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The Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

Program Overviewsmh

Since our original accreditation in 1954, we have been providing excellent training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The mission of our training program is guided by the motto of the University of Rochester: Meliora - ever better. We are dedicated to the education and training of obstetrician-gynecologists who will provide medicine of the highest order, expand knowledge, advance medical care through innovation, and who will, in turn, prepare the next generation of leaders in our specialty.

surgeryOur residency program provides meaningful clinical experience covering the breadth and depth of the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There are currently 32 residents in the program, eight selected each year. The residents rotate between Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) and Highland Hospital (HH). Approximately 5,265 deliveries and 5,000 operating room cases are performed each year at the two hospitals.

Our residents have pursued rewarding careers in private practice, teaching, research, and fellowships in virtually all subspecialties recognized by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Program Goals

  • Provide a base of factual knowledge in the pre-clinical and clinical aspects of OB/GYN
  • Provide supervised exposure to a wide array of patients and clinical conditions, enabling residents to assume progressive responsibility over the four years of training
  • Provide each resident with a foundation for continued, lifelong learning
  • Enable each graduate to function as an OB/GYN specialist and a primary care physician beyond the reproductive system
  • Guide residents in the development of strong interpersonal and communication skills and to exhibit professionalism at all times with patients and colleagues
  • Ensure that each resident is familiar with all aspects of the health care system, including evidence-based medicine, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning

Welcome From The Program Director


At the University of Rochester Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, we strive to offer training of the highest caliber. We offer a four-year residency accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).

Our residency program provides meaningful clinical experience covering the breadth and depth of the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There are currently 32 residents in the program, 8 selected each year. We look for residents who are not only capable and intelligent but empathetic, caring, passionate and fun to work with. We take our residency family very seriously and intend to have a lot of fun while we are providing excellent care, teaching, and learning.

We care for our residents deeply and are committed to maintaining an inclusive, supportive and open environment to promote learning and confidence. As part of our efforts, we adhere to and surpass work hours regulations including abandonment of the traditional 24 hour call. We believe this and other schedule initiatives create a schedule that is conducive to both successful training and family life.

We are focused on education - we have dedicated (protected) educational time on Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 12 noon during which residents receive lectures built around the core curriculum and learning objectives, problem-based learning sessions, research curriculum, and OB and GYN simulation & skills sessions. The fourth morning lecture is run by the residents themselves who decide on topics and give the lectures to their fellow residents. Outside of formal didactic time, residents are assigned to systems based learning activities QA committees, safety committees, team training and spontaneous simulation sessions on the floor.

We work with ED & FM residents and paramedic and nursing trainees on L&D for an integrative educational experience. Faculty specializing in pelvic pain, pediatric GYN, vulvar disorders, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and family planning interact with the residents on specialty rotations and in resident continuity clinics providing a broad experience in all areas of OB-GYN in a busy clinical environment. More than 5,000 deliveries and 5,000 surgical cases are performed each year at our two clinical sites.

Throughout our site you will find additional information that will help you learn more about the University of Rochester and opportunities for our OB-GYN residents.

Amy R. Harrington, M.D.
Program Director

Courtney Olson-Chen, M.D.
Associate Program Director