Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Curriculum
Residents in obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Long Island School of Medicine train to become knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate providers through a well-balanced curriculum of clinical rotations, didactics, and research. Our goal is to prepare residents to excel in whatever career path they choose.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency is a four-year program. It includes a combination of high-volume clinical training in inpatient and outpatient settings, didactic experience, and research activity that is supervised and scheduled by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The residency is overseen by Sevan A. Vahanian, MD, program director.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program aims include the following:
- train physicians to be excellent clinicians with the ability to continue learning and advancing so that they always remain outstanding practitioners
- provide residents with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are essential in becoming outstanding physicians in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and ambulatory primary healthcare for women
- train residents to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the diagnosis and treatment of obstetric and gynecologic conditions
- train residents to demonstrate medical knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences, and apply this knowledge to obstetric and gynecologic patient care
- teach residents to investigate, evaluate, and improve their patient care practices and appraise and assimilate scientific evidence
- guide residents in completing a research endeavor that contributes to practice-based learning and improvement
- ensure that residents have the interpersonal and communication skills they need to effectively exchange information and team with patients, their families, and professional associates
- instill a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adhering to ethical principles, and being sensitive to a diverse patient population
- train residents to have an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value to the patient
We accept five residents each year. They obtain valuable clinical experience with diverse patient populations at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, as well as NYU Langone Women’s Wellness OB/GYN—Long Island and NYU Langone Long Island Women’s Health Associates.
Our rotation schedule is divided into 10 blocks, each of 5 weeks, per year.
Our work schedule adheres to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and New York State duty-hour regulations. Night float coverage is from Sunday night through Friday morning, with weekend coverage provided by an on-call team of four residents. An in-house attending physician is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for direct supervision and consultation as needed.
Residents rotate through the following obstetrics and gynecology areas:
- ambulatory care
- female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
- gynecologic oncology
- maternal–fetal medicine
- minimally invasive and robotic gynecologic surgery
- night float
- reproductive endocrinology and infertility
- surgical intensive care unit
Residents also have the opportunity to participate in an elective in postgraduate year 3 (PGY-3) to complement their clinical training.
For residents interested in applying to post-residency fellowships, our faculty is available to help prepare fellowship applications. Learn more about our Maternal–Fetal Medicine Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship, and Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospitalist Fellowship.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to providing a rich scholastic environment for its residents and faculty. There are six hours of protected didactic time each week where residents review a variety of obstetric and gynecologic topics. The didactic experience includes the following:
- weekly chapter reviews
- chair’s rounds and case presentations
- fetal heart rate tracing reviews
- journal club
- tumor board
- grand rounds
- ultrasound seminar
- perinatal/neonatal conference
- clinical case presentation
- obstetric pathology conference
- obstetric high-risk drills
- simulation exercises
- subspecialty lecture series
- research meetings and biostatistics
- narrative medicine
In addition, time is allocated for “Monthly Morale” exercises to promote health, wellbeing, and camaraderie.
The department has a distinguished scholastic tradition, and many of our members are currently involved in innovative research, frequently publishing in peer-reviewed journals. We strive to enhance the educational experience of our residents by providing an active research environment and opportunities to participate in basic, clinical, and translational projects, as well as training in proper research methodology and biostatistics.
Residents are required to select a research topic by the start of their PGY-2 year, present their preliminary results in PGY-3, and present their final projects at graduation. A faculty member in the relevant area is selected to assist and guide the resident along this process.
Throughout training, residents have access to NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island’s biostatistics department for assistance in such areas as study design, sample size, and interpretation of data. Residents are encouraged to present their research at a variety of local, regional, and national scientific meetings.