Resident Education

Welcome to Obstetrics and Gynecology

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Chicago OBGYN Residency Program!

A warm welcome and my gratitude for your interest in the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)! Our program has an amazing legacy that I am humbled to be entrusted to continue, having trained a diverse group of talented and motivated OBGYN residents since 1941. It boasts over 500 graduates who not only serve the needs of the great state of Illinois but practice all over the world. We strive to train our residents using cutting-edge technology and evidence-based medicine while prioritizing the patient-centered care model. These values make UIC and our department a leader in providing high-quality care to all patients, especially the historically and contemporaneously most marginalized. Additionally, our residents and faculty are committed to health equity, advocacy, and comprehensive reproductive health care, including access to safe abortion and contraception care. Through rotations at our home academic hospital (University of Illinois Hospital [UIH]), Level 1 Trauma Center (Advocate Christ Medical Center [ACMC]), and community hospitals (McNeal and Swedish Covenant), our trainees gain invaluable experiences to inform a successful career in academic or private general OBGYN practice, or for those seeking additional post-residency training, ready residents for fellowship.

We have a vigorous didactic schedule that includes a comprehensive simulation curriculum, certifying-exam preparation, and research requirements. Residents can practice their obstetric, laparoscopic, and other gynecologic skills in The Women of Steel Simulation Center located directly in the OBGYN department. Our robotics curriculum and Surgical Innovation and Training Laboratory prepare each resident for robotic surgery certification along with assuring readiness for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery examination. Finally, under the leadership of our research faculty, each resident in our program completes at least one research project. Our department is incredibly proud of our trainees’ body of work, with many UIC OBGYN graduates having presented in peer-reviewed regional, national, and international forums. We are committed to continuing this ascending pathway.

Our program’s primary goal is to prepare our graduates for board certification in general obstetrics and gynecology, allowing readiness for clinical practice in any environment. However, we are also committed to supporting graduates to attend fellowship training and have a long history of successful match, with most recent applicants joining the fields of women’s global health, complex family planning, maternal-fetal medicine, FPMRS, and gynecology oncology. Additionally, we recognize that many of our graduates desire careers in academic medicine and place an emphasis on training residents as our colleagues in education, both of more junior residents and our medical students.

We pride ourselves on recruiting residents and faculty who are energetic, innovative, and diverse. The candidates who thrive at UIC share our values of diversity, adaptability, excellence, and collaboration. These values permeate our clinical care, research, education, quality improvement, and advocacy work. As a department and institution, we are consciously working to address disparities of care in our larger community and the bias and discrimination pervasive throughout academic medicine.

As program director, I truly view my role as one of advocate and partner with our residents, challenging them while actively providing support as they navigate the unparalleled journey that is training to become an OBGYN. The strides it takes to grow and develop into an OBGYN can be both exhilarating and daunting — it is my vision that our program be the right mix of encouraging and intellectually stimulating necessary to nurture learners into skilled, compassionate, and competent future colleagues. I seek to be invested, flexible, and available and value the input of our residents in the ever-changing landscape of individualized education and patient care. Our program is fortunate to have an amazing leadership team that supports my work, along with a department of outstanding residents and faculty that share in the educational mission.

I encourage you to browse further for more information on our program and department and again, welcome to UIC-OBGYN!