Curriculum

The curriculum features rotations in obstetrics and gynecology with exposure to all subspecialty areas. While most of our educational opportunities take place on the Danville campus, we have several other sites available to our residents to obtain additional experiences.

Residents are required to complete at least one research project by the end of third year. The projects are presented during our annual research event and must be worthy of submission to a peer-reviewed journal. In addition to the annual CREOG exam, residents take a mock oral exam during each year of residency.

A final learning opportunity that enhances the resident's academic experience at Geisinger is the popular programs for both third-and fourth-year medical students, providing house staff the chance to supervise and teach in their own specialty.

Didactics
Mortality and morbidity reviews for both OB and GYN services enhance both resident and faculty learning and result in exceptional patient care. Grand rounds, Thursday morning didactic lectures, and journal clubs round out the experience with protected time prioritized and built into the schedule.

Continuity clinic
Patients are seen at Geisinger Medical Center for all aspects of their obstetrical and gynecological care. Residents have continuity clinic for a half-day session each week during their training. Additionally, the department maintains subspecialty clinics in gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urogynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.

The environment

Residents in the OB/GYN program at Geisinger are exposed to a variety of unusual clinical challenges given the vast referral base of the hospital. This, coupled with the outstanding reputation the medical center has in the community, guarantees a four-year experience that results in an outstanding education. Gynecological cases are abundant with several operating rooms functioning five days a week. Additionally, Geisinger is well-prepared for the volume of both normal and high-risk obstetrics it handles, with 24-hour anesthesia and neonatology services. We also have a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit.

Sample curriculum
13-block rotation schedule

First year
3 blocks gyn
4 blocks OB
1 block gyn/onc
2 blocks night float
1 block MFM
1 block critical care medicine
1 block ultrasound

Second year
4 blocks gyn
4 blocks OB
2 blocks gyn/onc
1 blocks night float
1 block MFM
1 block uro/gyn

Third Year
2 blocks gyn
2 blocks OB
3 blocks gyn/onc
3 blocks night float
1 block MFM
1 block uro/gyn
1 block REI

Fourth year
4 blocks gyn
4 blocks OB
1 block gyn/onc
1 block night float
1 block MFM
1 block uro/gyn
1 block REI