Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine
Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Overview


Stony Brook University Hospital photo

The Ob/Gyn residency training program is a university-based training program with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  The residency in Ob/Gyn is a fully accredited four-year training program (5 residents per year for 4 years of training).  The residents are trained in aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Residents completing our program are expected to either pursue a fellowship for a career in academic medicine or pursue a clinical practice.

Currently Stony Brook University Medical Center is undergoing a $300 million dollar expansion. This expansion has already seen the completion of a new outpatient office, new ambulatory surgical center, a new imaging and cancer center, a new emergency room, new Women's and Infants Center, and a new Heart Center. The hospital recently opened a new Women's center (August 2011) including a new Labor & Delivery, new Antepartum and Postpartum Units, and a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Our residents possess independent initiative, enthusiasm, creativity and scholarly talents to excel in our field.  The goal of the residency program is the provide our physicians with a solid knowledge base an excellent clinical skills so that they may become leaders in our field, regardless of the type of practice they pursue.  Our graduates posses the necessary skills to excel in patient care in clinical and surgical environments, participate in research and provide an academic perspective in education.  We do so in a structured training program that emphasizes the learning aspects of our discipline and minimizes the amount of extracurricular work (“scut”).

Our field is an ever changing field and we have remained very proactive in our approach to resident education.  We constantly evaluate our training program and make the necessary adjustments to continue to be on the “cutting edge” of resident education and to make all the necessary changes to meet our goals.  We are constantly searching for ways to improve and we consider the resident input to be paramount.

The Department

residents at work photoThe Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine is composed of the following divisions:  General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrical and Gynecologic Ultrasound and the Education Division.  Each of the divisions provides a broad spectrum of services and complete clinical experiences.  The Department is well represented by a solid full-time faculty, as well as a very committed voluntary faculty, that teaches and closely supervises all resident activities.

The Department also supports an active and well-designed resident continuity clinic.  The clinic is supervised at all times by a department faculty attending specifically assigned to cover resident office hours.  The residents see their patients in a new, well-equipped ambulatory suite and practice patient continuity care with dedicated nurses and clerical staff to provide patients with high quality, humanistic and personal care. 

Physician at desk

All residency training currently takes place to the University Medical Center, the Ambulatory Clinic and the Ambulatory Surgical Center, which enables residents to avoid extra time traveling and allows them to focus within a central training facility.

Each year the Department has approximately 10,500 ambulatory care visits, 3,500  deliveries and 2,500 surgical procedures are taught by faculty using state of the art procedures including advanced operative laparoscopy, robotic surgery, hysteroscopy,  microsurgery, radical surgery and laser, just to name a few.  All patients admitted to the University Medical Center are considered teaching cases and are attended by the resident service.

Structure of the Resident Training Program

residents at work photoThe residency training program is a fully accredited four-year training program that accepts five residents per year.  The curriculum is comprised of clinical rotations, didactic conferences, continuity clinic education, and research training.  The core lecture series that are part of the didactic conferences are modeled after the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) learning objectives for Ob/Gyn residents and includes almost 100 lectures on the various topics.  In addition to the core lecture series, the department provides conferences during protected resident time including:  pathology conference, surgical gynecology conference, chemotherapy treatment planning, chairman’s rounds, Q+A meetings, and grand rounds.

Numerous academic and support resources are available to the residents.  The hospital is physically connected the Health Science Center for the University which houses the Medical Library, computer centers, journal archives and medical informatics department.  In addition, the residents have internet-based access to the extensive online collection of journals, texts and search engines subscribed to by the Medical Center.  These resources can be accessed by any hospital terminal or at home.

Last updated by michael.lydic on November 01, 2011