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  • Obstetrics/Gynecology - FAQ

    Do you offer the opportunity for elective rotations?

    Yes. Elective rotations are offered in the PGY3 year. The elective may be a local or away rotation.

    How many deliveries and surgeries are offered?

    3050 vaginal deliveries, 965 cesarean sections, and 73 operative vaginal deliveries. In addition, there are also 325 abdominal hysterectomies, 24 vaginal hysterectomies, 146 laparascopic hysterectomies, 151 incontinence and pelvic floor surgeries, 250 laparoscopies, and 547 surgeries for invasive cancer. All cases are resident cases.

    Is there a minimum board score that you expect for your applicants?

    Yes. We accept USMLE and COMLEX scores. Our expected minimum score is 220 for both the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. For both the COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 our expected minimum score is 520.

    Does your program offer simulation training?

    Yes. We have a state of the art on campus simulation center. The simulation center has ICU patients’ rooms, an operating room, two LapSims, a neonatal care unit, and a lecture hall. In addition we work with a birthing simulator Noelle, and we have developed a simple box trainer to simulate the abdominal hysterectomy.

    Does your program have medical student rotations?

    Yes. Einstein has an agreement with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. We have four third year students each block. In addition we offer fourth year sub-I rotations in maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic surgery, ambulatory OBGYN, and a general OBGYN.

    Is there a research requirement?

    Yes. Each resident is expected to complete a research project that is of publishable quality by the completion of their fourth year.

    Have your graduates been successful in the fellowship match?

    Since 2003 we have placed 9 graduates into fellowship training. Four have gone into maternal fetal medicine, two into gynecologic oncology, one into minimally invasive and robotic surgery, one into the newly accredited female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and one into family planning. An interesting note is that two of these fellows have chosen to return to Einstein to practice and train our residents, which is a true testament to our program.

    Are there rotations outside of the main hospital at Broad and Tabor Road?

    Yes. In order to provide our residents with the highest quality educational experience we have established long term (10 year) relationships with both Fox Chase Cancer Center in the Northeast section of Philadelphia and Abington Reproductive Medicine, a private infertility group located seven miles from our campus. In addition our residents are able to operate at St. Mary’s Medical Center to perform pelvic surgery and advanced laparoscopic procedures with one of our graduates, Traci Cook. We are very excited to announce the opening of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in September of 2012.

    What rotations will be offered at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (EMCM)?

    This state-of-the-art hospital will further enhance our residents experience by providing full service care to a suburban community. The hospital will have three private general OBGYN groups, a female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery service, a gynecologic oncology service, a reproductive medicine service and a maternal fetal medicine service. This will be in addition to the experience at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.

    Are residents on call at more than one site?

    No. Call is only at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.

    How many vacation and personal days are allotted the residents?

    20 days/ year for vacation, which includes five personal days/year.

    Is there a stipend for books?


    Is there a night float system?

    Yes. Night float starts on Sunday night at 6:30 pm. The last night of night float is Thursday finishing on Friday morning. The night float team is off Friday and Saturday, returning to work Sunday evening at 6:30pm.

    Is there a mentorship program?

    Yes. We start the program in September so the intern class and faculty have time to become familiar with one another.

    Does the program provide money for meals?

    Yes. Money for meals is provided for each call shift that exceeds 16 hours.

    Is the program ACGME Certified?

    Yes. In October of 2011 we received a five-year approval, the longest approval a program may receive.

    Does you program use an Electronic Medical Record?

    Yes. We use a comprehensive obstetrically specific electronic medical record (EMR), called PeriBirth. This EMR is an intelligent medical record with over 3000 clinical decision supports in place. Our fetal hearts are monitored by a central monitor utilizing a system called PeriCalm which allows for computer generated fetal heart evaluation to aid the clinician in fetal heart rate interpretation. The surgical patients are placed in a separate EMR named AeCIS and run by Cerner.

    Are residents able to attend conferences?

    Yes. Any resident that has a poster or presentation accepted at an approved conference will be provided full funding to attend the meeting.

    Are there fellows being trained in your program?


    Are the residents exposed to robotic training?

    Yes. One robot is at Einstein Elkins Park (less than 5 miles from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia campus), and one robot will be at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. Each PGY3 and PGY4 is expected to have completed the online training and Davinci modules prior to gaining console time.

    Are the residents allowed to moonlight?


    What does the city have to offer?

    The city is a cultural hub. For the arts: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, and the Rodin Museum are located in Center City less than 10 miles from the main hospital campus. For foodies: the city is bustling with BYOBs and gatsropubs. For those looking to spend time outdoors: Fairmount Park and Kelly Drive offer countless miles of outdoor recreation, running, road and mountain biking, hiking and fishing. For sports fans: the city is passionate about our professional teams. The NFL, the Eagles. The NHL, the Flyers. The NBA, the Seventy Sixers. MLB, the Phillies. MLS, the Union. Even arena football, the Soul and Major League indoor lacrosse the Wings. Academically: the city offers the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Endocrine and Reproductive Society, and the Philadelphia Perinatal Society.

    Where do most of the residents live?

    Most of the residents live in Center City. Some live in Olde City and others in the Fairmount or Art Museum sections. Others choose to live in Chestnut Hill or Mt. Airy. Most live within a 30 minute drive or public transport ride to EMC Philadelphia.