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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.

Our department faculty educate residents using a combination of high-volume clinical experience, active participation in research projects, thorough didactic learning, and a wellness program that ensures residents receive the support they need throughout training. Our diverse patient population provides residents with a broad range of experiences that help them achieve their educational goals. Procedural and clinical simulations are another key part of our program.

Our residents help direct the course of our training program, ensuring that everyone thrives in the training environment. They sit on our education committee, which meets monthly, and participate in monthly town hall–style meetings with program leadership. In addition to our administrative chief residents, we have an education chief resident who creates the didactic curriculum.

Clinical Training

Residents receive broad clinical training in general obstetrics, gynecology, primary women’s healthcare, and various obstetrics and gynecology subspecialties. Our trainees are always under the supervision of faculty renowned for their clinical care expertise.

Our training sites include NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Ultrasound Unit—OB/GYN, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System. Together, these settings offer an incredible mix of medical, surgical, sociological, obstetric, and gynecologic experience that cannot be found under the roof of any single institution. Each of our rotations lasts five weeks.

High-Reliability Organization Science

NYU Langone is a high-reliability organization (HRO). High-reliability organization science is the study of organizations in industries that operate under hazardous conditions and where even a small error could prove catastrophic. Applying the lessons of HRO science at NYU Langone and in our clinical rotations enables us to reach levels of quality and safety comparable with the best of high-reliability organizations. In embracing the values and mechanisms of HROs, our aim is not simply to reduce errors but to eliminate them.

HRO fosters a culture that encourages teamwork, problem-solving, learning, and higher levels of performance. In healthcare, an HRO enhances the delivery of safe, high-quality care to patients and is also mindful of the need to ensure safety for all of its faculty and staff.

There are five principles of HROs:

  • preoccupation with failure: proactively expecting and looking for problems
  • reluctance to simplify: expecting complexity and doing deep dives on problems to get at true root causes and identify durable solutions
  • sensitivity to operations: paying attention to what happens on the front lines, as what happens locally affects the institution and what happens at the institution affects the local environment
  • commitment to resilience: developing capabilities to detect, contain, and bounce back from events that do occur; working to improve immediate problems while simultaneously working to create innovative larger improvements
  • deference to expertise: valuing expertise over authority or hierarchy

Clinical Rotations by Postgraduate Year

Postgraduate Year 1 Postgraduate Year 2 Postgraduate Year 3 Postgraduate Year 4
Tisch Hospital Obstetrics Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Jeopardy, Vacation NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn General Gynecology Surgery Tisch Hospital Gynecology Chief
Tisch Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Bellevue Emergency Department Ultrasound Unit—OB/GYN Tisch Hospital, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull Gynecology Surgery Tisch Hospital Oncology Chief
Tisch Hospital Night Float Urogynecology, Vacation Bellevue Gynecology Surgery (General and Oncology) NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Obstetrics Chief
Tisch Hospital Gynecology Family Planning Bellevue Obstetrics NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Gynecology Chief (Oncology and Urogynecology)
Bellevue Gynecology Tisch Hospital Maternal–Fetal Medicine Tisch Hospital Obstetrics Chief Bellevue Obstetrics Chief
Bellevue General Obstetrics NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Gynecology Nights Bellevue Ambulatory Care Bellevue Gynecology Chief (Oncology, General, and Urogynecology)
Bellevue Night Float Tisch Hospital Oncology Tisch Hospital Night Float Bellevue Night Float
Vacation, Jeopardy Tisch Hospital Night Float Elective, Jeopardy Bellevue Ambulatory Care
NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Obstetrics Tisch Hospital Obstetrics Bridge Vacation, Jeopardy Elective, Jeopardy
NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Obstetrics, Gynecology Vacation, VA NY Harbor Healthcare System Gynecology, VA NY Harbor Healthcare System Bellevue Night Float Vacation, Jeopardy

Global Women’s Health Elective

Fourth-year residents have the opportunity to participate in a two- or four-week Global Women’s Health Elective at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), a large public hospital in Accra, Ghana. With a 2,000-bed capacity and 17 clinical units, it is the largest referral hospital in Ghana and the third-largest hospital in Africa. 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 Departments 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. During the two- to four-week elective, residents participate in clinical services with KBTH resident teams.

Research Training

Our research training combines didactic and experiential learning to ensure that all graduating residents have engaged in a meaningful research project 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 training. 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 our divisions. Based on their research interests, residents work with research supervisors and regularly present their findings at national meetings. In addition, all residents present their research to the department at the end of their third year of training.

Didactic Training

A cornerstone of our residency is a rigorous didactic training program in obstetrics and gynecology and its subspecialties.

Weekly Lecture Series

A weekly lecture series covers obstetrics, gynecology, the subspecialties, and primary care. All residents attend Friday morning didactic sessions, which are designated as protected time.

In May and June, chief residents participate in lectures devoted to written boards review. In July, a series of orientation and introductory lectures on topics such as anatomy, gynecologic examinations, and normal labor and delivery are held for the new first-year residents. In December, weekly didactic sessions focus on preparation for the annual Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology exam.

Case Reviews

Junior residents have an opportunity to present interesting cases from their Bellevue rotations each Tuesday.

Grand Rounds and Integrated Rounds

Departmental grand rounds are held every Wednesday for faculty, residents, and medical students. Weekly integrated care rounds are held at Tisch Hospital. Please see our calendar of events for more information.

Journal Clubs and Conferences

The journal club meets at Bellevue every Monday morning. Additional subspecialty journal clubs and conferences on topics such as gynecologic oncology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, maternal–fetal medicine, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility are also part of didactic training. These sessions are typically attended by residents on a 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 also helps enhance empathy and reduce burnout among trainees. Two professional narrative medicine educators give reflective writing workshops on 15 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. Our residents often bring their love of narrative medicine with them when they graduate, and as a result this curriculum is now in use at six other residency programs across the country.

Access to Technology

Our department provides residents with access to facilities that include bibliographic search, word processing, database software, image scanners, and slide production products. In addition, the NYU Health Sciences Library contains up-to-date collections of journals and texts. We also provide computers and online access to residents in designated conference and work rooms at each hospital.

Faculty Mentoring

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

Wellness Program

Our wellness program encourages residents to engage in their work in a meaningful way, support each other through the challenging experience of training, and celebrate their lives outside of training. Residency is hard no matter where you are, but our patients and colleagues make the experience an amazing journey.

Our residents get together to socialize, ensuring that they have a chance to relax. We have a fall family fun day and a winter team-building retreat. In the spring, the rising chief class has a special leadership retreat outside of the city with the department chair and program leadership.

A wellness chief resident works with the program directors to plan retreats and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Wellness Week activities. The wellness chief also serves as an ombudsperson and can direct residents to available mental health resources at NYU Langone.