Residency Program Introduction

Residency Program Introduction


Resident Group Photo-2015

The Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at the University of Virginia Health System provides residents the clinical and educational environment to ensure that upon completion of training, they will have acquired the knowledge, technical skills, and judgment necessary to function independently as obstetrician-gynecologists. We accomplish this through a carefully structured and supervised training program that meets the educational objectives of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology while incorporating the unique clinical opportunities of our Department. As the educational focus of the program is upon preparedness for independent practice, it is expected that all graduates will achieve certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Our goal is that our graduating residents will be thoroughly prepared for the practice of general obstetrics and gynecology, either in private practice or in academic positions, and that those who choose to pursue subspecialty training will be competitive for highly selective fellowships. Historically, 60% of our graduates pursue private practice, 20% follow careers as academic generalists, and 20% pursue subspecialty training. Resident learning is promoted by a lecture and conference series that consists of didactic presentations by faculty, resident-led seminars, and journal club, in addition to Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality conference. In order to foster scholarly inquiry, our program includes a required original, self-initiated research project that is presented at the beginning of the fourth year. Elective time is provided during the third year for each resident to pursue a special research or clinical interest, and multiple opportunities exist to collaborate with faculty in their ongoing research.

Our department prides itself on the quality of the education we provide. This extends not just to our residents but also to the students of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The student clerkship is highly regarded, as are the fourth year electives offered in Ambulatory Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Weeknight call is taken by a three resident night float team.  This team works Sunday night through Friday night, 5:30 PM until 6:30 AM, and has full responsibility for the management of all inpatient services. [Weekend call is taken in 3 blocks of roughly 12-14 hours each; Saturday day shift, Saturday night shift and Sunday day shift]  Our program is fully committed to the duty hours guidelines of the ACGME (, and all rotations and call are designed to be in complete compliance.  Attending physician in house coverage at all times is a given; backup coverage for gynecologic oncology and maternal-fetal medicine is also scheduled.