Residency Training Program
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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 support and guide resident physicians in acquiring the knowledge and clinical acumen required to provide outstanding care in gynecologic and obstetrical practice in a collegial environment.
The program offers an intense exposure to General Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialties of:
- Family Planning
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
- Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
- Sexual Medicine
- Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstruction
We are committed to learning from, caring for, and to equally valuing all members of our community, irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, abilities and political views.
Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics are located thirty-five miles south of San Francisco on the campus of Stanford University. Stanford Hospital is a world-renowned tertiary care facility with over 600 patient beds, 20 inpatient operating rooms and an outpatient Surgery Center with 37 operating rooms. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is a 300,000 square foot facility adjacent to the main hospital and contains a state-of-the art Labor and Delivery Suite with 10 private rooms, three operating rooms and an antenatal monitoring unit. The neonatal intensive care unit is adjacent to the Labor & Delivery suite and provides all modern neonatal facilities, including ECMO.
Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are currently undergoing massive expansion projects which started to phase in new facilities.
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 are encouraged to manage their own patients as If they were in their own practice group of 7 residents. Interns begin clinics in September 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 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. including Grand Rounds and an M+M conference.
Additional regularly scheduled conferences include:
- Annual summer surgical boot camp
- Joint perinatal conference with MFM and neonatology
- Weekly Multi-disciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board
- Benign Gynecology Pathology teaching conference.
- Separate preoperative teaching conferences for: Gynecology, Urogynecology and Gyn-Oncology.
- REI 2-hour didactic conference, including a journal club and IVF conference.
- Family Planning monthly journal clubs and uses the Ryan Program Curriculum
- Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Training" with testing for FLS certification
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 and is presented at the annual department Resident Research Day. Many residents present their research at national conferences. Some residents chose to participate and complete multiple research projects. Residents have completed both clinical and basic science projects within MFM, REI, Gyn Onc, Family Planning, Urogyn and benign Gyn. Residents are supported to present their research at national meetings.
Through a broad global network of faculty colleagues and associates, residents have the opportunity to spend their elective time in a wide variety of international settings. The Global Outreach for Faculty and Residents (GoFar) Stanford is a departmental program that helps support residents, fellows and faculty in global outreach in the field of Ob/Gyn in education and service delivery. Residents can apply for grant support for global experiences on their elective rotation. There are additional opportunities with SPIRES, the Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services, which focus on areas of reproductive health in developing countries working with local non-governmental or academic institutions. We strive to provide mentored, intensive experiences during these electives aimed at providing the resident with an authentic in-country experience.
We consider family planning – provision of contraception and abortion – an essential aspect of comprehensive women’s reproductive healthcare. ACGME requires abortion training be integrated into residency training programs. As such, family planning training is integrated into clinical rotations starting in the first year. Through our Ryan Program, our residents reach competency in first trimester abortion by end of intern year with exposure to second trimester abortion starting in the first year and throughout the four years.
The Department currently offers subspecialty fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM), Gynecologic Oncology, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urogyn), Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), Family Planning. These fellowships are viewed as enhancement to resident education and provide opportunity for exposure to fellowship community and research opportunities.
Professional, personal and research mentorship is very important to our program. Each intern has a chief mentor, each class has an assigned class mentor, and everyone chooses a faculty mentor to meet with quarterly- with the opportunity to renew or switch mentors on an annual basis. Additionally, we have a Speed Mentoring event each fall where residents have the opportinity to meet with faculty from a variety of departments to discuss reasearch interests and foster research mentorships and opportunities.