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Curriculum & Didactics

Our faculty and staff are committed to creating an educational environment that
will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and professionalism that are
necessary to the successful practice of obstetrics and gynecology.


Our residency program provides structured educational environment that educates our residents along the 6 core competencies as outlined by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as follows:      

  • Medical knowledge     
  • Patient care  
  • Professionalism    
  • Practice-based learning   
  • Interpersonal and communication skills   
  • System-based practice

The overall philosophy of our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program is to create an environment that provides formal instruction and constructive evaluation as well as increasing levels of experience and responsibility from the earliest levels of training onward. The overall residency training goals include      

  • Achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology     
  • Become compassionate, ethical and valuable members of our society     
  • Prepare for the pursuit of sub-specialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Oncology, Urogynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility as well as advanced laparoscopic surgery if desired      
  • Attain competence in ambulatory primary healthcare for women      
  • Serve as a teacher for students or more junior residents      
  • Participate in departmental committee and administrative work      
  • Obtain knowledge of healthcare delivery systems, medical-legal issues, and practice management     
  • Learn how to function as a consultant and essential component of the greater healthcare team       
  • Develop the skills necessary to critically review the medical literature       
  • Learn the basics of data collection, statistics, and study design through required research participation   
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary for excellent patient care and to pass the written and oral board exams of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Prepare residents to independently manage ambulatory patients, perform basic and complex gynecologic procedures, and care for patients with both conventional and challenging obstetrical and gynecological needs


Clinical training structure

All patients - resident service or private, outpatient or inpatient, surgeries and deliveries - are available for resident education. In addition, the department strives to create an environment of research and scholarly activity that optimizes the
academic efforts of all members of the department and encourages a life-long
commitment to the pursuit of knowledge.

West Penn serves as the primary teaching site for our residents, accounting for over 90% of the resident experience, and is our only inpatient coverage responsibility. Residents are central to the care of our patients, serving as first assistants or surgeons in the large volume of surgery across general and subspecialty gynecology, and covering triage and labor and delivery 24/7 with the support of midlevel providers and in collaboration with service and private attending physicians.Beginning in PGY-1, residents attend a half-day continuity clinic session each week. These sessions consist of two to three residents and a supervising faculty attending.. Each resident follows his or her complement of patients under the supervision of a faculty attending during their four years. As residents advance in their training, the number of patients they oversee will increase. The outpatient clinics are located in a large, renovated space equipped with a procedure room, 6 examination rooms, 2 consultation rooms, and a conference space with library and computers. Procedures performed include colposcopy, LEEP, cryotherapy, endometrial sampling, complex cystometrics, cystoscopy, and office hysteroscopy. A mobile ultrasound with abdominal and endovaginal probes is available for use in each evaluation room. Attending physicians do not have other responsibilities or see other patients while supervising residents

Residents also rotate through departmental specialty clinics, including high-risk obstetrics, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Residents are also given elective time where they may schedule an in-house or off-site rotation to complement their educational experience.


Didactic education

  • Tuesday morning departmental conference

                    o   Obstetrics and Gynecology Morbidity and Mortality Conference

                    o   Grand Rounds

                    o   Fetal Heart Rate Strip Conferences

                    o   Practice based review of literature

                    o   Case Presentations      

  • Monthly Journal Clubs, typically hosted by faculty      
  • Resident Didactics (3 hours on Fridays)

                    o   Didactic lectures by department and guest faculty

                    o   Case conference

                    o   Simulation sessions

                    o   Clinic patient team meetings

                    o   Gynecologic oncology tumor board

                    o   Wellness program

obgyn residents

Schedule and duty hours

Our residency program has a complete commitment to the duty hour restrictions, as sanctioned by the ACGME.

  • PGY 1: Obstetrics, Night Float, Gynecology, Triage, Internal Medicine,  Emergency Medicine
  • PGY 2: Obstetrics, Night Float, Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Family Planning, Gynecologic Oncology
  • PGY 3: Obstetrics, Night Float, Gynecology, Gynecology Oncology, Urogynecology, Family Planning, Elective
  • PGY 4: Obstetrics, Night Float, Gynecology, Gynecology Oncology, Family Planning, Elective