Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency


  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Residency

Program Length

4 years

Program Type

  • On Campus


Applicant Information

Current Residents

Each year, we are proud to accept seven of the brightest, future OBGYN leaders into the Thomas Jefferson University Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency program. Our residents exemplify our department’s diversity, representing a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and interests.

Learn why our residents chose Thomas Jefferson University for their OBGYN residency and what inspires them as they pursue their passion for helping others through medicine.

Cecily Barber

Adrian Chiem, MD
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

When I applied to residency, I looked for a few things in particular: 1) a diverse patient population that appropriately reflects its location, 2) a supportive and familial vibe among the residents, 3) a dedication to comprehensive Family Planning, and 4) a clinical education provided by both OB/GYNs and midwives in tandem. Jefferson has all those things. As Philadelphia's healthcare landscape continues to shift, I feel beyond lucky to be with a group of residents who are looking to grow and step up to the plate to provide just and equitable reproductive care.

Tracy Chen

Celeste Chitters, MD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

There are so many factors that go into choosing the right residency program. For me, Jefferson had everything I was looking for clinically: a rigorous clinical training, robust family planning experience and a very diverse patient population. After the interview day and meeting the residents, I felt like I had found a place where my co-residents would become my friends and chosen family which was also of the utmost importance. I saw how much the residents cared for each other and I knew that I would fit in well and enjoy my four years. It was very important to me to find a program that not only would help me become a competent and confident clinician but also a place where I could grow as a person and enjoy my time in residency. I think I have absolutely found that. 

Patience Gallagher

Santosh Coorg, MD
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Piscataway

Even through virtual interviews, the camaraderie and determination of everyone I met at Jefferson was practically tangible. Not only did I want to work and learn with these individuals, but I wanted to be friends with them. I was struck by the focus on the Philadelphia community, and knew if I trained at Jeff, I'd be well prepared to help women from all walks of life. Through clinical experiences such as the Jefferson Latina Clinic, or Planned Parenthood, I am eager to work with women who had previously been overlooked by the medical system. I couldn't be happier to be at Jeff! 

Shanaye Jeffers

Angela Frankel, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

Jefferson was the perfect match for my residency for many reasons. Jefferson boasts an incredibly supportive and tight-knit community. My co-residents share a commitment to working with underserved communities, and are passionate about incorporating a social justice framework throughout their approach to patient care. Jefferson is also unique for the multitude of opportunities offered in Family Planning, scholarly research, advocacy, as well as subspecialty exposure. One of my leading motivations for pursuing Ob/Gyn is providing abortion care, and Jefferson provides a longitudinal family planning curriculum woven throughout all 4 years of residency, which will allow me to provide comprehensive family planning care confidently after graduating from residency. Finally, I was incredibly excited to work with and learn from midwives who provide a patient-centered approach to caring for pregnant patients on labor and delivery. For all of these reasons, I’m incredibly grateful to have a home here!

Maryam Khan, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

When interviewing for residency, I was seeking a few key characteristics, all of which Jefferson fulfilled. Coming from Texas, I knew I wanted to train at an institution with a strong foundation in family planning training that was committed to the continuous pursuit of reproductive justice. Jefferson is a Ryan Program, and many faculty members here are committed to providing equitable reproductive healthcare. Jefferson also serves a diverse and underserved patient population, though this presents many challenges, it also provides an opportunity to advocate and care for some of the most marginalized in Philadelphia. A unique aspect of this program is that we spend a significant amount of time learning the art of labor and delivery from midwives. Everyone has been supportive of my learning and growth thus far, and I'm so incredibly happy to be a part of the Jefferson family!

Kelly Mizraji

Megan Raymond, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Being raised in the Philly area, I was so excited to be able to return for residency and be close to friends and family. Jefferson is an academic hospital with a community hospital feel. Being located in the heart of Center City, we serve a patient population truly representative of the diversity of Philadelphia, and it is a privilege to serve this community. We work closely with our midwives who are deeply embedded with the underserved patient communities through their work with the Philadelphia Health Centers. I have an interest in research and high-risk pregnancy care and Jefferson's residency program works very closely with the renowned Maternal-Fetal Medicine department and the MFM fellows. Becoming competent at family planning was also a goal of mine for residency, and we have ample clinical opportunities rotating through Planned Parenthood and the Philadelphia Women's Center. It is an exciting time to be at Jefferson, as we expand our opportunities for gynecologic surgery exposure at Methodist Hospital in South Philly in addition to our Center City location, and I'm excited to see the program grow even more over the next four years. 


Dante Varotsis, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

I chose Jefferson because of the faculty and the residents. You will work a lot of hours with these people, and you want to have friends and role models surrounding you. Also, I am undecided about my fellowship path (or not doing one) and I wanted exposure to everything, while also having the ability to go into anything. I have been connected with a mentor in MFM/Medical Genetics as an intern! I also wanted strong, well-rounded generalist training, which I think is a massive strength here. Jefferson's use of EPIC as its EMR and having the two primary clinical sites where residents work 10 min from each other also made training here very appealing as it is nice to not have to travel far to work and being able to utilize the same EMR. I feel very fortunate to be at Jefferson.

Laura Baldaji-Garcia

Sarah Abelman, MD
Yale Medical School

I always knew I wanted to go to a strong academic program that could support me if I decided to do a fellowship, and I love Philadelphia as a city with so many different neighborhoods to explore and lots to do. When I interviewed at Jefferson, I was struck by how supportive the environment is. The residents aren't just friends, but a real support system, and the program leadership clearly cares so much about the residents' wellbeing. That was one of the most important things for me in choosing a residency, so seeing that Jefferson had such a supportive culture really sold me on the program!

Kristina Masi

Alison Gruber, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine  

I applied to Jefferson because it is a great program in Philadelphia (where I currently live). I had heard great things about the program from Jefferson medical students and students who did away rotations there. I was attracted to training at Jefferson as I was looking for an academic program in a city with a strong emphasis on teaching and education and the ability to do research and apply to Fellowship if I wanted.

Farnaz Farhi

Melanie Hotz, MD
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

I applied to Jefferson because I have always loved Philadelphia and knew I wanted to move back to the Northeast for residency. I was drawn to the Jefferson program because of the inclusive nature that was so apparent on my interview day. The faculty all wore rainbow pins in support of the LGBTQ+ community, and diversity was clearly an important value at Jefferson. The residents and faculty seemed like a big family that invests in each other's success. I am so excited to now be a part of the Jefferson family for my OBGYN training.

Cheryl Godcharles

Victoria Keiser, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

I was initially attracted to Thomas Jefferson because it is an academic program in a large, urban area with a mission to serve an under-served population. I wanted a program that produced strong generalist OBGYNs, but also fostered and encouraged fellowship opportunities if I decide to go that route. I was also interested in the Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research (MATER) program, which aligns with some of my research interests in substance use in pregnancy. On my interview day, I already felt like part of the Jefferson family. The residents made me laugh, were genuinely interested in me as a person, and made Philly sound like an amazing place to live and work! The volume and diversity of patients that Jefferson affords was unlike any other program at which I interviewed. I am so excited and grateful to be able to train at such an amazing program!

Abigail Nelezen, MD
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

I was attracted to Thomas Jefferson for their OBGYN residency because of the long-standing history of care and support for the LGBTQ+ community, at both the university level, but also in Philadelphia as a whole. Thomas Jefferson also has an extremely comprehensive Family Planning division that integrates reproductive justice and abortion care into the fabric of the program, something that was extremely important to me as a future provider. I couldn’t be happier that I have been picked to train at Thomas Jefferson University.

Brent Monseur

Jennifer Rich, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

After having completed my medical education at Jefferson, I am thrilled to be staying at Jefferson for residency! Not only does Jefferson provide excellent training for both future generalists and fellowships, but the program also allows residents to grow as leaders in the field. As a student, I was struck by how warm and collaborative the environment is within the residency program, and knew it would be a community I could be supported in and thrive in. Furthermore, I love the patient population Jefferson serves, as well as the opportunities to explore fields such as Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology and Family Planning. Philadelphia is also the best city, so I am happy I never need to leave!

Alison Strochak

Tara Sulur, MD
University of Michigan Medical School—Michigan Medicine

I chose Jefferson because it was everything I wanted in a training program. I could see how passionate the residents and faculty were about the people and community that they serve. Residents were encouraged to explore their passions in medicine and to be innovators. I loved the exposure to diverse training and educational experiences. I knew I would get amazing training as an OBGYN while learning how to be an advocate for my community.

Lauren Campbell

Victoria Adelwale, MD
University of Virgingia School of Medicine

When choosing a residency, I realized that residency is hard no matter where you go, but what makes Jefferson so wonderful are the people I get to do it alongside! From the chiefs to my fellow interns, from the department to the house staff, I felt that I would be supported in every way!

Jennifer Doorey

Joy Fatunbi, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

One of the best things about being a resident at Jefferson is having the privilege of taking care of diverse patient populations. Jefferson patients’ are diverse in every aspect, including but not limited to, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status and acuity of medical conditions, making Jefferson a great place to learn and train.

Laura Felder

Kavisha Khanuja, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood JohnsonMedical School

I was initially drawn to Jefferson due to the opportunity to work in a high-acuity, academic program in a large city. However, it was my interview day that exposed me to the supportive and caring environment that exists amongst residents and faculty, as well as the passion for serving a high-risk and diverse population that resides in Philadelphia. I am so proud to be part of the team of Jefferson OBGYN residents.

Talia Maas

Katrina Marcinkowski, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School

I knew I wanted to come to Jefferson after meeting the residents, faculty and staff. There is a real sense of community within a professional, academic learning environment. That has held true since starting intern year. The residents really function as a family; we respect each other and have each other’s backs. The faculty is full of excellent mentors and are incredibly supportive. I cannot imagine a better group of residents and faculty than here at Jefferson!

Amanda Paternostro

Makenzie Perdue, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

While applying to residencies, I chose to stay at Jefferson (former SKMC graduate) because of all the amazing people and the department’s collaborative environment. All of the attendings at Jefferson provide a lot of education and support while also providing a space for resident autonomy, which I found to be very unique to this program. I also love Philadelphia and I can’t imagine training anywhere else.

Shelly Sood

Simone Reaves, MD
University of Virgingia School of Medicine

I love being at Jefferson because I enjoy the diverse patient population that we serve and the great team of residents, fellows and attendings that I have had the opportunity to work with. I can truly say that my fellow co-interns and co-residents are some of the most caring, supportive and intelligent people I know. Finally, I appreciate being able to live and work in such a vibrant city. Philly is a fantastic place to train.

Aref Senno, MD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

When I visited Jefferson, I was impressed by the passionate and supportive faculty. Although I am leaning towards becoming a generalist, I know that I can pursue any fellowship due to the great depth of attendings we work with. The other people in my program are equally hard working and wonderful, it has been so easy to integrate into the Jefferson family!

Danielle Tsevat, MD
Ohio State University School of Medicine

When I interviewed for residency, I knew it would be important to me to find a program that is both supportive of training strong generalists and preparing residents for fellowship, and I loved that Jefferson values both and will prepare me well for whichever path I choose. I also felt very welcomed by everyone who I met at the interview and, now that I am a resident here, I am constantly inspired by my co-residents as well as the midwives, fellows and attendings I get to work with every day. Finally, I appreciate the patient population we get to care for at Jefferson, caring for some of the lowest-resource and highest-risk patients in Philadelphia.

Molly Amero

Molly Amero, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

The strong training and academic opportunities available to us as residents are huge benefits of our program, but the sense of community is what really drew me to Jefferson. Since beginning intern year, I felt immediately welcomed into a close-knit and loving family of residents. These amazing people who I get to spend time with in and outside of the hospital make coming to work that much better!

Julia Burd

Julia Burd, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jefferson is a wonderful place to train. The environment is incredibly supportive, simultaneously emphasizing clinical excellence, research opportunities and wellness. We are able to take excellent care of our patients, from the beautiful clinic space to the only Methadone stabilization program for pregnant women in Philadelphia. And, of course, Center City is an amazing place to live and work!

Connie Cao

Connie Cao, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

While interviewing, I was looking for a supportive residency program in a walkable city with great food and diversity, and Jefferson has it all! The residents and attendings at Jefferson are friendly, focused on wellness and prioritize education and learning. Philadelphia has so much to offer, including tasty restaurants and homey neighborhoods to explore; there's never been a better time to become an Eagles fan!

Karley Dutra

Karley Dutra, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

When I came to Jefferson for my interview I was struck by how warm and friendly the attendings and residents were. Since starting residency, that environment has absolutely proven to be widespread within the department. My class is supportive and full of so many diverse personalities. The upper-year residents made my transition to residency smooth, with everyone pitching in for the good of the team. I couldn't be happier that I am going through my residency at Jefferson.

Arielle Effron

Arielle Effron, MD
New York Medical College

When I interviewed, I enjoyed visiting and getting to meet people who were actually interested in getting to know me too. I enjoy coming to work each day at Jefferson because of the people I get to work with. I feel supported by my fellow residents, especially my co-interns, who have become a new family for me. Every day is a new adventure and, regardless of who or what is involved, I never feel alone in and outside of the hospital.

Linda (Zimeng) Gao

Zimeng (Linda) Gao, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

When I was interviewing at Jefferson, I was struck by how friendly and supportive all the residents were, and now that I'm a resident, I find that it's all true – we support each other through the highs and lows.

Kelsey Ward, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine

Being a resident at Jefferson has been both challenging and exciting – the services are busy, with many opportunities for gaining new skills and learning complex patient care. I was welcomed into the program with open arms, providing resources to help me acclimate and navigate patient care in a new setting. 

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster, MD
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

I came to Jefferson for the supportive and enthusiastic team of attendings and residents, the strong Maternal-Fetal Medicine division and the chance to explore a new city, but I’m also so grateful to have found a lovely co-intern class that shares my passions for birthday donuts, wellness happy hours and caring for women throughout their lives.

Nimali Weerasooriya, MD
Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

I like that Jefferson is a strong academic institution with a solid gynecologic surgery volume in the heart of Center City. The residents are supportive and friendly which is important in residency. The program also gives residents exposure to OBGYN in community hospitals, which creates a well-rounded experience.