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Residency Program Director's Message

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to provide comprehensive training to the next generation of leaders in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. This residency offers extensive clinical educational opportunities for our residents through our affiliated care sites with a large, diverse patient base. Our faculty includes full-time academic physicians and scientists, as well as a multitude of dedicated clinicians and teachers. Our commitment to graduate medical education centers residents as core members of the healthcare team in an educational environment that is inclusive and supportive to all.

Residents spend two-thirds of their time at Prentice Women’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art dedicated women’s hospital that is part of Northwestern Medicine. Residents spend the other one-third of their time at John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County, the primary safety net hospital for the city of Chicago (Resident rotations). Faculty at both hospitals are integrally involved in and devoted to the education of residents and medical students. Our residents not only have the opportunity to rotate amongst each of the subspecialties in our field, but also throughout their training to care for the diverse patient population of the women of Chicago, including the most underserved.

Similar to the clinical experience, resident education is multifaceted and wide-ranging. Weekly conferences include departmental grand rounds and a clinical service review, as well as individual specialty conferences that take place regularly in Ultrasound, Reproductive Genetics, Endoscopy, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Family Planning and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. During the summer, departmental grand rounds are replaced by a resident-led Summer Series focusing on advocacy, ethics, humanities and professionalism, which help residents acquire skills in applying these principles to clinical decision-making and their future careers.

A weekly residency-wide didactic session provides a comprehensive two-year curriculum during which residents are protected from their clinical duties, and is supplemented by robust simulation training. There is additionally a longitudinal resident research series, led by members of our research faculty and our heads of Resident research, during which all residents present research status updates and receive directed guidance and mentorship.

We believe that the Northwestern residency program in obstetrics and gynecology provides the very best training for our residents in addition to excellent patient care and unparalleled research opportunities. The greatest strength of our program is the residents themselves – a group of fantastic people from diverse backgrounds who are hard-working and close-knit. They work seamlessly together while at work and also support each other and enjoy each other’s company outside of work (Resident life). We are truly fortunate that these individuals make up our residency family, and we can’t wait for you to meet all of them.

We hope you find this information about our residency program helpful. Please continue to explore this site to learn more about the residency program and opportunities that are available within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Should you have further questions about our residency program, please email our residency coordinator, Reneé Poland.

Best Regards,

Hinchcliff-HeadshotEmily M. Hinchcliff, MD
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Residency Program Director