Training and Rotations

During the 48-month residency, all residents will be instructed in the special techniques of prenatal diagnosis, colposcopy, laparoscopy, laser surgery, hysterscopy, breast disease and radical surgery and, in addition, will be allowed elective time to study specialized fields of interest.

Each resident trains in approximately:

  • 15.5 months of Obstetrics
  • 2.5 months of Reproductive Endocrinology
  • 11 months of Gynecology
  • 6 months in Gynecologic Oncology
  • 2.5 months in Urogynecology
  • 2 weeks of Family Planning
  • 1 month SICU rotation
  • 2 months in Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 1 month flexible
  • 2 months elective

An approximate distribution of the rotations per year:

PGY 1 Months PGY 2 Months
Obstetrics 2 Obstetrics 2
Gynecology 2 Gynecology 2.5
Surgical Intensive Care Unit 0.5 Gynecology Night Float 1
Gynecology Night Float 1 Obstetrics Night Float 1
Obstetrics Night Float 1 C/S & Triage 1
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility 0.5 Gynecologic Oncology 2.5
Urogynecology 0.5 Educational Elective 1
Gynecologic Oncology 1.5 Surgical Intensive Care 0.5
OB Clinics 1.5 Vacation 1
Family Planning 0.5    
Vacation 1    
PGY 3   PGY 4  
C/S & Triage 1 Obstetrics 2.5
Obstetrics Night Chief 2 Gynecology 2.5
Gynecologic Oncology Chief 2 Obstetrics Clinic 2.5
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility 1 Urogynecology 1
Educational Elective 1 Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility 1
Urogynecology 1 Minimally Invasive Surgery 1
Minimally Invasive Surgery 1 Gynecology Selective 1
Gynecology Clinics 2 Flexible 1
Vacation 1 Vacation 1


The Obstetric Service is based in the beautiful Von Voightlander Women's Hospital which includes four operating rooms.   We are currently delivering approximately 4,500 babies annually.  

The three Gynecology divisions and main operating rooms, are housed in the University of Michigan Hospital in addition to our new operating rooms in Mott Hospital and several outpatient sites. As surgical volume continues to increase, more ambulatory surgery is being performed at the East Ann Arbor and Livonia surgical centers. Residents are performing surgery daily in the busy OR suites.

Conferences and Lectures

To supplement the clinical and service-oriented schedules, the department sponsors weekly conferences including Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Grand Rounds, Perinatal Joint Q&A Rounds, Fetal Heart Rate Tracing Strip Rounds, Gynecology Weekly Conference, and Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, Pre-op Gynecology Conference and High-Risk OB Conference. Lecture series such as the Abram Sager, Anita Payne and John R.G. Gosling lectures are held anually. Dedicated, protected resident eduational time occurs every Wednesday from 3:00-5:00pm.

Medical Student Teaching

Department educational activities also include medical student teaching in the basic third-year clerkship and in the advanced fourth-year elective. The house staff plays an integral role in medical student education. We are extremely proud of the numerous teaching awards our residents have received from students.

Our Philosophy

We try to instill in the individual resident the philosophy that the practice of obstetrics and gynecology is a learning process that never ends, particularly if one is to stay informed of new developments.