Department of OBGYN

Our Program

Overview & Mission

Our mission as a training program is to provide intense clinical experience and didactics that impart excellent skills of general ob/gyn, provide opportunities for individualized training that lays the foundation for a fulfilling career in academic medicine, and prepare trainees to serve as leaders and contributors in their chosen fields.

About Our Program

The four-year 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 serves as regional referral center for a large catchment area.
  • A large patient volume and the range of acuity and diagnoses ensure that trainees have outstanding clinical skills and can practice anywhere; trainees develop excellent procedural skills.
  • Magee utilizes non-residents to deliver high volume care that might interfere with resident learning at the appropriate level.
  • The residency program enjoys strong support from department and hospital leadership.
  • Resident input is routinely solicited and integrated to improve the program; a well-staffed residency administration works daily to optimize resident education; and residents meet regularly with the Program Director to discuss the education program.
  • The residency has continued accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
  • The Department offers 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; and, fellows are outstanding role models and mentors for residents.
  • Obstetrical and gynecologic care is a major component of the mission at Magee Women's Hospital; 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 encomprises some elective time which may be used to complete an international rotation: Trainees can continue and/or develop their commitment to women’s health globally during residency.

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 our 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 the Robotic Training Network Curriculum, including Mimic 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.

Contact Information:

Diana Lynn Brucha, C-TAGME
Academic Manager
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3180  

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