House Staff Training

The cornerstone of the educational process is the weekly lecture series designed to cover intensively obstetrics, gynecology, the subspecialties, and primary care in a twelve to eighteen month time frame. These Friday morning didactic sessions are allocated as protected teaching time and all residents are expected to attend these lectures from August through May. In June, chief residents participate in lectures devoted to written boards review. In July, a series of orientation and introductory lectures (anatomy, gynecological examinations, normal labor and delivery, etc.) are held for the new first year residents. In December, didactic sessions focus on preparation for the annual in-service exam.

Interesting cases at Bellevue Hospital are presented by junior residents at a case review each Tuesday. Departmental Grand Rounds are held every Wednesday for all members of the faculty housestaff and medical students. Journal Club meets weekly at Bellevue Hospital every Monday morning. Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held at Tisch Hospital, in which chief residents present cases from both Bellevue and Tisch Hospitals requiring critical evaluation by the housestaff and faculty.

There are also various conferences and journal clubs for the subspecialties, including Gynecological Oncology, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. These are generally attended by housestaff on the respective rotation but are open to any interested residents.

Night Float

The on-call schedule provides the housestaff with an opportunity to achieve an appropriate clinical experience, while still yielding time for study and leisure. All years of residency utilize a night float system for weeknight coverage (Sunday night through Thursday night).


Residents are required to participate in research during the course of their training, and are required to present at least one paper during the third year at Residents' Honors Day held in June. Faculty members in each subspecialty, as well as general Ob/Gyn, Pathology and Anesthesia are actively involved in basic science and clinical projects, and are readily available to serve as advisors for the residents' studies. A research supervisor will be chosen in the first year to work with you throughout the research process. A number of departmental resources are available to facilitate research projects.