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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 residents rotate through obstetrics, gynecology, emergency medicine, ICU and primary care. During the obstetrical rotations, first year residents perform uncomplicated deliveries and primary cesarean sections. Residents learn obstetrical ultrasound and manage OB clinic visits. The residents spend two months on benign gynecology and perform minor surgeries, including abdominal and laparoscopic tubal ligation, diagnostic laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and dilatation and curettage. They also assist with major surgeries and operative laparoscopy. Gynecology residents staff colposcopy clinic and establish their continuity clinic, which will be continued throughout their residency training. The residents also work with acute care in the emergency department and the ICU and spend a rotation with our family practice colleagues to add to the ambulatory care experience. Two months of night float round out the first year.


The second postgraduate year includes more advanced obstetrics and gynecology rotations with the majority of the OB months on the Maternal Fetal Medicine service taking care of high-risk obstetrical patients. Operative vaginal delivery and repeat cesarean sections are learned. The gynecology subspecialties are introduced, including reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urogynecology, advanced benign gynecology, and gynecologic oncology. Residents spend time with the surgical breast oncologist, genetic counselors, and a short psychiatry rotation. As basic surgical skills are mastered, progress to more advanced laparoscopic surgery and abdominal hysterectomy.


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

The PGY-III resident can expect to perform the full range of major and minor gynecologic surgeries including vaginal surgeries and oncology surgeries. Obstetrical experience includes vaginal breech and twin deliveries, advanced operative delivery, and advanced laceration repair. PGY-III residents also are supported in the management of obstetrical and gynecologic services thereby developing leadership skills and learning to serve as a consultant to our midwifery colleagues.


The fourth postgraduate year consists of time as chief resident for the gynecology and obstetrics services. Forth year residents advance their surgical technique with both benign and oncological gynecology, and urogynecology. Chief residents prepare for the written boards and serve as teachers to junior residents. Fourth years residents master their surgical and ambulatory clinical skills while gaining confidence in their ability to manage difficult cases and acting as consultants to other health care providers.