Residency Curriculum

In addition to clinical rotations, the residency curriculum includes lectures and additional didactic learning, a research project, and teaching experience.

Protected educational time

We pride ourselves on a didactic curriculum grounded in evidence-based medicine.

obgyn-residnecy-lectureOur structured lecture schedule divides the year into four modules, with each module lasting approximately three months. Lectures are held every Wednesday from 7-9 a.m. Every lecture is recorded, and videos are available to our residents online.

  1. Obstetrics
  2. Gynecology
  3. Reproductive Endocrinology / Primary Care
  4. Oncology

At the completion of each module, we assess residents’ strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the annual in-service examination (CREOG).

Our curriculum also runs in a two-year cycle composed of a 101 and 201 lecture series. The two-year cycle allows every resident to go through the schedule twice while also supporting our commitment to evidence-based medicine, providing the flexibility to adapt the material to changes in medical practice.

The first year, 101, covers the basics that every ob/gyn resident will have to be proficient in. The second year, 201, introduces even more complicated material to enhance the fund of knowledge of our learners.

In addition to the core educational lecture series, protected teaching time for our residents includes:

  • Journal Club: Led by Dr. Molly Stout, these monthly meetings residents firsthand to the process of critical thinking and integrating evidence-based medicine into their clinical practices.
  • CREOG review: The month of January is devoted to CREOG review with sessions that supplement our formal lectures.
  • Simulations: Obstetrical simulation is offered throughout the year in a high fidelity simulation center with a multidisciplinary group of participates to improve knowledge of obstetrical emergencies and communication between team members during obstetrical emergencies.
  • Summer School: Residents are taught the cornerstones of resident education: Communication, feedback and teaching. These interactive sessions are extremely valuable and fun!
  • Surgical Series: This monthly series begins in the summer and continues throughout the year. Topics include Patient Positioning, Fluid Management and Suture Choices. The series is led by Dr. Scott Biest, a well-respected teacher and surgeon and director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

Our state-of-the-art surgical simulation room is located directly across the hall from the residents’ work room.

Research training

With the strong tradition of biomedical research at Washington University, we integrate research training throughout the residency help our residents master basic concepts of research. Working with a faculty mentor, all residents complete a research project that culminates with a presentation at the Rothman Research Day. Participation is required by the end of the fourth year of residency, but all residents are invited to participate each year. The experience provides residents an understanding of how to evaluate good research in medical literature and utilize it in their subsequent careers.

Teaching and mentoring

Our residents and faculty have a wide range of backgrounds and interests. We all, however, share an enthusiasm for teaching our skills to others. We expect all residents to contribute to the education of their fellow residents, as well as the medical students who are a part of our clinical services. “Residents as teachers” sessions are routinely incorporated into the protected educational time.

Our outstanding chief resident teacher is named annually by a vote of the medical students and receives a cash award. The faculty and chief residents are evaluated annually by the housestaff and outstanding teachers are recognized at the June graduation banquet. A desire to contribute to the education experience is a prerequisite to an appointment as a resident.

Each incoming intern is matched with a faculty mentor to help ease their educational and social transitions. Residents may choose an additional research mentor depending on their interests.

Clinical training

The format of the four-year program is as follows:

  • Year 1: 12 months of multi disciplinary experiences
  • Years 2-4: 36 months of progressive responsibility in ob/gyn, including one year as Chief Resident

Applicants starting immediately after medical school graduation will have first year experiences in HIV clinic, colposcopy, teen clinic, reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, ob/gyn, gynecologic oncology, genetics and ultrasound.

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Application process

Medical school graduates can enter the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program immediately after graduation, applying through ERAS or ECFMG.

How to apply