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Director's Message

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Letter from Laurence Shields, MD, Program Director

Welcome to Dignity Health’s OB residency program at Marian Regional Medical Center (Marian)! I would like to highlight what we have to offer for a rich and rewarding residency experience. The Marian program will take three residents per year and is committed to creating a supportive environment to enhance learning and perfect skills. Our team of physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals work collaboratively with residents to provide health care at uncompromising standards. Residents will train within the full spectrum of obstetrics and gynecology, including subspecialties: maternal-fetal medicine; gynecologic oncology; reproductive endocrinology & infertility; female pelvic reconstruction/urogynecology; and family planning. We aim to prepare residents to be able to deliver evidence-based care for patients in a kind and compassionate manner, where the patient is included as part of the health care team.  

As a regional medical center on the Central Coast of California where agriculture is a leading industry, Marian is the sole hospital in the Santa Maria Valley, with nearby Vandenburg Air Force Base to the west and Pismo Beach to the north. Based on the diverse population that is our service area, Marian encounters a wide variety of cases which will help cultivate a dynamic learning environment for our residents. The obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Marian will be a place where you will learn and practice in a warm and supportive environment and grow professionally and personally. I sincerely hope that you will explore the website and take a closer look at what our program has to offer.


Laurence Shields, MD
Program Director
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program