The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program was founded February 7, 1954.  Since then, many successful obstetricians and gynecologists have matriculated through our program, practicing both locally and throughout the United States. C. Clarence Davis served as the first Chair from 1954 to 1957.

Built upon a strong clinical foundation, the program is an exceptional academic program with breadth of expertise in research, education, and clinical care. Most of our graduates transition into full scope OB/GYN general practice, while approximately one in three obtain additional subspecialty fellowship training. Our residency curriculum is clinically rigorous, emphasizing evidence-based practice, life-long learning and technical proficiency.

“Our program is small in size, yet mighty in experience.”

Program Distinctions

  • Approximately one in three of our graduates obtain additional subspecialty fellowship training. Over the past decade, our graduates have been accepted into a wide array of programs including: family planning (Mt. Sinai), FPMRS (Duke, Good Samaritan), GynOnc (Brown, Mayo, UT Southwestern), MFM (University of Chicago, University of OK), REI (Penn).
  • Our obstetrical and gynecological procedural experience exceeds that of many other programs in the country.
  • Our interns are initiated with obstetrical and gynecological surgery simulation, and rapid real-world surgical assimilation.
  • Our graduating chiefs’ numbers in 2019 were at the 84th percentile for vaginal hysterectomy, 70th percentile for laparoscopic hysterectomy, 82nd percentile for invasive cancer, 80th percentile for vaginal deliveries, 84th percentile for Cesarean deliveries.
  • Our residents graduate with approximately 44 “primary surgeon” minimally invasive robotic surgeries.  This is estimated to be at the 58th percentile nationally.
  • As of 2020, our Department faculty have six NIH grants, including the NIH's Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP), for which our own Dr. Danny Schust is the national Director.
  • Four seasons, beautiful surroundings, SEC sports, ideal university town, fine dining, nice people, low cost of living.

 

Program Highlights

Accreditation

Our program is fully accredited by the OB/GYN Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with past commendation for program leadership and innovative educational approach.  Our last site visit was March 2012, when we received the maximum possible cycle length. We were approved in 2019 for 4 residents per year.

Strong Faculty Support

During morning report, in the operating room, and on Labor and Delivery, residents, faculty, and medical students interact and use clinical material as a springboard for learning. Timely and constructive feedback is given regularly and frequent meetings with the Program Director keep lines of communication open. In addition, each resident receives mentorship and support for progress toward Board Certification and job procurement or fellowship placement.

Weekly Didactics

Once a week, we dedicate a half-day to formal didactics including Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Case Conferences, faculty and resident lectures, and resident meetings.

Resident-Focused Program

Our program is resident-focused, with a strong hierarchical structure and clearly defined duties. Residents assume higher degrees of clinical and teaching responsibilities with each subsequent year in the program. Program leaderships seeks continuous improvement based on resident feedback, with much of the feedback and planning taking place first during our fall resident retreat, and then again during our annual Program Evaluation Committee meeting.

World-Class Academic Presence

Our research labs include more than 2,000 square feet of wet lab space and approximately 16 scientists, technicians, and clinical research nurses. Our Department has a strong academic presence with many publications in journals including: Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Gynecological Oncology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Human Reproduction, Simulation in Healthcare and Fertility and Sterility.

Residency training at MU