Program Overview

Mission Statement - The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University Hospital offers comprehensive care for women of all ages through faculty excellence and resident training. We care for women during pregnancy and birth, and we care for them long after menopause.

Welcome to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Howard University! We are pleased that you are considering Howard University Hospital (HUH) for your postgraduate training.

Our residency is an academic training program within a University Teaching hospital, offering an environment for residents to complete their training with the highest levels of personal and professional growth.

The residency training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology is a University based 4 year ACGME – accredited postgraduate residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a total of 16 residents. We have a complement of four residents per year for four years of training. The OB/GYN Residency Training Program is primarily at Howard University Hospital (HUH), a 482-bed tertiary referral center that is committed to excellence in innovative patient care, teaching and research. It is an integrated program consisted of rotations at Holy Cross Hospital, Providence Hospital, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Maryland IVF Fertility Health and the Women’s Wellness Center.

Although our residents are trained in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we stress the importance of the Obstetrician/Gynecologist as the primary care provider for women. Our faculty is committed to building a solid knowledge base and assisting in the development of the resident’s core competencies in the areas of clinical, surgical and teaching skills. Additional areas of core competencies include progressive scholarship and continued professional growth. We believe that these areas of learning are critical and imperative to superior performance in the postgraduate years, regardless of whether our residents remain in academic programs, private practice or continue into a fellowship or research program.

As part of their training and learning experience, residents are expected to teach each other but also supervise and teach the Howard University medical students.

Our residents possess independent initiative, enthusiasm, creativity and scholarly talents to excel in our field. The goal of the residency training program is to introduce physicians who have a solid knowledge base and excellent clinical skills to be leaders in our field, regardless of the type of practice they pursue. Our graduates matriculate from the program with the necessary skills to not only excel in patient care but also participate in research and educate. We do so with a very structured training program that emphasizes the learning aspects of our discipline with the appropriate amount of service work. The support staff allows physicians to maximize their time spent learning and minimize the extracurricular work (“scut”).

Our field is an ever changing field and we have remained very proactive in our approach to resident education. We constantly evaluate our training program and make the necessary adjustments to continue to be on the “cutting edge” of resident education. We are constantly searching for ways to improve and consider the resident input paramount to this process.

Rotations

All rotations are divided into 4 week blocks. A night float schedule is used to ensure that residents are only on call 2-3 times per month (rare exceptions apply).

PGY-1

Obstetrics (12 weeks)

Gynecology (12 weeks)

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)

Emergency Room (4 weeks)

Family Medicine Clinic (4 weeks)

Combined Obstetrics and Gynecology (4 weeks, Providence Hospital)

Night Float (8 weeks)

PGY-2

Obstetrics (8 weeks)

Gynecology (8 weeks)

Night Float (4 weeks)

Combined Obstetrics and Gynecology (12 weeks, Providence Hospital)

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (8 weeks)

Family Planning (4 weeks)

Research (4 weeks)

Maternal Fetal Medicine (4 weeks)

PGY 3

Maternal Fetal Medicine (4 weeks)

Gynecology Oncology (16 weeks)

Gynecology (4 weeks)

Elective (4 weeks)

Night Float (8 weeks)

Urogynecology (4 weeks)

Combined Obstetrics and Gynecology (12 weeks, Providence Hospital)

PGY 4

Gynecology Oncology (8 weeks)

Gynecology (12 weeks)

Obstetrics (12 weeks)

Maternal Fetal Medicine (4 weeks)

Urogynecology (4 weeks)

Gynecology Float (4 weeks)