Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director's Message

The Department of Obstetrics and 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.  We provide 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 encourages residents to fully participate as members of the health care team.

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.  Faculties at both hospitals are integrally involved in and devoted to the education of residents and medical students. 

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 - sessions focusing on advocacy, ethics, humanities, and professionalism, which help residents acquire skills in applying these principles to clinical decision-making.

A weekly residency-wide didactic session provides a comprehensive two-year curriculum in which residents are protected from their clinical duties. Every week, a class is sequestered for simulation training often in the NCASE laboratory.  Journal clubs are designed to enhance the critical evaluation of the literature and reinforce evidence-based medicine.  Monthly small-group resident research meetings are led by members of our research faculty, during which all residents present research status updates and receive 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 research opportunities. We look forward sharing our plans with you personally.

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 and Gynecology. Should you have further questions about our residency program, please e-mail our residency coordinator, Reneé Poland

Best Regards,

Susan E. Gerber, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Residency Program Director

Susan E. Gerber, MD, MPH

Susan E. Gerber, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Education 
Residency Program Director and Vice Chair, Education