Program FAQ

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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. We do not offer an international elective experience.

How many deliveries and surgeries are offered?

Our numbers from 2015-2016 showed:

1,798 vaginal deliveries, 835 cesarean sections, and 80 operative vaginal deliveries. In addition, there are also 182 abdominal hysterectomies, 85 vaginal hysterectomies, 97 laparascopic hysterectomies, 115 incontinence and pelvic floor surgeries, 427 laparoscopies, and 126 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 and vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopic procedures.

Does your program have medical student rotations?

Yes. Einstein has relationships with two medical schools: Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia College of Medicine. We have 5 third year students each block. In addition we offer fourth year sub-I rotations..

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?

In the past 10 years we have placed 15 graduates into fellowship training. Five have gone into maternal fetal medicine, four into gynecologic oncology, three into minimally invasive surgery, one in urogynecology, and one into family planning. Two additional residents matched into fellowships and subsequently altered their career plans.

Are there rotations outside of the main hospital in Philadelphia?

Yes. In order to provide our residents with the highest quality educational experience we have established long term (15+ 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, we now have a new major center that is part of our network, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, where our residents gain more surgical experience, especially in urogynecology.

Are residents on call at more than one site?

No. Call is taken only at our main campus Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.

How many vacation days are allotted to the residents?

20 days/ year for vacation

Is there a textbook stipend?

There is no textbook stipend; however the department purchases one major textbook every year for each resident.

Is there a night float system?

Yes. Night float starts on Sunday night at 5:00 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 5:00pm

Does the program provide money for meals?

A meal allowance is provided which is dependent on the number of assigned call shifts.


Is the program ACGME accredited?


Does you program use an Electronic Medical Record?

Yes. Our hospital uses the AECIS electronic medical record system for our outpatient and inpatient documentation.

Are residents able to attend conferences?

Yes. The lead author of the research being presented is eligible for SAFED reimbursement of up to $1500.

Are there fellows being trained in your program?


Are the residents exposed to robotic training?

Yes. The DaVinci robot is used at Einstein Elkins Park, at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery and at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Are the residents allowed to moonlight?

Yes, the residents are able to moonlight at the Einstein Montgomery Campus as needed provided that the resident is in good academic standing and the additional hours do not violate the duty hours limitations.

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 gastropubs. 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 Eagles (NFL), the Flyers (NHL), the Seventy Sixers (NBA), the Phillies (MLB), the Union (MLS). Even arena football, the Soul, and Major League indoor lacrosse the Wings.

Philadelphia has a very rich medical history. The city offers the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Endocrine and Reproductive Society, and the Philadelphia Perinatal Society, which meet on a regular basis throughout the year. Our residents often participate in presenting cases at these events. There is also an annual Resident Education Day that is given by the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia.

Where do most of the residents live?

Many of the residents live in Center City, Fairmount, and Art Museum areas. Others choose to live in the closer suburbs, including Chestnut Hill, or Mt. Airy. Some even live across the Ben Franklin Bridge in New Jersey. All of these neighborhoods are with a 30 minute distance by car or by public transportation.

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