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Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

Welcome to the UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science Residency Training Program! The information on this website should provide you with a comprehensive picture of the resources, facilities, and philosophy of postgraduate education at the UC San Diego Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science Residency Training Program.

Our training program is a four-year fully accredited program designed to train the next generation of leaders in our specialty. We are an integrated program of UC San Diego Medical Center and Kaiser Foundation Hospital. The hallmark of our department is the quality of its patient care services and teaching - and these two functions are among the highest priorities of the faculty. The program is designed to give each resident a structured clinical and didactic experience in primary care, obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic-oncology, perinatology, reproductive endocrinology-infertility, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. The clinical experience mixes team care approaches with apprenticeship experiences. Our patient base includes all socioeconomic classes and a mix of patient funding sources including state, HMOs, managed care, and private indemnity plans. Our goals are to provide a problem-solving approach to postgraduate education and to strive to reach a good balance of clinical experience, education, and academic stimulation so that our graduates emerge as well-rounded obstetrician-gynecologists prepared to become physician leaders in their community or academic medicine. On behalf of the faculty, we welcome your application to this program and look forward to speaking with you in person.

Linda Brubaker, MD                        D. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, MPH

Professor and Interim Chair          Associate Clinical Professor
                                                             Residency Program Director



The overall educational objective of our program is to train residents to have the knowledge, skills, and compassion to be outstanding obstetrician-gynecologists. We seek to prepare residents to be leaders in the field of obstetrics-gynecology and to provide excellent care to women. We have designed our program to allow residents to acquire the basic fund of knowledge of our specialty, develop superb clinical and surgical skills, have experience in all of the sub-specialty areas, and be exposed to the scientific basis of our discipline.

Residents completing the program are expected to achieve competence in:

  • Patient care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

All residents are prepared to be academic or community leaders or to pursue sub-specialty training. We achieve these educational objectives with an integrated training program, which combines the resources of the University of California (San Diego) Medical Center and Kaiser Foundation Hospital. This integration combines the strengths of a well-balanced academic and clinical experience for our residents.

Program Information

The Department of Reproductive Medicine at UCSD offers a four-year Categorical Residency for clinical postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Categorical Residency is defined by the American Medical Association as a "program in which there is some diversification of the type of training but with most of the training related to the specialty field." The concept is a single continuum of postgraduate education in obstetrics and gynecology beginning immediately after medical school. Physicians entering the program are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and are designated Resident Physician I (RPI) in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Physicians in the second, third, and fourth years of the Categorical Residency are designated Resident Physician II, III, and IV, respectively.

Completion of the first year of residency satisfies current requirements of many state medical boards for one year of "internship."

Application Process

All Resident Physician I (RPI) positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Application materials are submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), via the Dean's Office of the applicant's medical school. We accept application ONLY through ERAS.

A complete application file consists of:

  1. ERAS Application
  2. Personal statement
  3. At least three letters of recommendation (from OB/GYN, Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics, etc.)
  4. The Dean's letter (MSPE) and transcripts
  5. USMLE scores - REQUIRED - All exams must be passed on the first attempt. Applications received from applicants who have not passed their USMLE on the first attempt will not be considered. Current residents in our program averaged 239 on Step I and 254 on Step II. Step II CK and CS must be completed and the score provided before the NRMP rank list deadline.
  6. Please note: NRMP is the only system we use to rank and match our candidates. It is the responsibility of each applicant to make sure they are registered with NRMP.

We are following the CREOG and APGO guidelines for the new specialty-wide standards for the OB/GYN residency application and interview process

International medical school graduates must have passed all appropriate examinations and be approved by the Medical Board of California to begin postgraduate medical education in this state. The UCSD Graduate Medical Education website provides Guidelines for International Medical School Graduates.

The following dates have been selected for 2019 residency recruitment season

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020

We interview a total of 60 candidates (15 candidates per 4 dates) to match for 6 slots.

Any additional questions regarding the OB/GYN residency training program and/or the contents on this website can be directed to Justin Maisonet.