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A Day in the Life of an Ob/Gyn Resident

We are delighted you are interested in an exciting and rewarding career in obstetrics and gynecology. Our specialty offers a diverse of academic and clinical experience in gynecology, oncology, infertility, urogynecology, maternal medicine fetal medicine, pediatric gynecology and sonography.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. The University of Texas Medical Branch is a component of the University Texas System and is located on beautiful Galveston Island and 40 miles south of Houston, Texas. dayinlifeAs one of the first departments in the School of Medicine at UTMB, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has provided over 100 years of specialty training, patient care and research.

PGY1 Family Medicine Rotation The Family Medicine rotation is a fun and relaxed rotation. The clinic is incredibly efficient and a great environment and the hours are reasonable. The rotation gives us experience managing common chronic conditions that we see and treat as OB-GYNs, such as hypertension, thyroid disease, and diabetes. Additionally, we perform preventive care, which requires that we learn screening guidelines. The rotation provides an opportunity to interact with the Family Medicine residents, whom we also see on Labor and Delivery, and they are a great group of people. This rotation is a good time to study for Step 3 if you are motivated to take the exam early

The family medicine rotation is a great opportunity to gain experience in general primary care. Not only does it prepare us for those "by the way" questions about a sore throat or headaches that are sometimes asked of us in the Ob/Gyn clinics, it gives us a broader perspective from which to consider the problems that our own patients bring to us. As an intern, going outside the department also allows us to meet other faculty and residents (which is helpful when you see them down in the ER or on their L&D rotations!).

PGY2 Gynecology
GYN is an excellent rotation, providing a wonderful mixed team dynamic and the opportunity to evaluate many diverse gynecological complications. As a second year the rotation becomes far more interesting as you assume more of a leadership position, as the upper levels are frequently unavailable to manage day to day patient concerns. You also have the chance to greatly improve overall examination skills in the weekly TDCJ clinics where the large patient volume provides ample opportunity to refine important skills such as colposcopy and preforming LEEPs.

GYN: In residency there is always so much to learn and everything is new and interesting, especially as the R2 on the GYN service. As you start to earn more responsibilities, you also earn more complex cases. I did my first hysterectomy as a second year GYN resident - abdominal and laparoscopic. The learning curve is steep, as always in residency, but it is cool to look back and see how much improvement in clinical and surgical skills you've made!

PGY3 The University of Texas - M.D. Anderson Cancer Centermdanderson
The MD Anderson rotation is a 6 week rotation in Houston, you will live in an apartment in Houston. You will be part of one of Gyn Oncology teams and get to take care of many patients with a wide variety of gynecologic cancers. MD Anderson is one of the top cancer hospitals in the world and as a result has patients from all over the country and world that come there to get care. You get the opportunity to take care of patients in clinic and in the hospital and learn from world renowned Gyn Oncologists. You will participate in extremely interesting surgeries including radical hysterectomies, large staging and debulking procedure, and many other procedures. The MD Anderson rotation is a huge asset to the residency training program and we are grateful for the learning experience.

PGY4 Gynecology - Beaumont, TX christus
The rotation in Beaumont provides UTMB residents the chance to work one-on-one with private practice physicians and learn their individual surgical techniques, approaches, and styles. We are exposed to a high volume of surgical cases and become comfortable with the various approaches for a hysterectomy (TAH, TLH, LAVH, supracervical hyst, and robotic hysts) in addition to many other gynecologic surgeries. This not only provides us with the excellent teaching by this private practice group of surgeons, but also notably increases resident case numbers and case variety. Residents are also provided with the opportunity, if interested, to participate in office procedures such as IUD placement, hysteroscopic Essure placements, and endometrial ablations. 

PGY4 Obstetrics
ob orThe Obstetrics rotation is typically 4 weeks long and encompasses a wide variety of patients and procedures. You will gain experience doing vaginal deliveries (including vacuum and forceps deliveries), cesarean sections, tubal ligations, laceration repairs, amniocentesis, and external cephalic version. We not only take care of patient's in labor and delivery but our triage, as well. You will have the opportunity to evaluate patients for complaints ranging from contractions, rupture of membranes, and vaginal bleeding to seizures, fever, headache and more. You really get exposed to the entire breath of obstetrics and even some stuff that is not obstetrically related. We benefit from a close relationship with the midwife team, as well as the pediatrics and anesthesia teams. MFM fellows are also present on labor and delivery and are all excellent teachers.