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Our Residency Training Program
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    Overview & Mission Back to top
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    The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences offers postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UPMC, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Our mission as a training program is to provide intense clinical experience and didactics to acquire excellent skills of general ob/gyn, provide opportunities for individualized training to make good career decisions; and to prepare trainees to serve as leaders and contributors in future careers
    Contact Information
    Diana Brucha
    Academic Manager, Residency Training Program
    Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC,  300 Halket Street,  Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3180
    Education Back to top
    Education permeates the culture at Magee. Trainees of all levels in multiple disciplines participate in patient care and educational activities at this institution. The Department, hospital and UPMC provide strong support to medical teachers, excellent educational facilities, and rich simulation resources for medical trainees to optimize their learning and achieve their career goals.
    About Our Program Back to top
    The residency program has many characteristics that make it an ideal place for an active learner who wants to obtain excellent obstetrical, gynecological, and lifelong learning skills.

    • Large faculty with high degree of national prominence and expertise: trainees learn from experts in their field; trainees work with outstanding role models and mentors.
    • Strong academic culture: trainees learn to practice evidence-based medicine; trainees are challenged to become clear-headed clinical thinkers; trainees attend high quality conferences and educational sessions.
    • Magee is a women’s hospital and the regional referral center for a large catchment area: patient volume, range of acuity, and range of diagnoses ensure that trainees have outstanding clinical skills and can practice anywhere; trainees develop excellent procedural skills.
    • Magee utilizes non-residents to deliver patient care that is purely “scut”: residents can focus on level-appropriate learning objectives.
    • The residency has strong support from Magee and the Department: residents input is routinely used to improve the program; a well-staffed residency administration works daily to optimize resident education; residents meet regularly with the Chair and the Program Director to discuss the education program.
    • The residency has 5-year accreditation status from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education
    • The Department has multiple subspecialty fellowships: residents who seek subspecialty fellowships have outstanding opportunities locally and nationally; trainees attain broad clinical and procedural skills; faculty effectively balance resident procedural training with fellow procedural training due to vast experience; fellows are outstanding role models and mentors for residents.
    • Magee is a free-standing women’s hospital: obstetrical and gynecologic care is a major focus of the hospital’s mission; residents also benefit from full-service specialty consultation on-site, such as critical care medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, neonatology, and many others
    • The R3 year has elective time which may be used for an international rotation: trainees can continue and/or develop their commitment to women’s health globally during residency.
    The program received approval from the ACGME to recruit 10 first-year residents beginning with the 2011 Match and now has 40 residents in the four-year residency program. All rotations take place at Magee.

    The residency program is designed and continually re-evaluated to offer an optimal balance between academic/scholarly activities and clinical experience acquired through the supervised care of patients. All residents are required to complete a research project. The results of their efforts are presented at the Department's Research Day held in May of the R3 year. Many residents also present their work at national and regional conferences and go on to publish in peer-review journals. Residents give presentations at multiple Departmental conferences during their training. Graduates of the program possess excellent skills at creating and giving presentations.

    Residents participate actively in the care of Outpatient Clinic patients (resident clinic), fulltime faculty private patients, and clinical faculty (private physicians) private patients. Residents participate in patient care based upon level-specific learning objectives. All patients are available for resident participation. All physicians with privileges at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC are expected to participate in resident training.

    Residents play a central role in educating other medical trainees. All University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine third-year medical students do their required Obstetrics and Gynecology core clerkship at Magee. Residents are integral to the success of this clerkship. Residents teach each other in formal and informal settings. To ensure that trainees acquire medical education skills, residents participate in a “Resident as Teacher” session as part of the core curriculum.

    The program curriculum integrates simulation training into many aspects of education. Simulation activities are targeted to help residents optimize their learning curve during patient care. Residents participate in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery program and become certified. Residents participate in robotic surgery simulation, including virtual reality training (equipment on-site at Magee). Residents work with simulated patients to refine communication skills. Residents participate in the inter-professional Obstetric Crisis Team Training course to develop crisis teamwork, communication, and organization skills in a full-scale human simulation setting. The program integrates many other simulations to develop resident clinical skills.

    In September 2014, our training program was ranked as one of the top 3 Obstetrics and Gynecology residency programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Doximity.
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    Training Start/End Dates & Orientation Information Back to top
    The Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program's academic year starts on June 20 and ends on June 19 every year. Orientation for our matched first-year residents is approximately a full working week prior to the official start date and is mandatory.

    The early start allows for graduating residents to take the written board exam on the last Monday of June and to make the transition to their new position or fellowship at the end of training.
    About Magee Back to top
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    Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is the obstetrical and gynecological teaching hospital of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The hospital is adjacent to the medical school and its other teaching hospitals, as well as the undergraduate campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

    Magee is a world-class center for women’s health and is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for gynecological care. It is one of UPMC's specialty hospitals and is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. UPMC is a genuinely integrated health delivery system and operates more than 20 academic, community, and specialty hospitals and 400 outpatient sites, employs more than 3,500 physicians, and is the largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania with more than 62,000 employees.

    Over 10,000 babies are born at Magee each year, accounting for 45 percent of all births in Allegheny County. The inpatient obstetrical and gynecological service includes 360 total licensed beds including 74 neonatal intensive care unit beds (66 Level III, 8 Level II), 22 LDRPs, 134 Med/Surg beds, 110 obstetrical beds 110, and 20 ICU beds. In addition, Magee has 20 Transitional Care Unit beds. The ambulatory care units and emergency services for obstetrics and gynecology are conveniently located in the hospital. In a one- year period, there are approximately 52,000 patient visits to the Outpatient Clinic and neighborhood satellite clinics. During the last academic year, there were 11,625 obstetrical deliveries including 3,389 cesarean sections (C/S rate = 29%) and more than 14,000 patients who underwent major or minor gynecological surgical procedures conducted.

    The Emergency Department underwent a complete renovation in January of 2014 and now consists of 22 private rooms, a large workstation for residents and providers, and a new resuscitation room to manage all forms of obstetrical, gynecological, and medical emergencies. In addition, an ultrasound machine and technician are present in the ED 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There were over 23,000 ED patient visits during the last academic year of which 35% were obstetrical or gynecologic visits.

    Additional facilities and services include:

    1. A dedicated ob/gyn ultrasound unit (sonographers are all obstetrician gynecologists)
    2. A reproductive genetics unit
    3. An onsite library with staff and expertise to pull articles and perform literature searches
    4. Extensive clinical, basic, and translational research resources (including the Magee-Womens Research Institute)
    5. Multiple on-site simulation tools and programs
    6. Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills Certification Training for Residents
    7. Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) located approximately one block from the hospital; the full service multidisciplinary medical simulation center of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.
    8. Dual-console robotic gynecologic surgery
    9. Backpack virtual reality simulator for the second robotic console
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    Salary, Benefits & Parking Back to top
    Detailed information on salary, benefits, and parking at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program can be found here.
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    Resident Contract Overview Back to top
    "In Accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the NRMP's Match Participation Agreement Between Institutions and the NRMP, programs are expected to provide complete and accurate information to interviewees, including a copy of the contract the applicant will be expected to sign if matched to the program and all institutional policies regarding eligibility for appointment to a training position. The information must be communicated to interviewees in writing prior to the rank order list certification date. To meet this requirement, we ask that you review the information found on our web site prior to your interview with any of our training programs."
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    Application Back to top

    Our program is a participant in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). All applicants to our program must apply using ERAS as no paper applications will be accepted. The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences only sponsors J-1 visas. International medical graduates (IMGs) can contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for the application materials and should reference the document below for information pertaining to the departmental requirements for IMGs.

    Completed ERAS applications consist of:

    • ERAS Common Application Form
    • Personal Statement
    • Photograph
    • Minimum of Three Letters of Recommendation (with one letter being from the Chair)
    • MSPE
    • Official Transcript of Grades (from all medical schools attended)
    • USMLE Scores Step 1 and Step 2, both CK & CS scores. The program "prefers" that both CK and CS scores are submitted before you are offered an interview but they are "required" before submission of our rank order list to NRMP

    All application materials must be submitted via ERAS. The deadline for receipt of all ERAS application materials is October 1. Your ERAS application will be reviewed by members of our Admissions Committee. All applicants will receive an email from our Admissions Committee by October 15 to inform you as to whether or not you have been invited for an interview.

    A note to all fourth-year students who participate in an away elective with our department: Application materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee. In order to be offered an interview, students who have completed these electives must meet the same criteria as other applicants to the program.

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  • ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)
    USMLE Requirements Back to top
    To be eligible for an interview, applicants must have passing scores on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, both CK & CS scores. The program "prefers" that both CK and CS scores are submitted before the applicant is offered offered an interview but these scores are "required" before submission of our rank order list to NRMP.
    Interviews Back to top

    Decisions for interviews are based on an applicant's entire application. To be eligible for an interview, applicants must have passing scores on USMLE. Once a decision for interview is made by the Admissions Committee, applicants will be informed via email as to whether or not he/she is invited for an interview. With the high volume of applications received each year, it is not possible for our Admissions Committee to review all of the completed files immediately upon receipt of the MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation). Applicants may not hear from us regarding the Admissions Committee's decision until the middle of October, so please be patient.

    Interviews are by invitation only. Applicant interviews will be conducted on the following dates:

    Saturday, November 8, 2014
    Saturday, November 15, 2014
    Saturday, December 13, 2014
    Saturday, January 10, 2015

    As a courtesy to our faculty and to applicants who are on our waiting list, we ask that you notify us at least one week in advance if you need to cancel your interview with us.

    On average, we receive 500 applications from both U.S. medical students and international medical graduates each year for our ten first-year positions. We interview approximately 90 applicants over the course of the four interview days. Out of our current resident class, 33% were elected to AOA with approximately 1% having participated in a fourth-year Ob/Gyn elective at our institution. Approximately 75% of the graduates from the past five years of residency have pursued an academic career.

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    Fourth Year Elective Information Back to top
    Fourth-year students who participate in an away elective within our department: In order to be offered an interview, students who have completed an elective within the department must meet the same criteria as other applicants to the program. All application materials will be reviewed by our admissions committee.

    Contact Person:
    Dee Dee Greenawalt
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    Relocating to Pittsburgh Back to top
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    Pittsburgh is a rejuvenated community nestled at the junction of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania. It boasts three professional athletic teams, the Steelers, the Pirates, and the Penguins, not to mention the strong local support of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. It has marked cultural diversity from the collection of Old Masters in the Carnegie Museum of Art or the Broadway musicals presented by the Civic Light Opera to the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Recreational activities are easily accessible including camping and hiking in nearby State and National Forests, fishing and boating on the three rivers and surrounding lakes, whitewater rafting in Pennsylvania or nearby West Virginia, or downhill skiing an hour's drive from the city on Laurel Mountain. The city is a patch-work of ethnically diverse neighborhoods with a very reasonable cost of living and an open and friendly populace. Pittsburgh is a "big" little city where both urban sophisticates and small town folks can easily feel at home.


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    Alumni Back to top
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    Please email updates for our Alumni List to Diana Brucha. Thank you.

    Contact Information
    Diana Brucha
    Academic Manager, Residency Training Program
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