Residency Advantages

Simulation Lab

Monthly, we have a formal simulation experience to enhance surgical skills, minimally invasive techniques, and special scenarios (i.e. postpartum hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia, etc).

The lab is also used for additional special training sessions, one-on-one mentoring, and for informal ad hoc sessions with the residents, students, and faculty.

Anatomy Cadaver Lab

This is our unique bi-annual Anatomy Cadaver Lab session. For this component of our curriculum, we provide cadavers for the instruction of female pelvic anatomy. We typically conduct eight sessions on Thursdays and Fridays over the course of a month. The Thursday session is dedicated to didactics and the longer Friday session is reserved for dissection and hands-on instruction with trained anatomy instructors on one of four cadavers (four residents to each cadaver). A major advantage of this curriculum is that we focus on the clinical aspects of the female pelvic anatomy such as the anatomic layers, incision types, approaches to a hysterectomy, a hypogastric artery ligation, the space of Retzius, paravaginal defects, and many others.

Mock Oral Board Exam

Our mock oral closely simulates the ABOG oral board examination. Our goals are to provide a realistic expectation of the examination, to help our residents to be prepared for the real test, and to reduce anxiety which should lead to better outcomes. Residents learn to prepare and defend a limited case list from their continuity experience.

During the examination, residents spend 30 minutes each with examiners testing Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Office Practice. 50% of the Exam is directed at questions from the submitted Case List and 50% are computer generated cases. This portion of our curriculum not only helps our residents DEFEND a Case List well but also helps them have the fund of knowledge to answer questions that may be asked randomly about General OB/GYN as well as the Subspecialties (MFM, REI, ONC, UROGYN).

International Mission Opportunities

We believe strongly in, and encourage, altruism and service to the needy, both locally and internationally. Through the strengths and commitment of Reading Hospital, and faculty involvement in outreach projects, our residents have realistic and practical opportunities to get involved in both local and international healthcare outreach experiences.

The international projects bring healing to those in third-world impoverished areas. We provide opportunities to bring medical care to people whose survival is threatened by malnutrition, untreated gynecologic conditions, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Gyn/Endocrine/Office Rotation

During this unique PGY II rotation, residents spend one month working in the office of one of our private ObGyn physicians. This popular rotation has the dual educational objective of learning the diagnosis and management of common endocrine problems seen by a general practicing gynecologist while providing residents with the fundamentals of running and managing a general practice.

Diverse Patient Population

Migrant farm workers, Amish & Mennonite, inner city poor, and private populations allowing for a highly medical, social, and ethnically diverse patient population.

Independent Academic Institution

  • Affiliated with The Thomas Jefferson University Medical College
  • Rotating students from at least 3 medical schools at all times
  • Opportunities to be involved in national organizations
  • Six hours per week of protected educational time
    • 23 hours of protected conference time per month achieves the goals of the CREOG core curriculum. Each workday begins with service rounds followed by portected educational session attended by all residents and most of the 49 faculty members.

Great Research Opportunities

Many opportunities to publish: In 2016: 23 peer-reviewed publications and  abstracts

Resident Research Symposium: The resident research symposium is a formal evening dinner program with spouses and invited experts to help judge and observe the quality of our residency research. The symposium is completed early in the training to help those who are interested in fellowships or academic positions. It also gives each resident additional time to complete a manuscript of the presented data.

Minimally-invasive Surgical Opportunities

  • Including da Vinci robotic surgery and advanced laparoscopy. An optional robotic curriculum allows advanced skill development.
  • Surgical volumes over the 90th percentile compared to other programs.
  • New state-of-the-art surgical tower planned to open within the year.

Outstanding Faculty Support

  • Representation of all subspecialties
  • Almost a 1:1 ratio of faculty to residents
  • 4 full time generalist faculty dedicated to resident education

Additional Hospital/Educational/Departmental Benefits

  • Book and meeting allowance - With educational funds and incentives, up to $4,500 per year
  • Hospital housing assistance
    • Hospital-owned apartments - Subsidized hospital-owned apartments or housing allowance of up to $100/month
    • On-site day care
    • Three meals per day
    • On-site fitness center (membership covered)
    • Resident retreats and multiple social activities