Residency Program

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The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine offers a four-year ACGME-accredited postgraduate residency training program based at Yale-New Haven Hospital. There are currently 25 residents in the program, including six categorical positions per year and an additional seventh PGY-1 preliminary resident. The program remains extremely competitive and continues to attract and recruit some of the top students from medical schools around the country.

The OB/GYN Residency Training Program is based primarily at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), a 944-bed tertiary referral center that includes the 201–bed Yale–New Haven Children's Hospital, the 76-bed Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and the new comprehensive cancer center Smilow Cancer Hospital. Children's Hospital at YNHH includes a state-of-the-art Labor & Delivery unit and adjacent Newborn Intensive Care Unit. It also houses the postpartum floors and a step-down high-risk obstetric inpatient facility known as the Maternal Special Care Unit. Gynecologic and gynecologic oncology inpatients are accommodated in the new Smilow Cancer Hospital. In all, each year, YNHH has approximately:

  • 743,500 outpatient and emergency visits
  • 54,500 discharges
  • 4,800 deliveries
  • 2,200 major gynecologic surgeries
  • 2,100 minor gynecologic surgeries
  • 12,000 obstetric ultrasound examinations
  • 4,600 gynecologic ultrasound examinations

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale is comprised of five Clinical Sections: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, and Family Planning. The Department also has a Section of Reproductive Sciences, which focuses primarily on basic science, translational research and comparative effectiveness research. The hospital-based Women's Center offers general obstetric and gynecologic outpatient care as well as sub-specialty services using a continuity care model.  Additional ambulatory experience is provided at nearby Yale New Haven Temple Medical Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood® of Connecticut.  The residency program also includes rotations dealing with breast disease, primary care, geriatric medicine, human sexuality, and menopause.

The primary goal of residency training at Yale is to produce OB/GYN clinicians with an outstanding fund of knowledge, a strong theoretic base, and expert surgical skills to serve the community at large. We believe that sound clinical skills are critical to superior performance in the postgraduate years, regardless of whether one remains in an academic medical center or enters private practice. As part of their learning experience, residents are expected to teach each other and to supervise and teach Yale medical students.

In addition to an active full–time University clinical faculty, there are over 70 community-based faculty members who admit their patients to YNHH and who are closely integrated into the department.  Community and University faculty attend teaching rounds and conferences, and enjoy a harmonious relationship centered on their shared responsibility for house staff education and training.  The department also includes an equal number of full-time bench scientists as well as clinical and research fellows who are available to the residents for collaboration on research projects. Sub-specialty fellows serve as junior members of the faculty.  Finally, one afternoon each week is dedicated to the didactic education of the OB/GYN residents, and all residents are excused from clinical responsibilities during that time. CREOG reviews, professionalism seminars, simulation for surgical techniques, and meetings with the OB/GYN Program Director are conducted on a regular basis.

If you have further questions about our program, please email the Residency Coordinator, Patti Johnson.