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Ob/Gyn Residency

We welcome you to apply to our program!

As part of Virtua, a multi-hospital health care organization serving the beautiful suburban neighborhoods of South Jersey, our residency program offers a wealth of educational opportunities and experiences in obstetrics and gynecology.

Our residency program is dedicated to providing continual and comprehensive care to all patients and their families. This is made possible with the extensive experience in all aspects of hospital care, including obstetrics, gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and emergency medicine.

Mission Statement
Our OB/GYN residency program has adopted Virtua Health’s mission statement of Be Well, Get Well, and Stay Well. We are dedicated to bringing life into the world and improving women’s health in the southern New Jersey region and beyond while educating the future experts and leaders in our field. Our residents will be committed to learning not only the science of obstetrics and gynecology, but also the art of patient care.

Vision
The goal of our program is to supply our residents with the tools, knowledge, and skills to provide competent, evidence-based care to women from all walks of life. Residents completing our program will enter their careers with an attitude free of bias, hierarchy, and ego. They will be skilled in functioning in team-based care that promotes effective collaboration and communication with all levels of providers, thus cultivating an environment that puts patient safety first. Our program is part of a health system whose strength lies in leadership development and community service. The residency experience will train leaders in the field who will go on to identify and improve health care disparities, system deficiencies, and public health concerns in their communities. 

Why Choose Virtua OB/GYN?
Virtua OB/GYN has a large volume of high-risk deliveries and surgical procedures. We are a growing health system with a diverse population and vast opportunities. We have dedicated faculty who have years of experience in training medical students and residents in a team-based environment. Our hospitals have a number of employment opportunities in the area for when the residents complete their residency. We offer not-for-profit status for student loan deferral and forgiveness. We welcome you to explore our program further.

More info about the ob/gyn residency

Residency Facilities

As a resident in the Virtua OB/GYN Residency program, you will have the unique opportunity to work at two Virtua hospitals:


  • Virtua Voorhees, Voorhees, NJ
    Virtua Voorhees Hospital focuses on the emergency, surgical, and medical needs of adults with a separate adults-only emergency room and a wing exclusively for complex adult surgery performed in state-of-the-art operating suites. All hospital rooms are private and family friendly, with an area for someone to stay comfortably overnight. There is a wing devoted to women and children. The hospital provides a warm, welcoming, and healing environment while promoting personalized service and enhanced healing through the use of light, space, and technology. The hospital is entirely digital via our sophisticated EMR system, EPIC, which includes computerized order entry and physician documentation. Our EMR is shared across all Virtua-owned outpatient offices and hospitals. 
  • Virtua Memorial, Mt. Holly, NJ
    Virtua Memorial Hospital is renowned for its expertise in advanced surgical and medical care. Virtua Memorial is the only full-service hospital with obstetrics and maternity care in Burlington County. The Special Care Nursery for newborn babies at Virtua Memorial earned the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence in 2020. The hospital is entirely digital via our sophisticated EMR system, EPIC, which includes computerized order entry and physician documentation. Our EMR is shared across all Virtua-owned outpatient offices and hospitals.

Salaries and Benefits

Salaries:
    PGY1    $59,300.80  
    PGY2    $61,651.20  
    PGY3    $63,524.84
    PGY4    TBD


Other benefits include:


CME: $1,500 & 5 days (all years)


Vacation: 20 PTO days for PGY1


Health: Medical, dental, and vision coverage for resident and dependents with minimal employee contribution. This medical plan is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families. It provides an opportunity for reduced administrative costs.


Professional Liability Insurance: Coverage for resident rotations (occurrence plus policy).

Miscellaneous:
  • 2 lab coats (optional laundry services)
  • On-call meals
  • One-time state licensure and permit fee
  • Up to $1,000 in one-time moving expenses
  • Child daycare facility near the Voorhees campus (all residents eligible)
  • BLS, ACLS, and NRP training

Interview Season 2021

We will be accepting applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). For the 2021 academic year, because we are a new program, our application deadline will be extended to Dec. 15, 2020. We will hold interviews this year in a virtual format in accordance with the guidelines put out by Council of Resident Education of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We will have one interview date in November, two in December, and three in January. 

Virtua OB/GYN Residency Criteria
 
To be considered by Virtua OB/GYN Residency for a PGY1 position:

  • All applications must come through the ERAS. 
  • No faxes or emails will be accepted. No applications will be pre-screened.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. Virtua will not sponsor applicants for employment visas.
  • The date of medical school graduation cannot exceed five years prior to the academic year.
  • USMLE/COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 must have a passing score.
  • Applicants must be graduates of LCME-approved schools.
  • All applicants must be interviewed before being accepted.

For international graduates:

  • ECFMG certifications must be complete.
  • There is no US clinical experience requirement, but it is preferred.
  • The CSA must be taken and passed on the first attempt.

How do I apply?
All applications for a PGY1 position must come through ERAS. Our program is a participant in The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
 
What does the interview day look like?

  • Interviews are conducted weekly from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (approx.)
  • Program overview
  • Interview with faculty, staff, and program director
  • Tour of facilities

What should I do to prepare for my interview?

  • Please ensure that all documentation is uploaded to ERAS (i.e. three letters of recommendation, dean's letter, medical school transcripts, USMLE/COMLEX scores, personal statement, ECFMG certificate, CV, etc.).
  • Make sure you visit the residency webpage and social media page.

What should I do the day of my interview?
Interviews begin promptly at 8 a.m., so plan to arrive 15 minutes early. You will be provided the location and address at the time you arrange your interview. For the 2021 recruitment year, interviews will be held in a virtual format. Details will be provided once you are invited to interview. 

Are walk-ins welcome on the day of the interview?
Walk-ins will not be interviewed. The residency program requires that documents be submitted in full through ERAS. Careful consideration is applied to each candidate's documentation packet prior to their invitation and arrival for their interview. If you are interested in the program, please take the proper steps to apply through ERAS, as this will be the only way that your candidacy will be considered.

Curriculum

PGY1
The goal of the intern year is to introduce the basics. In obstetrics, residents will gain knowledge in the normal physiology of pregnancy and management of the normal labor process; perform uncomplicated vaginal deliveries and cesarean sections; ultrasound in low-risk patients; and triage routine complaints during pregnancy. In gynecology, the residents will expand their knowledge of the normal menstrual cycle, contraception counseling, and management of vaginitis; and perform minor procedures such as LEEP, hysteroscopy, and basic laparoscopy. The residents will rotate through not only our outpatient offices – gaining exposure to subspecialty areas like maternal-fetal medicine and FPMRS – but expand their knowledge in primary care by rotating in a family medicine outpatient office. The continuity clinic will be a month-long rotation in which patients are shared amongst their class. The patients will mainly be uncomplicated OB patients, routine GYN, and family planning. During the second half of the year, the resident will be asked to identify a mentor and a research idea. 


 Rotations:  
 Family Medicine  
 Antenatal Testing Unit/Ultrasound  
 Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery  
 Ambulatory  2 months
 GYN   2 months
 OB (1 month at Voorhees, 1 month at Memorial)  2 months
 Maternal-fetal medicine  
 Night float  
 MICU/Path  


PGY2
The second year will be focused on learning how to manage abnormal presentation and more complex surgical cases. In obstetrics, the resident will learn the management of abnormal labor and medically complex pregnancies and perform repeat cesarean section. In gynecology, the resident will participate in more advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic cases, learn the principles of robotic surgery, and be exposed to gynecologic oncology and REI. On the night float rotation, residents will begin to gain more independence in management of patients and, while at Memorial, exercise some autonomy while caring for patients. During their ambulatory month, the residents will begin to see more medically complicated patients, perimenopausal/post-menopausal patients, and complex OB patients. This year, the resident will work with his/her mentor to develop a research idea and perform a literature search. The idea, background information, and research design will be presented to the faculty toward the end of the year. 

 Rotations:  
 Maternal-fetal medicine 2 months
 Night float 2 months
 Ambulatory  2 months
 GYN 2 months
 OB (Memorial)  
 GYN oncology 2 months
 REI  



PGY3
The PGY3 year is designed to develop and present an opportunity to display leadership skills. The resident will have the chance to be a chief on the maternal fetal medicine service and GYN. The resident will build on medical knowledge in regard to management of complex patients in obstetrics and gynecology. Surgical skills will be developed in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery. We also offer an elective rotation this year. The resident will work on implementing and finishing his/her research idea. The finished product will be presented at our research night in the spring.


 Rotations:  
 GYN oncology  
 Maternal-fetal medicine/OB   
 GYN (2 months at Memorial, 1 month at Voorhees)  3 months
 Ambulatory   2 months
 Night float (1 month at Memorial, 2 months at Voorhees)  3 months
 OB (Voorhees)  
 Elective  



PGY4
The last year of residency will be focused on developing supervision and teaching skills of junior learners in addition to perfecting their ambulatory and procedural skills. Residents will act as chiefs for each of the rotations. In addition, they will participate in the more advanced surgical procedures in the subspeciality areas, such as REI, FPMRS, and GYN oncology. Residents will have the opportunity to submit their research projects to various publications or present at meetings to increase their academic scholarship.  


 Rotations:  
 Ambulatory  2 months
 REI  
 Night float (1 month at Voorhees, 2 months at Memorial)  3 months
 OB (Voorhees)  2 months
 GYN (1 month at Voorhees, 2 months at Memorial)  3 months
 Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery  
 GYN Oncology  

FAQs

What is the volume and surgical experience?
Virtua Health system performs more than 7,500 deliveries between the Mount Holly and Voorhees locations. The system performs over 1,000 major gynecological procedures a year. Residents will be exposed to a vast number of patients and surgeries. 

What will the call schedule be like?
Our program will institute a night float system that will cover the hospitals during the week from Sunday to Thursday. The weekend coverage will be provided by residents who are not on night float. The weekends will be split as follows: Friday call will be 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday. Saturday call will be a full 24 hours, ending at 7 a.m. on Sunday. The same team that covered Friday will return Sunday a.m. and stay until night float arrives that evening. Residents will average about one to two calls a month.  

Are there any other residency programs at Virtua?
Yes. Virtua has a well-established family medicine residency program. In addition, there are residencies in dental, pharmacy, and podiatry. Our hospitals host residents from other institutions in the emergency room, pediatric surgery, and urology. In addition, Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital hosts internal medicine residents from other institutions.

What is the volume of high-risk obstetrics?
With 7,500 deliveries a year, you are guaranteed to have a high-volume, high-risk experience. Our residents from the intern year rotate with our maternal-fetal medicine physicians learning ultrasound, fetal assessment, and management of complex pregnancies. 

What teaching responsibilities will the residents have?
We host students from both Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical Center. A student is assigned to both the OB and GYN services, including night float. The residents also will have a chance to interact with advanced provider trainees, such as midwifery, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students. 

How much cesarean, forceps, and VBAC experience will the residents have?
The residents cover all cesarean sections. Our system averages about 2,000 deliveries a year by cesarean section. Operative deliveries always have a resident involved. We average about 300 operative deliveries a year. 

Will residents have their own continuity clinic?
Our program will have a unique continuity clinic rotation. It will be a month-long ambulatory rotation, where residents will follow a panel of patients along with their classmates – very similar to how the “real world” functions. The residents at the beginning and end of their rotation will sign out to their classmate who is following them. To maintain continuity, the clinic month is followed by a month of GYN, allowing the resident to operate on the patients they worked up during their ambulatory rotation. 

Is there a research requirement?
Yes. We have created a very simple roadmap for residents to achieve the end result of a research project. In PGY1 year, a topic or idea will be identified by the end of the year. The resident will work with a research mentor to perform a literature search in the PGY2 year. In PGY3, the resident will implement his/her research project and present its success at our research night. In the PGY4 year, the resident will have time to present his/her project at conferences and also submit to publications for review. 

What type of didactics sessions are there?
For half a day a week, the residents will meet with the core faculty for didactic sessions. The session will be held in different formats, such as traditional lectures, small group sessions, flipped classrooms, and group simulations. 

Is there a journal club?
Yes. Each subspecialty rotation will have a journal article review session held with the faculty and the residents on that rotation. In addition, the program will host a department-wide journal club in a social setting led by the ambulatory team and guided by a faculty member. This will serve to not only promote growth of knowledge, but also allow the residents to get to know the faculty on a personal level. 

What facilities will I have to go to as a resident?
The residents will cover two out of five hospitals in the Virtua system. Our primary site is Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Residents will spend 26 out of 48 months at this location. Our secondary hospital site is Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. Residents will spend 11 out of 48 months at this location. The residents will get a one-month elective. The remaining time is spent rotating through office settings in GYN oncology, FPMRS, MFM, family medicine, and the OB/GYN resident’s office. 

Is there an elective rotation?
Yes. The elective month is in the third year. Residents can work with the program director to choose and appropriate rotation for their interest. 

Is moonlighting allowed?
No. Under no circumstances is moonlighting allowed.
 

Leadership and Core Faculty

Leadership:


Dr. Kelli Daniels
Kelli Daniels, MD
Residency Program Director, Department Obstetrics and Gynecology
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati Medical School, Dr. Daniels completed her resident training at Drexel University/Hahnemann Hospital. She served as the Program Director for the department of OB/GYN at Hahnemann University Hospital prior to its closing in 2019. She has received multiple teaching awards, including the CREOG National Faculty Award for Resident Education in 2017. When not at work, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family. 
“I love the congenial and collaborative culture here at Virtua that is fostered from the top down. I’m really excited to be a part of this opportunity to train and teach Virtua OB/GYN residents.” 


Dr. Dipak Delvadia
Dipak Delvadia, DO
Site Director, Virtua Voorhees Hospital 

A graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Delvadia completed his residency at UMDNJ School of Medicine. He has spent his entire career in medical education, and has a special interest in global medicine, minimally invasive surgery, and research. He served as the Associate Program Director at Hahnemann University Hospital from 2006 to 2019. In his spare time, he likes to travel and stay in touch with friends and family. 
“What I like about Virtua is the culture of teamwork within a large medical group. Everyone has the support needed to do their job.”


Dr. Minda Green
Minda Green, MD
Site Director for Gynecology, Virtua Voorhees Hospital
Dr. Green completed her medical school, residency training, and fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital. She served as the Assistant Fellowship Director for MIGS at Drexel until 2016. She has an interest in gynecologic surgery. Dr. Green has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the APGO and SASGOG awards. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dining, and traveling. 
“I am inspired by the collaboration and innovation that goes along with being able to provide comprehensive medical care for women.” 


Dr. Nicole Lamborne
Nicole Lamborne, MD, MBA
Medical Director for Women’s and Children’s Services
Dr. Lamborne completed her medical school at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and her residency at Cooper University Medical Center. She has primary oversight for the safety and quality of women’s services throughout the organization and works to ensure Virtua provides a healthy learning environment at both Virtua Voorhees Hospital and Virtua Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lamborne has championed Virtua’s initiatives to improve maternal outcomes while providing supervision of practice patterns and trends, CMS indicators, and Joint Commission standards.
“Virtua’s culture fosters progress and innovation. The focus of the organization is on the future for medicine and for our community. I love being part of a forward-thinking health system!”


Dr. Michelle Salvatore
Michelle Salvatore, MD
Site Director, Virtua Memorial Hospital

Michelle Salvatore, MD, has served as the site director for Drexel University College of Medicine students and Jefferson OB/GYN residents at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly since 2018. Dr. Salvatore has been in academic medicine, teaching medical students and residents, since 2003. Previously, she was course director for the UME Women’s Health Course and OB/GYN teaching core faculty at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.  
“As a busy mother of three teenage boys, working as an academic laborist at Virtua has allowed me to balance family and career.”  
“Mindset is everything: Be positive, be happy, and don’t forget to breathe.”

Dr-Amy-Zehnder
Amy Zehnder, DO
Site Director, Obstetrics at Virtua Voorhees Hospital/Laborist

Dr. Zehnder graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed her residency at St. Luke Hospital. She has been a physician at Virtua for 10 years and has been a laborist for five. She truly enjoys teaching residents and medical students. When not working, you will find her spending time with her husband, two kids, dog, and seven chickens, or at the shore.
“Focusing on obstetrics and working exclusively on the labor floor has allowed me to do what I truly love doing every single day.” 


Core Faculty:


Dr. Randolph Deger
Randolph Deger, MD
Lead Educator for Gynecologic Oncology

A graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Deger completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been in clinical practice for over 27 years and has held various academic appointment in different institutions. 



Dr. Luisa Galdi

Luisa Galdi, DO
Core Faculty/Generalist OB/GYN

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Galdi completed her residency training at Reading Hospital. She has an interest in minimally invasive surgery, is NAMS certified, and is a master trainer in Team STEPPS. 


Dr. Ashley Parker
Ashley Parker, MD
Core Faculty/Generalist OB/GYN

Dr. Parker completed her medical school training at Drexel University College of Medicine and her residency at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She has interests in PAGS, minimally invasive surgery, and diversity and inclusion. 


Dr. Shailen Shah
Shailen Shah, MD
Lead Educator for Maternal Fetal Medicine 

Dr. Shah completed his medical school, residency, and fellowship training at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is board certified in Maternal Fetal Medicine and has mentored numerous residents and fellows throughout his career. 


Dr. Kristine Whitmore
Kristene Whitmore
Lead Educator for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

A graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Whitmore completed her residency in urology at UCLA. She served as Chair of Urology and Director of FPMRS from 2007 to 2019 at Drexel University. She founded and served as Fellowship Director for FPMRS from 2009 to 2019 at Drexel. She has multiple publications in the field and has served as a mentor to countless fellows and residents.