Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program
Message from the Chair
Allan S. Klapper, MD
Our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program participates in the long tradition of academic excellence enjoyed by West Penn Allegheny Health System, located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Our two academic medical centers, Allegheny General Hospital and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh have served the region since 1886 and 1848. Our three community hospitals, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg General Hospital in Canonsburg, and Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, provide the highest level of care and service to their communities.
As a system and as individual hospitals, we annually receive numerous recognitions for excellence, including Allegheny General being listed among America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital being the first in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania to achieve Magnet Recognition® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Research at WPAHS is second to none with several prominent resources, including the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) that coordinates more than 6,000 medical professionals in the study of breast and bowel cancer treatment and prevention and our Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, founded in 1913 with a major emphasis on translational research. Some of the NSABP's most prominent research in breast and colorectal cancer care has been conducted at Allegheny General Hospital.
West Penn Hospital obstetricians have been leaders in medical education since John M. Duff, MD, Professor of Obstetrics at West Penn along with 12 West Penn physicians founded the Western Pennsylvania Medical College on October 5, 1885. In the spirit of their tradition, West Penn Hospital provides excellence in maternal and infant care for more than 3000 births annually, and the 45-bed Level III NICU at West Penn is a major regional referral center for sick newborns, admitting more than 700 ill newborns annually from western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program at WPAHS, sponsored by the Allegheny General Hospital - Western Pennsylvania Hospital Medical Education Consortium, is a fully accredited, four-year training program that enrolls five residents in each academic year. Residents receive extensive training in a structured educational environment in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology as well as primary care, and they graduate with a strong knowledge base and the clinical/operative skills necessary to practice independently, competently and compassionately.
The departmental curriculum has been developed in compliance with the special requirements of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). Our residents are educated through a structured program of clinical experience and didactic training covering the essential concepts of OB/GYN. This educational experience has been designed around the Core Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology as formulated by CREOG and is geared around the core competencies of medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning, professionalism and systems based care.
Our faculty and staff are committed to creating an educational environment that will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professionalism that are necessary to the successful practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Residents are given increasing levels of responsibility, appropriate supervision, formal instruction and a comprehensive didactic program in order to achieve their goals and elicit the best from each individual.
We invite you to visit our department and explore the many opportunities that our program has to offer.
Thank you for your interest in our training program.
Allan S. Klapper, MD
System Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology
West Penn Allegheny Health System