Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency


  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Residency

Program Length

4 years

Program Type

  • On Campus


Applicant Information

Program Structure

The Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Thomas Jefferson University  is designed to provide the highest level of didactic, clinical and research training.

What to Expect

  • Orientation: prior to starting, incoming residents participate in an intensive orientation, which includes hospital-wide training in clinical skills and invasive procedures, a fetal monitoring course and neonatal resuscitation simulation training.  
  • Year One: residents develop competency in basic medical care and Obstetrics & Gynecology.  
  • Year Two: residents focus on subspecialties and plan for a quality improvement or safety project while working in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Year Three: residents develop their own specific interests through designated elective time and completion of a scholarly project.  
  • Year Four: residents transition to a teaching and supervisory role while honing their basic OBGYN and subspecialty skills.

Program Components

The Jefferson OBGYN Residency consists of three main components:

Clinical Experience

Rotations in general gynecology and general obstetrics form the core of the curriculum, supplemented with unique clinical experiences, including a substance use disorder in pregnancy treatment program, a robust four-year Family Planning curriculum and the opportunity to complete robot certification. We also offer third- and fourth-year elective time for residents to pursue particular areas of interest.  

Research Experience

Research is a top priority for our OBGYN department and therefore a top priority for our residents' training. All residents are required to participate in scholarly activity, including a research project presented to the department in the third year. Residents are strongly encouraged to publish their work and present research projects at regional or national meetings. To support resident research, we offer dedicated mentorship, a standardized research curriculum, monthly research meetings and department funding for attendance at national meetings.

Didactic Experience

The didactic curriculum forms the backbone of the program with an extensive and varied conference schedule that residents help create. Protected time is provided for the core lecture series on Thursday mornings from 8-10 a.m., immediately following Grand Rounds. Topics are based upon CREOG learning objectives and follow a two-year cycle of clinical topics so that each resident is exposed to two complete cycles during the course of the four-year training program. Each resident is expected to sit for the CREOG in-service exam each January to evaluate knowledge.   

Program Support

The program structure is supported by mentorship, feedback and evaluation. These components allow residents to make individualized progress through the curriculum.   


All residents are assigned a faculty mentor upon arrival to the program. This mentor meets with the resident to help with academic and clinical adjustment and start the conversation about career choice and pathway. Residents receive feedback from faculty on a daily to weekly basis and meet with residency leadership at least twice a year to review feedback and discuss goals.

Protected Time

To maintain a balanced curriculum, our residents have protected learning time and protected wellness time. Residents have protected learning time every Thursday from 8-10 a.m. for the core lecture series. In addition, residents have protected wellness time for two hours, four times per year, and can use this designated free time for whatever they choose.  

Resident Evaluation

Residents are evaluated at the end of each rotation by the faculty member(s) most familiar with their performance. Every six months, a summative evaluation session is held with the Program Director to review all resident evaluations from faculty members, discuss any concerns and make suggestions for future development.  

Additional Resident Evaluations

  • By medical students every block
  • By patients twice a year
  • By nursing staff twice a year
  • Self-assessment twice a year

Training Sites

OBGYN residents are engaged in clinical rotations at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital sites (TJUH), Jefferson OBGYN Outpatient Offices and freestanding women’s health clinics in Center City, Philadelphia. Our residents gain direct experience with an extremely diverse patient base, including underserved and high-acuity populations. As a large referral center for high-risk pregnancy cases, our residents have unique exposure to many complex  and rare pregnancy conditions, managed by our renowned Maternal-Fetal Medicine division. 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jefferson OBGYN Outpatient Department  
833 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 109107

Methodist Hospital
2301 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Jefferson Health Navy Yard
3 Crescent Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19112