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 three subspecialty areas.

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

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

    Tuesday mornings are devoted to resident teaching sessions, which include twice monthly skills lab sessions coordinated by Dr. Greg Skopec. Tuesday morning sessions also include patient-based learning and improvement M & M, didactic 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, journal club led by Dr. Catherine Bradley, pathology presentations, and resident teaching development presented 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