Residency Training Program

Maurice Druzin, M.D. Program Director
Kate Shaw, MD - Associate Program Director

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine offers a four-year residency training program designed to offer a broad exposure to all aspects of the health care of women.  The goal of the program is to aid resident physicians in acquiring the knowledge and clinical acumen required to provide outstanding care in gynecologic and obstetrical practice in a collegial environment.  The four-year program offers an intense exposure to General Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the subspecialties of Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstruction, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, and Family Planning, contraception and abortion. Residents also gain exposure to the role of the Ob/Gyn as a provider of primary care for women.

Rotation Schedule
The sequence of assignments has been planned to ensure that residents have increasing responsibility and autonomy in patient management. The rotations are divided into 5-week blocks.  The PGY-1 year includes rotations in Obstetrics, Ultrasound, Gyn. Clinics and Gynecologic Oncology. Other rotations include REI and Emergency Medicine. The PGY-2 year includes extensive rotations in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Gyn Oncology. During the PGY-3 year extramural rotations are conducted at El Camino Hospital, a private community hospital. This rotation is designed to complement the extensive experience in benign gynecologic surgery at Stanford. The PGY-3 year also features a call-free elective where residents are encouraged to be creative and develop electives to meet their individual goals as physicians. The PGY-4 year is spent entirely at Stanford with the resident functioning as the chief of the respective clinical services. 

PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4
Obstetrics
2 blocks
Obstetrics
2 blocks
Private Gynecology
2 blocks
Obstetrics 
2 blocks
Gynecologic Oncology
2 blocks
Gynecologic Oncology
2 blocks
Gyn. at El Camino 
2 blocks
Gynecology
2 blocks
Ultrasound/REI
1 block
Gynecology 
2 blocks
Night Float
2 blocks
Gynecology Clinics
1 block
Night Float
2 blocks
Night Float
1 block
Call-Free Elective
1 block
Women’s Health
1 block
Gynecology Clinics
2 blocks
REI
1 block
Outpatient
Medicine/Family Planning
1 block
Gynecologic Oncology
2 blocks
Emergency Room
1 block
Obstetrics Float
2 blocks
Jeopardy
2 blocks
Elective 
1 block
      Night Float
1 block

Call Schedule - 80 hr. Work Week
Residents create and administer their own call schedule. On average, residents take three calls each month and have one call free weekend to enjoy the S.F. Bay area. There is a 3-person night float team. Night Float rotation is six nights per week, Sunday-Friday.

Continuity Clinic
Stanford offers a true continuity clinic experience where residents are identified as the primary care giver for the same group of patients throughout their residency. Residents perform about 80% of their continuity clinic deliveries themselves, but this is not required. Adherence to the 80 hr. work-week is required. Residents are encouraged to manage their own clinics as If they were in their own practice. Interns begin clinics in January of their PGY1 year.

Conferences, Lectures and Seminars
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides a rigorous educational program for the residents, students, and faculty. The residents are provided with four hours of protected teaching time every Monday from 8:30AM to 11:30AM. Grand Rounds, which is conducted by a wide range of speakers, including national leaders in Obstetrics and Gynecology, takes place 7:30 to 8:30AM. During the first eight weeks of the academic year, all residents participate in a hands-on comprehensive surgical training course to prepare them for the procedures they will be performing in the coming year. The balance of the time is used for resident presentations at the M&M conference and to cover the comprehensive resident education curriculum. Every Wednesday all residents meet with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist for fetal monitoring strip review and labor and management conference.

Regularly scheduled collaborative conferences include a perinatal conference held jointly with the neonatologists, and a weekly Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, held jointly with the Divisions of Radiation Therapy and Medical Oncology.  The Division of Gynecology also holds weekly preoperative teaching conferences for all surgeries.  The REI Division has a 2-hour didactic conference, including a journal club and IVF conference.

Research Projects
Residents are required to complete a project with one of the departmental faculty members, or to initiate an independent project under the guidance of an affiliated department within the School of Medicine.  Each project is expected to be summarized in a report suitable for publication. Current research interests include gene expression in human granulosa cells, autoimmunity and endometriosis; growth factors and their role in maternal physiology and fetal development; preterm labor; pregnancies complicated by SLE and immunologic disorders; recurrent pregnancy loss; antenatal fetal testing; pregnancies complicated by hypertension and preeclampsia; tumorigenesis and the immune system; uterine vessel embolization for intrapartum hemorrhage and various factors impacting IVF pregnancy rates. The MFM Division has been appointed to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit Network sponsored by the NICHD.

International Health
Faculty have developed a program in fistula repair surgery in Eritrea. In addition, residents travel to Guatemala for two weeks every other year and perform gynecological surgical procedures under faculty supervision. The department has an educational relationship with Hospital de la Familia in Juarez, Mexico and are developing a relationship with Khon Kaen University in Thailand for resident participation.

Fellowship Training
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology encourages residents to pursue additional subspecialty training.  The Department currently offers subspecialty fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Family Planning. These fellowships are viewed as enhancement to resident education.

Teaching Faculty

Department Chair
Jonathan Berek, M.D., M.M.S.

Residency Program Director
Maurice Druzin, M.D., Professor

Division of General Gynecology
Paul Blumenthal, MD,MPH, Chief
Paula Hillard, MD
Leah Millheiser, MD
Kate Shaw, MD, MS
Linh Tran, MD
Deirdre Lum, MD

Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Oliver Dorigo, MD Chief
Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS
Nelson Teng, MD, PhD
Jing Wang Chiang, MD
Lisa Lee, MD
Shannon MacLaughlan-David, MD
Mickey Hu, PhD

Fellows
Elise Simons, MD
Jocelyn Chapman, MD
Gina Westhoff, MD

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Valerie Baker, MD, Chief
Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD
Ruth Lathi, MD
Amin Milki, MD
Lynn Westphal MD 
Jack Huang, MD, PhD

Fellows
Candice Perfetto, MD
Stephanie Gustin, MD
Ioanna Comstock, MD

Division of Family Planning
Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, Chief
Amy Voedisch, MD
Kate Shaw, MD, MS

Fellows
K. Christenson, MD
Anna Altshuler, MD

         

Division of Urogynecology
Bertha Chen, MD, Co-chief
Eric Sokol, MD, Co-chief
Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD  

Fellows
Monica Richardson, MD
Jing Yura, MD                               

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics
Yasser El-Sayed, MD, Chief
Maurice Druzin, MD Natali Aziz, MD
Yair Blumenfeld, MD
Usha Chitkara, MD (Emeritus)
Jane Chueh, MD
Mark Boddy, MD
Deirdre Lyell, MD
Kristina Milan, MD  
Nihar Nayak, PhD
Amen Ness, MD
Amy Voedisch, MD

Fellows
Sarah Osmundson, MD
K. Brookfield, MD
Katharine O'Malley, MD                                                        

General Obstetrics
Laura Brodzinsky, MD
Caroline Bowker, MD
Susan Crowe, MD
Cynthia Detata, MD
Kay Daniels, MD
Jeff Faig, MD
Kimberly Harney, MD

Reproductive Biology and Stem Cell Program
Renee Reijo Pera, PhD, Director
Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD
Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS
Bertha Chen, MD
Mickey Hu, PhD
Aaron Hseuh, PhD
Nihar Nayak, PhD
Nelson Teng, MD, PhD

Application and Interview

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology accepts five residents at the PGY-1 level, and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All applications from individuals who have completed or are completing requirements at an accredited medical school will be considered. A limited number of outstanding individuals will be granted personal interviews at Stanford.  Although senior electives in the department are not required for application, interested students should direct their inquires to the Director of the Medical Student Clerkship in care of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

                  Medical Clerkship Director
                  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
                  Stanford University School of Medicine
                  300 Pasteur Drive, Rm. HH333
                  Stanford, CA  94305-5317
                  650-497-7570

The department participates in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).  To apply for Residency, contact your Dean’s Office.  Paper applications will not be accepted. The deadline for submission of electronic applications is November 1st of each year.

For further questions, call Jackie Signor at (650) 498-7570

Foreign medical school graduates should write to:

                  ERAS Program
                  ECFMG
                  P.O. Box 13467
                  Philadelphia, PA  19101-3467
                  USA

Stanford Hospital and Clinics believes that a residency and fellowship program that is composed of individuals who are both highly qualified and diverse in terms of culture, class, gender, race, ethnicity, background, work and life experiences, skills, and interests is essential to the postgraduate education of physicians.  Because of its strong belief in the value of diversity, SHC especially encourages applications from women and from African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and mainland Puerto Ricans, as well as from others whose backgrounds and experience provide additional dimensions that will enhance the postgraduate education program.

Ob/Gyn Residents' Resources

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