The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides a rigorous educational program for residents, students, and faculty. The residents are provided with protected teaching time every Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.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

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 and is presented at the annual department Resident Research Day. Many residents present their research at national conferences. Some residents choose to participate in and complete multiple research projects. Residents have completed both clinical and basic science projects within all OBGYN subspecialties. Residents are supported to present their research at national meetings. 

Global Health

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.


Stanford OBGYN 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 an 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 opportunity to meet with faculty from a variety of departments to discuss research interests and foster research mentorships and opportunities.