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Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Clinical, Research & Didactic Training

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers a rewarding and comprehensive academic and clinical experience across three different sites in the fast-paced environment of New York City.

Our departmental faculty work alongside residents in high-volume clinical settings, research and quality improvement initiatives, didactic lecture series, and in both formal and informal mentorship pairings. Our diverse patient population and high-acuity training environment provide residents with a broad range of experiences that help them achieve their professional and educational goals. Procedural and clinical simulations are a key part of the learning experience, as are didactic sessions that focus on maintaining wellness and developing as educators.

Our residents help direct the course of our training program, ensuring that everyone thrives in the training environment. They participate in our monthly education committee meeting and regularly contribute to quality assurance debriefs and other high-reliability organization (HRO) initiatives at all sites. They sit down regularly with their team of program directors to provide feedback and set goals for improvement, and they participate in monthly town hall–style meetings with departmental leadership. Three administrative chief residents serve as leaders and representatives of the residency program in postgraduate year 4 (PGY-4), alongside an appointed education chief; a quality improvement chief; a diversity, equity, and inclusion chief; and a wellness and recruitment chief.

Clinical Training

Our three principal training sites are NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. Together, these distinct clinical environments offer incredible exposure to a diverse group of faculty and patients. Residents learn to adapt to a broad variety of clinical and social experiences, and they are consistently exposed to expert subspecialists and collaborative care teams across all sites.

Our residents regularly work in teams throughout their training, where they hone their ability to take ownership, develop surgical skills, and improve clinical decision-making under the guidance of academic faculty within the department. Each of our block rotations lasts five weeks, and a sample schedule is included below.

Block Rotations by Postgraduate Year

Rotation PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4
Block 1 Tisch Hospital Obstetrics Maternal–Fetal Medicine Bellevue Gynecology Tisch Hospital Obstetrics
Block 2 Ultrasound/Tisch Hospital Nights Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility/Tisch Hospital Nights Vacation/Jeopardy/Bellevue Nights Tisch Hospital Gynecology
Block 3 Bellevue Gynecology Reproductive Choice Tisch Hospital Gynecology Bellevue Nights/Vacation
Block 4 Vacation/Bellevue Nights NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Nights/Vacation NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Obstetrics Oncology
Block 5 Tisch Hospital Gynecology NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Gynecology/Tisch Hospital Obstetrics Bellevue Nights/Vacation Bellevue Obstetrics
Block 6 NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Obstetrics Oncology Elective/Tisch Hospital Nights NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Gynecology
Block 7 Tisch Hospital Nights/Vacation/Tisch Hospital Swing Vacation/Elective/NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Nights NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Gynecology Surgical Jeopardy/Vacation
Block 8 Bellevue Obstetrics Tisch Hospital Obstetrics/Ultrasound Bellevue Obstetrics Clinic
Block 9 NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Gynecology Urogynecology Tisch Hospital Nights/Vacation/Jeopardy Bellevue Gynecology
Block 10 Bellevue Nights/Vacation Tisch Hospital Nights/Vacation/NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Gynecology Clinic Vacation/Elective/Bellevue Nights

All residents have early exposure to subspecialty training, as well as a wide breadth of general obstetrics and gynecology throughout all four years. Learners have increased autonomy as they ascend in training and serve as the chiefs of their services in both PGY-3 and PGY-4. NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s obstetrics and gynecology fellowship programs include maternal–fetal medicine, complex family planning, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urogynecology, and gynecologic oncology. Residents regularly collaborate with and learn from fellows in research, clinical, and surgical settings.

PGY-3 residents are encouraged to pursue academic, clinical, or research interests during protected elective time. Many residents choose to complete research projects or publish papers with faculty mentors during this time. Others choose to further explore subspecialty opportunities or participate in our global health partnerships.

NYU Langone faculty are on-site at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra, Ghana, where obstetrics and gynecology residents have the opportunity to pursue a structured global health elective. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at KBTH consists of more than 20 faculty and 50 residents from several West African countries. Physicians on the labor and delivery ward handle approximately 12,000 deliveries per year. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone and KBTH have formed an academic partnership to provide educational and research opportunities for students, residents, and faculty.

Research Training

Our research program combines didactic and experiential learning to ensure that all graduating residents have engaged in meaningful research during their training and are prepared to practice evidence-based medicine throughout their careers.

The Research Mentoring in Obstetrics and Gynecology (RMOG) curriculum is an essential part of all four years of residency. Each postgraduate class meets regularly with faculty members to review research topics of interest. Using each resident’s individual or group research project as a template for reviewing important concepts, trainees learn about hypothesis generation, submitting an institutional review board proposal, managing databases, performing statistical analysis, and manuscript and grant proposal writing.

RMOG faculty members are a committed team engaged in research across the department’s divisions. Based on their research interests, residents work with designated research supervisors and regularly present their findings at local and national meetings. In addition, all residents are expected to present their research to the department at the end of their third year of training.

Didactic Training

A cornerstone of our residency is a unique didactic training program encompassing clinical topics in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as professional development opportunities, residents-as-educators lecture series, a narrative medicine curriculum, and simulation training. Moreover, there are many opportunities at all sites for faculty-guided clinical case reviews, journal clubs, preoperative conferences, and postoperative quality assurance reviews.

Weekly Lecture Series

All residents attend Friday morning didactic sessions, which are designated as protected time. Our clinical lecture series covers essential topics in obstetrics, gynecology, the subspecialties, and primary care. Clinical didactic lectures also focus on preparing residents for the annual Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) exam and the written obstetrics and gynecology boards exam at the conclusion of their training. This time is also allocated for hands-on training in laparoscopic surgery and formal robotic surgery certification, which is formally granted to residents in PGY-4 before graduation.

Case Reviews

A departmental Monday Morning Conference is held weekly, led by residents who present clinical pearls or morbidity and mortality–style reviews of interesting cases encountered at all three sites. All presentations are moderated by faculty and encourage collaboration and dialogue between clinicians at all three sites.

Grand Rounds

Departmental grand rounds are held every Tuesday for faculty, residents, and medical students. Guest speakers and research roundtables are regularly held at this time, and trainees are protected from clinical duties to allow for participation. Please see our calendar of events for more information.

Journal Clubs and Conferences

Journal clubs and preoperative conferences are regularly encountered throughout all rotations at each of our three sites. Faculty and fellows offer weekly didactic sessions and opportunity for discussion and literature review as part of clinical rotations on obstetrics services, gynecologic services, and subspecialty rotations. These sessions are typically attended by residents on the specific rotation but are open to all interested residents, faculty, and students.

Narrative Medicine Curriculum

Narrative medicine refers to the use of reading, writing, and reflection to engage with work and process the experience of being a physician. It helps to enhance empathy and reduce burnout among trainees. Two professional narrative medicine educators give reflective writing workshops on topics related to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology during didactic time throughout the year.

The narrative medicine curriculum aims to help residents decrease emotional exhaustion, promote connections with patients, and form positive professional identities. As a direct result of our residents’ exposure to and continued support of narrative medicine, this curriculum is now in use at six other residency programs across the country.

Faculty Mentoring

Residents meet in small groups with a faculty mentor at least twice a year as part of the “mentor families” program. A formal structure for mentoring is supplemented by informal individual mentoring that occurs through research projects, during career guidance, and between cases.

Wellness Program

NYU Grossman School of Medicine believes that resident learners are developing personally as well as professionally throughout their training, and the education team is committed to supporting them through the challenges of these four years in a healthy and holistic way. Protected weekends and dinners for each class and structured team-building retreats are regularly scheduled throughout each academic year. Rising chief residents always participate in a leadership retreat outside the city with departmental and program leadership. And, chief residents and class representatives work with program directors to plan events for recruitment and retention, disseminate wellness and mental health resources, and design interventions to aid in the escalation of feedback and the fostering of a healthy learning environment.

With a cohort of 10 residents in each class, trainees are also allowed flexibility and autonomy over their own schedule and life planning—with protections in place for paid family leave, sick leave, and major life events.