Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Residency Training Program

    At the Graduate Medical Education (GME) level, the department is accredited for five residents per year for the four year obstetrics and gynecology residency. The residency includes training in the depth and breadth of the specialty, including inpatient and outpatient experiences. Particular strengths of the residency include the Ryan Family Planning program, a variety of gynecologic surgery, training in minimally invasive surgery, and the presence of fellowship training programs in five subspecialty areas.

    Dr. Marygrace Elson is the residency program director with associate program director Dr. Kelly Ward. Nanci Wieneke is program coordinator.

    The resident research program is coordinated by Dr. Mark Santillan and Dr. Donna Santillan.

    Tuesday mornings from 7:30am- 9:00am, are devoted to resident teaching sessions which include Grand Rounds, Practice Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI), and maternal morbidity and mortality conferences. Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, there are didactic teaching presentations by faculty on a number of obstetrics and gynecology topics from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) learning objectives, ethics sessions led by Dr. Ginny Ryan, pathology presentations, skills lab sessions coordinated monthly by Dr. Greg Skopec, and resident teaching development by Dr. Marygrace Elson.

    Dr. Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks is the site director for the Ryan Family Planning resident training program.

    Each resident is required to pursue a scholarly project while in residency, which may be a research project, an educational project, or a quality improvement project.

    Learn more about the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program