Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

Program director:  Eileen Segreti, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:  4 years (PGY1-PGY4)
Residents per year:  5

About the Program
Application Information
Benefits
Contact Us
Curriculum
     Clinical Training Structure
        Department Organization/ Specialty Clinics
        Rotations by PGY
        Rotation Schedule
        Training Sites
        Duty Hours and Night Float
     Didactic Experiences
        Lectures
        Hands-on Training (simulation)
        Conferences
        Suggested Reading
Educational Goals and Objectives
Program at a Glance
 


About the Program

 

Our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program ram participates  in the long tradition of academic excellence of our two academic medical centers, Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital, and the outstanding care and service of our community hospitals.

As a network and as individual hospitals, we annually receive numerous recognitions for excellence.

Our research is second to none with several prominent resources, including the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) that coordinates more than 6,000 medical professionals in the study of breast and bowel cancer treatment and prevention and our Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, founded in 1913 with a major emphasis on translational research. Some of the NSABP's most prominent research in breast and colorectal cancer care has been conducted at Allegheny General Hospital.

West Penn Hospital obstetricians have been leaders in medical education since John M. Duff, MD, Professor of Obstetrics at West Penn along with 12 West Penn physicians founded the Western Pennsylvania Medical College on October 5, 1885. In the spirit of their tradition, West Penn Hospital provides excellence in maternal and infant care for thousands of births annually, and the 45-bed Level III NICU at West Penn is a major regional referral center for sick newborns, admitting many hundreds of ill newborns annually from western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program is a fully accredited, four-year training program that enrolls five residents in each academic year. Residents receive extensive training in a structured educational environment in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology as well as primary care, and they graduate with a strong knowledge base and the clinical/operative skills necessary to practice independently, competently and compassionately.

The departmental curriculum has been developed in compliance with the special requirements of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). Our residents are educated through a structured program of clinical experience and didactic training covering the essential concepts of OB/GYN. This educational experience has been designed around the Core Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology as formulated by CREOG and is geared around the core competencies of medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning, professionalism and systems based care.

Our faculty and staff are committed to creating an educational environment that will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professionalism that are necessary to the successful practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Residents are given increasing levels of responsibility, appropriate supervision, formal instruction and a comprehensive didactic program in order to achieve their goals and elicit the best from each individual.

We invite you to visit our department and explore the many opportunities that our program has to offer.

Thank you for your interest in our training program.

Allan S. Klapper, MD
Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Allegheny Health Network

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Application Information

 

Before completing an application to our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program, please review our application process and check our application FAQs.

 

Application Process

All applications to our program are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Office will not accept any paper applications.

Once the application through ERAS is completed, our staff reviews the application and applies specific criteria to determine which applicants are offered interviews.

The application to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program includes the following:

  • Completed application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcript from your medical school
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Board score
  • If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, your application must also meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum USMLE Step1 and Step 2 score of  200 or above.
    • J-1 visa
    • ECFMG certified prior to any interview

 

Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I apply to your residency program?
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and process all applications via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Only applications received through ERAS will be reviewed for a possible interview.

2. Do you offer pre-match positions?
We do not offer any pre-match positions.

3. How many residents are in your program?
We have a total of 20 residents in our training program with 5 residents at each PGY level.

4. Do you have minimum USMLE score requirements?
A minimum USMLE score of 190 is preferred.

5. Do I have to take Step 2 before my interview?
Step 1 scores are required prior to invitation for an interview. Although we do not require a Step 2 score for an interview, we strongly recommend that you provide a Step 2 score prior to the rank list deadline.

6. What is your application deadline?
Our application deadline is November 30.

7. Is your program “DO friendly”?
We encourage DO students to apply to our program. Several of our residents and faculty have completed their medical school training at an osteopathic medical school.

8. If I have taken COMLEX Level 1, do I also need to take USMLE Step 1?
We accept COMLEX scores from osteopathic medicine students. You do not need to take the USMLE Step exam in addition to the COMLEX exam.

9. Is your program “IMG friendly”?
International medical graduates are encouraged to apply to our training program. We assess each individual based on his or her own merits, with no specific policy that excludes foreign medical graduates.

10. What type of visas do you sponsor?
Our institution sponsors J-1 Visas only.

11. Do IMGs need special certification?
ECFMG certification is required for all international medical graduates.

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Benefits

 

The Allegheny General Hospital - Western Pennsylvania Hospital Medical Education Consortium offers physicians in our graduate medical education programs numerous benefits.

Highlights for our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program include:

  • Professional liability insurance
  • Educational seminars and scholarly materials
  • Paid time-off during years 2-4 for conference attendance
  • Complimentary parking services
  • On-call living quarters and meal allowance
  • Flexible benefits, including healthcare, dental, life/dependent life insurance, accidental death/dismemberment insurance, long/short-term disability, flexible spending accounts, counseling/support services and employee health services)
  • Employee assistance program
  • Holiday, sick and vacation time
  • Leaves of absence benefits
  • Access to on-site daycare facilities
  • Protected didactic time
  • Annual resident retreat
  • Two complimentary lab coats
  • Board review course

 

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Contact Us

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program

Pamela Chorba, Coordinator

Mailing address:
   OB/GYN Residency Program
   West Penn Hospital
   Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
   4800 Friendship Avenue
   Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Phone: 412.578.5587

Fax: 412.578.4477

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Educational Goals and Objectives

 

Our residency program provides a 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 residency training goals include the following:

  • To achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology
  • To become compassionate, ethical and valuable members of our society
  • To prepare for the pursuit of sub-specialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Oncology, Urogynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility as well as advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • To attain competence in ambulatory primary healthcare for women
  • To provide increased responsibility, appropriate supervision, formal instruction and critical evaluation
  • To serve as a teacher for those students or more junior residents and students placed under his or her supervision
  • To participate in departmental committee and administrative work
  • To obtain knowledge of healthcare delivery systems, medical-legal issues, and practice management
  • To learn how to function as a consultant and essential component of the greater healthcare team
  • To develop the skills necessary to critically review the medical literature
  • To learn the basics of data collection, statistics, and study design through required research participation
  • To acquire the knowledge necessary to pass the written and oral board exams of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • To 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

 

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Program at a Glance

 

Our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program strives to teach each resident to become a compassionate and ethical physician as well as a provider of excellent primary care for women. Residents are given increasing levels of responsibility, appropriate supervision, formal instruction, comprehensive didactic program, and critical evaluation throughout their training in order to achieve program goals and elicit the best from each individual.

Highlights of our program include:

  • 4-year accredited residency program
  • 5 residents approved for each level of training
  • Competitive salaries, benefits, and housing with 24-hour support services
  • Large and culturally diverse population
  • More than 4200 deliveries annually
  • About 4000 surgical procedures each year
  • Approximately 10,000 ultrasound scans yearly
  • 26 modern and updated Labor & Delivery and Postpartum (LDRP) suites (West Penn Hospital and Forbes Hospital)
  • More than 600 regional maternal transfers
  • Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Division and a full-time urogynecologist performing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division with five specialists and one Reproductive Geneticist with multiple 3D/4D ultrasounds and advanced fetal testing services
  • Extensive gynecological oncology training
  • Separate rotations in outpatient medicine clinics, emergency medicine, anesthesia and genetics
  • An extensive simulation training program
  • One-month elective
  • Dedicated full-time and voluntary faculty and a supportive administration
  • Faculty actively involved in research / well-published in peer review journals

 

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