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
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.