The residency training program is a four-year OB/GYN program that is evenly distributed between Obstetrics and Gynecology at all levels. Ambulatory experience is provided through an active outpatient program that includes General Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic sessions, High Risk Obstetrics, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Clinic, Urogynecology Clinic, Colposcopy Clinic and Gynecology/Oncology Clinic. Salaried teaching faculty supervise these clinics. Additionally, didactic conferences and lectures are provided on a regular basis.
The combination of experiences at Saint Joseph Hospital, Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center and Thorek Hospital provide a synergy for excellent education.
At Saint Joseph Hospital, patients requiring surgery include non-private and private patients. The non-private patient receives full evaluation in the continuity clinic by residents under supervision of assigned teaching faculty. Residents schedule these cases for surgery and perform indicated procedures with assistance and supervision of the attending physicians. The extent of procedures performed by residents is based on individual ability and demonstrated competence. Residents perform surgical procedures on private patients under an attending physician's supervision and provide assistance consistent with their level of training and capabilities. Private patients from Reproductive Endocrinology, Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Urology are evaluated and managed in the same manner.
Residents learn minimally invasive surgery in the state-of-the-art Skills Laboratory located on campus. Acquisition of the LapSim, the most validated, researched and implemented laparoscopic virtual reality simulation system, adds a customized and enhanced resident learning environment while maintaining greater patient safety. The use of 3-D technology and absence of haptics provide residents a simulation experience in minimally invasive surgery similar to robotic procedures.
Availability of the Da Vinci Surgical System at Saint Joseph Hospital provides residents a platform to learn the use of cutting-edge robotics technology in gynecologic surgery. Lectures on minimally invasive and robotic surgery in addition to hands-on skills drills are actively integrated into the residents' learning curriculum.
The training program enjoys the commitment of subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology, Gynecologic Oncology and Urogynecology. And, residents receive superb obstetrics experience at Saint Joseph Hospital from three four board-certified Maternal-Fetal specialists who are active in resident education.
Rotations at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center and Thorek Hospital are conducted during PGY-II and PGY-III and complement the experience of our residents, especially in vaginal hysterectomy and operative endoscopies.
Annual Patient Statistics
|Major Gynecologic Operations||1,609|
|Minor Gynecologic Operations||1,477|
|Major Surgical Procedures for invasive gyneoplasia||207|
|Surgery for Urinary Incontinence||226|
|Operative Laparoscopic Procedures||201|