greatest respect,

Thomas L. Bauer, M.D., MBA

A Message from the Program Director

Glenn S ParkerAs an ACGME accredited General Surgery residency program, we are excited to continue to build on the excellence in General Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Our program’s goal is to prepare our residents to practice safe, competent surgical and medical care for patients in all major areas of general surgery. Our philosophy is that you will leave Jersey Shore University Medical Center with a solid foundation in general surgery that will prepare you for board certification and to practice as a general surgeon or pursue subspecialty training.

Our faculty is the cornerstone of our program. We have faculty across 17 service lines who are board certified, active in scholarly activity and experienced teachers that cover all aspects of general surgical education. Residents work under the guidance and supervision of our dedicated faculty to provide state of the art medical care to our ethnically, culturally and economically diverse patient population. Faculty have published multiple peer-reviewed articles, lead major clinical trials and are involved in many research projects that residents may choose to participate in. Quality improvement and patient safety is a major focus of the department with both faculty and resident involvement in quality improvement committees and projects.

With approximately 16,000 surgeries performed in 17 state-of-the-art operating rooms annually, our patient volume and variety is on par with major medical centers throughout the United States. We are a state-of-the-art Level I Trauma Center for the Southern Region of Hackensack Meridian Health. Residents have access to more than 1,600 adult and pediatric trauma patients (Currently applying for Level 1 Pediatric Trauma designation). In addition, our Center for Robotic Surgery is equipped with three of the da Vinci Xi Surgical Systems that provide residents with the opportunity to become certified in the use of specialized computer-assisted minimally invasive surgical techniques.

The program prides itself on being able to offer complete training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center with the exception of the required transplant experience that will be held at Hackensack University Medical Center. Utilizing a team-based approach, residents will rotate through all areas of General Surgery including Acute Care Surgery, Bariatric & Endoscopy, Breast, Colorectal & Colonoscopy, Critical Care, Surgical Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Breast, Hepato-biliary & Pancreatic, Oncology, Pediatric, Plastics, Thoracic, Trauma - Adult and Pediatric, and Vascular Surgery. Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics is practiced on all teams and both Cardiothoracic and Transplant are PGY 3 rotations. The curriculum follows the SCORE standard and is supplemented with multi-disciplinary conferences, tumor boards, M & M, specialty conferences, journal club, and Grand Rounds. Residents have strictly enforced protected time to attend all required didactics on Wednesday mornings. Residents are also supported in an elective of their choice in their fourth year.

Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery Residency Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Please take the time to explore our website, review our program and visit again for new updates. We hope you find all the information you want and invite you to call the Department at 732-776-4328. We look forward to welcoming you to our new surgical residency program.

Warm Regards,

Glenn S. Parker, M.D., FACS, FASCRS
Program Director, General Surgery
Vice Chairman and Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Professor of Surgery, Hackensack Meridian Health School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Surgery, St. George's University School of Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Clinical Affiliate Faculty in the Physician Assistant Program, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies Monmouth University

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