Welcome to the Pennsylvania Hospital Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Our program is an accredited four-year postgraduate training program based at Pennsylvania hospital, within the University of Pennsylvania Health system.
The residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn has a total of 24 physicians, six in each year. Our program has been continually accredited by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) since 1955. In addition, the program fulfills all requirements established by the National Residency Review Committee (RRC).
Residents receive in-depth clinical and didactic training in all aspects of women's health care – obstetrics, gynecology, family planning, primary care, gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, maternal fetal medicine, human genetics, and urogynecology.
As part of Penn Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital is a major teaching site for Penn medical students for both their core OB/GYN rotation and subspecialty electives. Pennsylvania Hospital residents play a key role in the education, clinical experience, and evaluation of medical students.
The primary goal of obstetrics and gynecology education at Pennsylvania Hospital is to create practitioners who are capable of caring for the full continuum of a woman's health care needs across her lifespan. We emphasize teamwork and collegiality among residents, attendings, nurses, and support staff. The Department of Ob/Gyn, under the leadership of Dr. Ludmir, is committed to providing quality care for all women in the Philadelphia community and abroad. To that end, we have established a division of our resident-run practice that provides care for many of the uninsured and indigent women in our community through Women's and Children Health Services (link to WCHS). We also promote and provide care to the large Latina population in the area through Latina Community Health Services (founded by Dr. Ludmir).
Over 5,000 babies are born at Pennsylvania Hospital annually. The residents are involved in the management of all patients. In July 2008, a "laborist model" for attending coverage on the labor and delivery unit was instituted. The laborist system means that for any 24-hour shift, there are two attending physicians on staff whose only responsibility is to oversee the labor and delivery floor. The laborist model has led to improved attending-resident collaboration with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety.
Residents gain outpatient experience through subspecialty rotations and working at Women and Children's Health Services (WCHS), the resident-run clinic. One-fifth of our patients receive their care at WCHS, where there are about 15,000 outpatient visits per year. The volume of patients at the clinic provides residents with the unique experience of operating a high volume clinic and being the primary physician for patients with a wide variety of obstetric and gynecologic issues.
Gynecology services at Pennsylvania Hospital perform over 2,300 procedures annually. The residents participate in all cases and are either the surgeon or first assistant for the vast majority of cases. In addition, Pennsylvania Hospital is a leader in minimally invasive and robotic gynecologic surgery. Penn's gynecologic oncology and urogynecology fellows operate with the attending on a portion of the cases.