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!