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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Residency Program

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The postgraduate program in obstetrics and gynecology advances six physicians at each level through four years of training. The program is based at Kings County Hospital and The University Hospital of Brooklyn. There are approximately 4000 deliveries and 1700 Gynecologic procedures per year for both sites.

The program is designed to provide the resident with broad clinical training in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology in addition to exposure to the subspecialty areas. Residents are assigned to the "core" obstetric and gynecologic services, as well as the subspecialty areas, including Gynecologic Oncology, Family Planning, Reproductive Endocrinology-Infertility, Urogynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The program is designed to adequately prepare the resident for practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology, subspecialty fellowship, or an academic career.

The department has a substantial commitment to teaching and research. Residents are appointed to the teaching staff of the School of Medicine and participate actively in the medical student teaching program. All residents receive four weeks of vacation per year. The Ob/Gyn Department also pays for any resident who has a research paper to present at a national meeting. Health and disability insurance, scrubs and on-call rooms are provided. Parking is also available for a modest monthly fee.

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Completed applications and credentials received before November 10 are reviewed by the Education Sub-Committee for selection of candidates to be invited for formal interviews. Formal interviews are conducted by invitation only. Interview dates are in December and January.

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First Year Post-MD (PGY-1)

  • 1st Year
    Labor and Delivery Days – Downstate
    Labor and Delivery Days – Kings County
    Gynecology Days – Kings County
    Labor and Delivery Nights – Downstate
    Clinic/Nights – Kings County
    Labor and Delivery/Gyn Days – Downstate

On the Gynecology rotation, the resident handles basic gynecology and also performs minor surgeries including Laparoscopic Tubal Sterilizations, Diagnostic Laparoscopy, and Dilatation and Curettage. In obstetrics, the resident learns basic obstetrics and sonography. In addition, the resident performs Primary Cesarean Sections and Post-Partum Tubal Ligations. The resident starts to go to a weekly Continuity Clinic, which continues throughout residency. The resident is also expected to identify a research topic on which to work.

Second Year Post-MD (PGY-2)

  • 2nd Year
    Gynecologic Oncology – Kings County
    Labor and Delivery Days – Kings County
    Labor and Delivery Nights – Kings County
    Reproductive Endocrinology – Kings County
    Gynecology Days – Kings County
    Clinic/Gynecology Nights – Downstate

On the Obstetrical service, the resident starts to perform Repeat Cesarean Sections, in addition to learning how to run Labor and Delivery. On Gynecology, the resident starts to perform basic gynecologic surgery including hysterectomies, ovarian cystectomies, and operative laparoscopy. On the Reproductive Endocrinology-Infertility service, the resident learns the basics of this field.. The resident continues to go to weekly Continuity Clinic sessions each week. The resident is also expected to continue working on his research topic. The resident participates actively in conferences and in supervising interns and medical students.

Third Year Post-MD (PGY-3)

  • 3rd Year
    Gynecologic Oncology – Downstate
    Labor and Delivery Days – Downstate
    Labor and Delivery Nights – Downstate
    Gynecology Days – Downstate
    Clinic/Gynecology Nights – Kings County
    Elective/Urogynecology – Downstate

The resident further enhances his surgical skills on the Gynecologic Service and learns how to manage Labor and Delivery. The resident also continues to attend the Continuity Clinic.

Fourth Year Post-MD (PGY-4)

  • 4th Year
    Clinic/Gynecology Nights – Kings County
    Labor and Delivery Days – Kings County
    Reproductive Endocrinology – Kings County
    Labor and Delivery Nights – Kings County
    Gynecology Days – Kings County
    Elective/Urogynecology – Downstate

Responsibilities of the chief resident include teaching and supervision of junior house officers and medical students. Two chief residents are elected as the Administrative Chief Residents by their peers. Responsibilities include making up the call schedule and vacation schedules.

On-Call Schedule

There is a night-float system in place. First year residents do not participate in the 24 hour call schedule and their night float goes from Sunday evening until Friday evening. Second, third and fourth year residents on night float do not participate in Friday or Saturday call.


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