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Learn about the OBGYN residency program and find out how to apply.

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A warm welcome and my gratitude for your interest in the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine! 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.

Application Process Heading link

Seven first-year categorical positions are offered each academic year. All interviews and interview-related social events are conducted virtually.

Our program adheres to the APGO Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One Application and Interview Standards. Our institution participates in Program Signaling and encourages you to indicate your interest via this tool.

General UIC OBGYN residency application guidelines:

  • In alignment with the national changes to OBGYN applications starting in the 2024-2025 cycle, we only accept applications via ResidencyCAS.
  • We will not accept any supplementary material outside of ResidencyCAS.
  • We accept only J-1 and J-2 visas.
  • We require successful completion of the USMLE Step I and II examinations for all applicants.
  • At this time, we are unable to offer an interview to applicants that have completed any training in a categorical residency position in the US in a specialty shorter than five years in duration (i.e., will not have funding for the full four years of OBGYN training). We can accept applicants who are completing a transitional year or are in their first year of a five-or-more year duration residency.
  • We require three letters of recommendation, one of which must follow the Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) format. A fourth letter is strongly recommended, though not required. There are not requirements about who should write letters, although we encourage you to consider the following guidance to best support your application:
    • Letter writers should be those that can speak most highly about your strengths and why you will make a skilled resident in OBGYN
    • Non-OBGYN/OBGYN subspecialty writers should be limited to ideally no more than one if three letters submitted, two if submitting four
    • A letter or SLOE from the OBGYN leadership of your home institution (Chair, Clerkship Director, Residency or Fellowship Program Director, Vice Chair for Education, etc), individually or jointly written is highly recommended


All interviews will be offered virtually.

Ryan Residency Training Program Heading link

UIC is an active Ryan Program. This program is a national initiative to integrate and enhance family planning training for OB/GYN residents. The UIC Ryan Program incorporates structured weekly didactics, journal club, and hands-on training for first and second trimester abortion care, complex contraception and miscarriage management. This rotation is consistently rated highly by our residents.

Ryan Program Director:
Erica Hinz, MD, MPH, FACOG

Questions? Contact: Heading link

Rocio Cazares, Residency Program Manager

820 S. Wood Street, W231 CSN, MC 808, Chicago, Illinois 60612