Clinical experience for the resident is provided by over 4,100 deliveries, 4,600 surgical cases and 27,800 outpatient visits each year at White Memorial, Cedars Sinai, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and C.A.R.E. Fertility. The majority of the patient base comes from the hospital's clinic and is the responsibility of the resident staff under direct supervision from attending faculty.
Specialty Care Tower
White Memorial Medical Center is one of the most advanced hospitals in the greater Los Angeles region. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and designed with patient comfort in mind, White Memorial’s new specialty care tower has taken service excellence to a new level. A key milestone was the opening of the new 8-story specialty care tower on April 26, 2006.
Labor and Delivery Unit
Labor and Delivery is located on the third floor of the WMMC Specialty Care Tower and provides service 24 hours/daily. The unit includes a triage for screening of patients, ten labor, delivery and recovery rooms, two delivery/operating rooms, and recovery beds. Access to the unit is by card reader and secured door operation. Visiting hours are 24 hours/day. Patients may have family and visitors in the room while in labor and during delivery. The ancillary staff includes a unit secretary, obstetrical technician, and RNs/LVNs per shift. A warm, experienced nursing staff ensures that patients receive the best care possible.
The Maternity unit is a 24 bed unit with 20 private rooms, 4 semi-private rooms, 2 isolation rooms and a newborn nursery. This unit is located on the Fourth floor of the WMMC Specialty Care Tower, and operates on a 24-hour basis. Access to the unit is by card reader door operation, or calling the unit to give you access. A monitor screen, which is located at the nurse's station views all visitors. Infant security is ensured by the accutech infant security sensor tag placed on every newborn's ankle. Comprehensive postpartum and neonatal nursing care focuses on helping the mother, newborn, and family to achieve optimum health potential. We encourage our mothers to keep their newborns in the room with them. Our visiting hours are 24 hours-a-day. High-risk antepartum patients are admitted to the High Risk Obstetrical unit on the third floor. These are patients requiring inpatient management, but not requiring the specialized management specific to labor and delivery.
The outpatient clinic boasts ample examining rooms in an attractive setting. Patients are seen in regular clinic rooms as well as special procedure rooms featuring equipment necessary for colposcopy, cystoscopy/urognecology, and laser and LEEP procedures. Two ultrasound machines with transvaginal ultrasound transducers are also available. Residents and attending faculty members have a private consult room for case discussion. Electronic patient charting is utilized throughout the outpatient office. Reference books and access to the internet are also available in the consult room.
Courville-Abbott Memorial Library, our main medical library, houses up-to-date collections and the most current technologies. Residents and medical staff have library access on a 24-hour basis. Examples of available services include computerized literature search, interlibrary loans, and photocopying. UpToDate.com is accessible throughout the White Memorial Specialty Tower. The library also offers a special free service called "Current Awareness Service," which allows a resident to choose, on a monthly basis, articles from three library medical journals of his/her interest.
The Zerne-Nakamoto Library was created in 1994 by the founding OB/GYN faculty and dedicated to the OB/GYN residents. It is located in the Labor & Delivery Suite, and offers residents 24-hour access to up-to-date OB/GYN textbooks and journals, interactive educational CD-ROMs, and educational videos.
OB/GYN Simulation Laboratory
The resident’s simulation laboratory is located on the same floor as our birthing suites and is available to the residents at all times. Our current curriculum incorporates simulation laboratory teaching. The obstetrical portion has pelvic models to teach and practice vaginal breech, forceps, vacuum delivery methods and conduct shoulder dystocia drills. The laboratory is also equipped with a laparoscopic video trainer and models for basic suturing and knot tying techniques.