Program Overview - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Program Overview

Crozer's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency is a four-year program that accepts three residents per training year. Our distinguished faculty provides a top-notch, comprehensive residency experience that prepares residents to start their careers in specialty and subspecialty training. The program combines the clinical challenges and state-of-the-art technology of a busy tertiary-care medical center with a collegial, supportive environment to offer residents an excellent educational experience.

Our program is based at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, although residents rotate throughout the Crozer-Keystone Health System and have access to area continuity clinics.

Academically, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Crozer is built around a core of board-certified obstetrics and gynecology subspecialists representing gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. All highly regarded in their respective fields, our subspecialists provide consultative services for several area hospitals, creating a rich patient referral network to enhance resident experience. Notably, our distinguished faculty - who are clinicians and researchers in their own right - are actively involved in resident and medical student education.

Early on in the program, our residents are introduced to general obstetrics and gynecology as well as primary care. Progressively, residents are provided with extensive experience in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, high-risk obstetrics, genetic testing and counseling and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Also included in their training: office hysteroscopy, operative endoscopy and radical cancer surgery.

Additionally, our residency program participates in nationwide gynecologic oncology protocols. Residents have access to intradepartmental basic science research labs as well as protected lecture time.

The First Year

The first year of residency gives new physicians an introduction to a wide range of clinical experiences. Residents increase their understanding of general obstetrics and gynecology, with four blocks of each specialty. This educational foundation is enhanced by broad-based clinical rotations in ultrasounds, critical care, emergency medicine, and family medicine.

The Second Year

Residents continue to expand their knowledge and experience during their second year of residency. In addition to increased responsibilities on the obstetric and gynecology rotations, our residents spend two months in a local ambulatory care center. During this rotation, residents provide primary care for a diverse patient population.

The Third Year

Third-year residents receive extensive exposure to the obstetrics and gynecology subspecialties during rotations in maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. During these rotations, our residents work directly with board-certified subspecialties and use the latest technologies to care for complicated obstetrics and gynecology patients. During the third year while on the gynecology service residents develop increasingly complex surgical skills, including experience in laparoscopic procedures.

The Fourth Year

Fourth-year residents complete their education by dividing their time among obstetrics, gynecology, urogynecology and gynecology oncology services. Obstetric and Gynecology chief residents are afforded significant authority in conducting the clinical activities of their respective teams, including coordinating the care of all hospitalized clinic patients and working closely with the private attendings in the care of private patients. Residents gain valuable exposure to a full spectrum of gynecologic cancer treatment options, including radical surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

In all, Crozer’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Programs provide residents with a complete, satisfying and stimulating experience.

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