Obstetrics & Gynecology

Residency Program Overview

The fully accredited Obstetrics and Gynecology training program is designed to prepare specialists who are excellent surgeons and obstetrician/gynecologist primary care providers for women. The residency program offers progressive training in obstetrics and gynecology, fulfilling the 48-month requirement of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in preparation for the certification examination. There are 32 positions in the residency, 8 residents per year.

The calendar year is divided into variable blocks in which residents are assigned to rotating service teams directed by a senior resident. The resident, in consultation with the attending faculty members, is responsible for the patients on his/her service. Responsibility for individual patients is delegated to junior house officers by the senior resident, commensurate with their level of training and competence. On each service, residents are assigned to specific patients (inpatient and outpatient) to provide optimal continuity of care. Service team members at both institutions include junior and senior medical students, full-time and part-time faculty, and nursing staff. Other members of the team are Family Practice and Emergency Medicine residents.

  • First-year residents take rotations at Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital in the areas of obstetrics, gynecology, breast clinic night call, NICU, emergency medicine and ultrasound.
  • Second-year residents are assigned to gynecology, perinatal obstetrics, pediatric & adolescent gynecology and night float.
  • Third-year residents rotate on oncology, obstetrics, gynecology, REI, and surgical rotations at private hospitals.
  • Chief residents complete eight blocks including oncology, gynecology, REI, perinatology and outpatient clinics.
  • An in-depth laparoscopic and endoscopic training course is built into the residency. This course includes didactic and hands-on training with models, animal models and patients.
  • Robotic didactics and robotic simulations.


DSC_4019Didactic teaching is an integral component of the residency. Conferences are designed to provide an educational base and to present and review current care management, as well as to assist residents in the development of necessary communications skills. A variety of regularly scheduled teaching activities include Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds; lecture series in Perinatology, Oncology, Endocrinology and Benign Gynecology; Journal Club; and Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Perinatal Morbidity/Mortality.

Interaction with other faculty and residents is considered an important element of the training program. The department sponsors nationally recognized visiting professors for special lectureships and conferences. Residents also attend the meetings of the Kansas City Gynecological Society.

A commitment to research enhances the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Excellent research and library facilities are provided for residents, students and faculty. The Medical School, adjacent to Truman Medical Center, houses the library and the Medical School’s research facilities.

The Gerald L. Miller, M.D., Library is a dedicated departmental library located adjacent to Labor and Delivery at Truman Medical Center. The Health Sciences Library at Saint Luke’s Hospital also provides a full range of reference texts, journals, and audiovisual materials. In addition, a study area with obstetrics/gynecology texts and journals is located on the second floor at Saint Luke’s Hospital. Each resident is expected to complete a publishable paper by the end of the third year. Funding assistance is provided for residents presenting at national meetings.

Contract renewals are contingent upon satisfactory performance in the program. In addition to monthly evaluations by faculty, an evaluation of each resident is performed on a quarterly basis and examinations of Life Long Learning modules are given that prepare the resident for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The CREOG Examination is in January. The department program director reviews academic performance, clinical performance evaluation and case lists with each resident semiannually.