Welcome! I am delighted that you have chosen to learn more about our residency program.
Our program has been training OBGYN residents since 1941 and has been an accredited training program for over 50 years with over 360 graduates of the program. As OBGYN practice has changed with time, we have been on the forefront of educating physicians with a model of lifelong learning & evidence-based care. We remain at the cutting edge of resident education today! Entering residents can expect a vigorous didactic schedule, busy surgical services, and nationally renowned faculty mentors.
Our residency curriculum prepares our graduates well for board certification in general obstetrics and gynecology. Approximately half of our graduates will go on to fellowship training. Many of our graduates have continued with academic careers. Those that choose to enter into private practice are well prepared to enter right into a busy practice.
We have the privilege of serving patients from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, in many different languages. This clinical experience prepares our residents to provide culturally competent care in a high acuity, urban setting. We strive to practice evidence based medicine with a focus on patient safety and continuous improvement.
Like all programs, our residents have excellent didactics covering a full spectrum of OBGYN. Our strengths include specialized training in office based procedures (like Essure and endometrial ablation), extensive minimally invasive training including robotics, and obstetric simulation with the high fidelity Noelle and Victoria model. The department recently completed renovations on a state of the art simulation center housed within the department. The program has a structured evaluation and feedback system to promote professional development for each resident.
The program is designed to facilitate resident involvement in scholarly activity. Each resident in our program will complete at least one research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Over 50 percent of our recent grads have presented in peer-reviewed national and international forums. The residency program also supports resident service with involvement in ACOG and other subspecialty organizations with funding to attend national meetings. Residents also have opportunity to participate in global health due to the relationships developed with a medical school and hospital in Mekelle Ethiopia.
As program director of the UIC program, I am dedicated to the success and growth of our residents. The resident role as physician and learner can be overwhelming and exhilarating at times. We strive to provide the optimal learning environment here at the University of Illinois with a focus on excellence- in every aspect of Women’s health. The secret to our success is our phenomenal group of residents and faculty that make it a positive and stimulating learning environment.
Thank you for your interest in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Illinois!
Abigail Litwiller, MD, FACOG
Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical OB/GYN