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

First Year (PGY-1)

In the first year, the residents start with a 2 week Orientation to Labor and Delivery.  They will spend the remaining year rotating through the different services in 5 week blocks.  They will have 10 weeks on the Obstetrical Service, including inpatient and outpatient obstetrical care, labor and delivery and post-partum care. The intern is expected to perform or be involved with all deliveries and assist or perform all primary cesarean sections. They will also spend 10 weeks on the Obstetrical/Ultrasound Service where they will have an additional 2 days of obstetrical and gynecologic office ultrasound per week as well.

resident at computerIn our residency we utilize a night float system. Interns will spend 10 weeks on night float providing after-hours care for our patients on labor and delivery and the postpartum floors. They will also spend 10 weeks on benign gynecology, providing both inpatient and outpatient care and participating in surgical procedures. They are introduced to gynecologic oncology with a 5 week rotation. Finally, they spend a 5 week rotation in Reproductive Endocrinology.



Second Year (PGY-2)

Residents groupIn the second year of training the residents are exposed to the Gynecologic Oncology Service for 10 weeks and the Gynecology/REI Service for 10 weeks. During this time they are actively involved in the day-to-day management of these patients and will also participate in the surgical procedures.

Resident at deskThe PGY2 Residents will also rotate for a total of 10 weeks on the Night Float Service where they will be primarily responsible for covering the Gyn, REI and Gyn Onc patients as well as see consults from the Emergency Room. Second year residents spend 10 weeks on the Obstetrical Service in a supervisory role for the interns as well as performing many of the scheduled repeat cesarean sections. In addition, the second year residents have a 5 week elective rotation and a 5 week OB float rotation, during which they work 10AM-10PM, providing extra support and continuity of care for the Obstetrics team.

Third Year (PGY-3)

Resident group photoIn the third year of training the residents spend 10 weeks on the Gynecology Service, where they are involved in more complicated laparoscopic and pelvic reconstructive surgeries. They also spend 5 weeks on Elective.  Residents may choose to focus on their Research during the Elective, or they may choose from a variety of services such as Genetics, Breast, Urogynecology, or an international away rotation.  The 3rd year resident spends 10 weeks on the Antepartum/Genetics rotation where they are responsible for all of the antepartum patients that are admitted to the hospital as well as being in charge of the High Risk Obstetric Specialty Clinic.

The third year resident will also do 5 week rotation as the OB Float, working 10AM-10 PM in support of the Obstetrics team. Finally, they spend 10 weeks on night float where they act as the chief resident for the hospital.

In the past year, 2 residents have performed "international" electives.  Our residents have  traveled to both Guatemala and India for international medical missions during their electives : (http://www.hospitalitoatitlan.com)    (http://www.himalayanhealth.com).  Neither of these were sponsored by the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department or Stonybrook University Medical Center.  However, residents were permitted to pursue these electives on their own.  Stonybrook University Hospital occasionally offers an opportunity to participate in a medical mission to Maputo, Mozambique, through a joint collaboration with University of California, San Diego.

Fourth Year (PGY-4)

The Chief year is structured with 10 week rotations in Gynecology, Gyn Oncology, and Obstetrics. The chief resident on these services will be responsible for all aspects of the patient care including pre and postoperative care; antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum care; and they will decide how their individual teams will cover surgical cases and specialty clinics for the month.  Residents will also spend 10 weeks working with private practitioner faculty at St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown, NY. Here, they will increase their gynecologic major surgery experience operating 1-on-1 with a private attending. They will also learn in depth about Menopausal medicine through office-based practice.  Finally, 10 weeks will be spent on night float where they will be in charge of the resident services and act as a junior attending.


The residents currently have 3 weeks vacation in each of the first three years and 4 weeks vacation in their Chief year. Vacation is currently taken during the night float or elective rotations to minimize impact on the day services and to allow for more flexiblility in scheduling vacations for the individual resident.

Last updated by michael.lydic on October 31, 2011