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Obstetric Services

Day-to-day learning experiences at the bedside, the operating room, Labor and Delivery Rooms, and in the clinic are complemented by a strong academic component. There is dedicated educational time for grand rounds, lectures, and conferences every week.

Resident physicians serve as representatives on committees and task forces contributing to the educational and organizational needs of the program and the department. Residents are active members of committees such as the Resident Education Committee, Undergraduate Education Committee and the Aurora Resident Council.

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During the first year, the OB/GYN resident rotates through obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine and primary care. During the obstetrical rotations, obstetrical ultrasound and resuscitation of the neonate are introduced.

Primary care experience consists of an intensive care unit rotation and ambulatory care in a family practice clinic. Residents participate in outpatient obstetrics and gynecology in their continuity clinic. The PG-I resident performs procedures such as abdominal and laparoscopic tubal ligation and dilatation and curettage and are introduced to major surgeries. In obstetrics, the PG-I performs uncomplicated deliveries, uses vacuums, repairs episiotomies, and learns to perform primary cesarean sections.


The second postgraduate year includes obstetrics and gynecology, antepartum evaluation and prenatal diagnosis, primary care including breast clinic and infectious disease, geriatrics and emergency medicine. The subspecialties of endocrinology-infertility and gynecological oncology are introduced. As basic surgical skills are mastered, the PG-II progresses from performing hysterosalpingogram, colposcopy and cervical conization to more advanced laparoscopic surgery and abdominal hysterectomy. Obstetrical experience in the second year includes delivery with the use of low forceps, repair of fourth-degree lacerations, vacuum extraction, amniocentesis, obstetrical ultrasound and management of high-risk patients.


Third-year rotations include obstetrics and gynecology, urogynecology, additional endocrinology-infertility and gynecological oncology. This year includes an emphasis on gynecological surgery at several institutions.

The PG-III resident can expect to assist and perform the full range of major and minor gynecologic surgeries including vaginal surgeries and cancer surgeries. Obstetrical experience includes vaginal breech and twin deliveries. PGY-III residents also are supported in the management of obstetrical and gynecologic services thereby developing leadership skills.


The fourth postgraduate year consists of time as Chief for the gynecology and obstetrics services, plus additional gynecology experiences in oncology, urogynecology and time to master other complicated cases. All rotations include service chief responsibilities. In addition to assuming supervisory and teaching responsibilities, PG-IVs master their surgical skills while gaining confidence in their ability to manage difficult cases and act as a consultant to other health care providers.