Education & Training

Our training programs offer a variety of clinical and scientific opportunities for motivated learners seeking to grow in an innovative environment.

Focused on the integrated missions of patient care, research and education, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine seeks to develop the next generation of leaders in our field while also supporting continuing education for clinicians, researchers and educators.


Graduate medical education

In addition to teaching and mentoring medical students, our department is home to a number of advanced medical training programs.

Residency: This highly-competitive and nationally recognized program offers residents broad experience in all aspects of women’s care, from a busy clinical service to a number of research opportunities. Residents train in a supportive and collegial environment designed to help each resident reach maximum potential.

Fellowships: We offer a full spectrum of programs that provide specialized training for physicians interested in:


Research training and seminars

Our department is a national leader in both clinical and translational research spanning the breadth and depth of obstetrics and gynecology. The well-funded investigators and diverse research projects within the department provide ample opportunity for research experience for students, residents, faculty and visitors.

Research during residency: Opportunities abound for our residents in basic and clinical research, and research training is incorporated throughout the residency program. This training culminates in a publishable research project, which residents carry out in collaboration with a full-time faculty member, presented at the department’s annual research day.

Research seminars: Several seminar series in basic and clinical research invite faculty, trainees and students to hear WUSM and visiting speakers, share works in progress, and learn about updates on funding sources, publication standards and more.

Clinical and Reproductive Epidemiology: An innovative research training program in clinical and reproductive epidemiology, this two-year T32 program is specifically designed to strengthen the links between women’s health research and traditional epidemiology.

Postdoctoral Training in Reproductive Sciences: This T32 program provides postdoc research training under senior investigators in molecular and cell biological approaches to reproductive biology.

Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP): This two-year program is designed to train obstetrician-gynecologists seeking academic careers in research. Scholars in this program have completed residency and may be pursuing a fellowship.


Professional development

As an institution of higher learning, we are also committed to supporting and advancing knowledge among physicians who have practiced in their fields for years.

Continuing Medical Education (CME): The Washington University CME program offers learning opportunities for physicians, allied health professionals and postgraduate trainees. Courses are offered in seminar format, independent study, by teleconference and online.

Observerships for Visiting Physicians in Gynecologic Oncology: Physicians from outside the United States may apply for the observership in gynecologic oncology. Ranging from one week to six months, the program develops an in-depth appreciation of state-of-the-art approaches to gynecologic cancers and related conditions.