I am pleased to introduce you to the residency program for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The residency program is a fully accredited, university-based, comprehensive four-year program. Residents are exposed to the full range of obstetric and gynecologic subspecialties under the supervision of eighteen full-time faculty and 3 part time faculty members committed to resident education.
The primary hospital for education is the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Residents do a total of 12 months of rotations at Harrisburg Hospital, located approximately 12 miles from Hershey. Harrisburg Hospital provides an exposure to a different patient population and an introduction to community practice. The educational program is based on the educational objectives created by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). During the first year, residents are exposed to the basics of our specialty, including active participation in the operating room. During the next two years, residents participate more in the subspecialties and spend time at Harrisburg Hospital. This also includes exposure and participation in Robotic Surgery at both facilities. Finally, during the fourth year, residents are expected to manage services in obstetrics, general gynecology and gynecologic oncology. The general gynecology block includes Minimally Invasive Surgery and Urogynecology. During the entire four years, weekly didactic time is protected and a night float system is in place to both augment and facilitate learning.
Overall, the departmental mission is to become the clinical, educational and research resource of choice for all women of Central Pennsylvania and their health care providers. As a residency program, we strive to teach our resident colleagues the basic and advanced skills necessary to not just practice obstetrics and gynecology, but to become the consultant of choice in their community and to keep the way open for further study in the advancement of women's health care. Doing so in an environment that is busy and demanding, but not exhausting, makes this program unique. Our residents make it exceptional. We are looking for strong candidates and I look forward to meeting with you in the future.
We participate in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Interviews are granted to exceptional candidates following receipt of a complete ERAS application. Our interview process spans from December through January. Interview sessions are typically 1/2 day beginning either in the morning or afternoon. The session will begin with welcome from current residents. Our Chairman, Dr. John Repke provides an introduction to the program. You will then have individual interviews with faculty members, fellows, and residents.
The candidates upon accepting the invitations to interview are sent specific instructions from the Program Coordinator outlining the interview day. They are asked to report to room C3626 to begin the interview day.