Curriculum

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  • The PGY-1 year introduces the first-year resident to the basics of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In labor and delivery, the resident manages laboring patients and performs vaginal and Cesarean deliveries for private and clinic patients alike. In Gynecologic Surgery, the resident develops technical skills in hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, laparoscopic tubal ligation, and other basic procedures. In the clinic and on L&D, the resident performs vaginal and abdominal ultrasounds, and must pass an oral exam with an MFM attending.

    On the Allentown campus, the first-year resident has a more diverse role, moving freely between the OR, Clinic, and L&D. This freedom often makes the Allentown rotation a personal favorite, because it mimics the diversity that many residents look forward to in their future careers. The surgical ICU rotation allows interns to become familiar with critical care issues in the ICU and helps prepare for managing complicated patients.


    Specialty Number of Weeks
    Labor and Delivery (Bethlehem Campus) 8-12
    Night Float 4-8
    Ob/Gyn (Allentown Campus) 12-16
    Gynecologic Surgery 4-8
    Clinic 12-16
    ICU 4
  • PGY-2 is a time to further develop one's obstetrical skills, such as complex repeat Cesarean sections and operative vaginal deliveries. The PGY-2 resident also becomes a mentor for the first-year residents, especially on Labor and Delivery. His or her surgical training in the main OR broadens to include abdominal hysterectomies, laparoscopic procedures, laparotomies, and other operations. During this year, the resident is introduced to the floor care of the Gynecologic Oncology service. The knowledge and experience gained from the ICU rotation in Year 1 proves extremely valuable. Our Gyn-Onc attendings provide additional teaching, with an emphasis on preoperative and postoperative management of the Gyn-Onc patient. Our PGY-2 residents average four 24-hour calls a month.


    Specialty Number of Weeks
    Labor and Delivery (Bethlehem Campus) 8-12
    Night Float 4
    Ob/Gyn (Allentown Campus) 8-12
    Gynecologic Surgery 4-8
    Clinic 8-12
    Oncology 8-12
  • PGY-3 is devoted to the sub-specialty services of OB/GYN. On MFM, in addition to caring for high-risk patients, the resident performs amniocentesis and complex ultrasounds including Doppler studies. On gynecologic oncology, the resident spends more time in the OR assisting and performing pelvic dissection both by laparotomy and laparoscopy. Our Urogynecology rotation is well-known as a strong component of the residency program. The resident learns both medical and surgical management of pelvic relaxation disorders and graduates with confidence in performing cystoscopy and many types urogynecologic procedures. On REI, the resident works with one of two busy practices which includes a private REI lab. While on REI rotation, the resident also manages a weekly REI and Menopausal clinic. Dr. Anasti conducts a weekly one-on-one teaching session with each REI resident, drawing on his extensive experience and guiding each resident through a self-study program. Our PGY-3 year residents average three 24-hour calls a month.

    Finally, an elective month allows the resident to foster other medical interests or concentrate on their mandatory research project. For more information on the research requirement, please visit our section on Research and Publications.


    Specialty Number of Weeks
    Research 4
    Night Float 4-8
    Ob/Gyn (Allentown Campus) 8-12
    REI 4
    Uro-gyn 8
    Oncology 8-12
    MFM 8
  • PGY-4 is a time to take on a more supervisory role. Whether in L&D, clinic, or gynecologic surgery service, the chief resident oversees and directs the day-to-day operations of these areas. In the OR, the resident hones his or her technical skills in minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic hysterectomies and complex pelvic dissections. Over 85 percent of our hysterectomies are now performed either vaginally or laparoscopically. Residents train with traditional laparoscopic instruments and with the da Vinci® Surgical System. An office-based rotation prepares the resident for private practice. Our PGY-4 residents average two 24-hour calls per month.


    Specialty Number of Weeks
    Night Float 4
    Clinic 8-12
    Gynecologic Surgery 8-12
    Ob/Gyn (Allentown Campus) 8-12
    Labor and Delivery (Bethlehem Campus) 8-12
    Office 4