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All of our core faculty physicians have experience with resident education and equally important practical community experience that is vital to patient care. The Santa Maria Women’s Health Center at Marian is the practice site for the program’s resident physicians and where they will care for their own panel of patients under the supervision of dedicated OB and MFM faculty physicians. This on-campus health center is newly remodeled and technologically up-to-date and offers comprehensive care for low and high-risk obstetrical patients. It also serves as a state-designated prenatal diagnosis center for women with special needs during pregnancy. 

The gynecology experience will be at Santa Maria Women’s Health Center which is also adjacent to the hospital. Here the residents will be teamed with attending gynecologists to maximize their surgical and outpatient gynecology experience.  This rotation will be further enhanced through our collaboration with the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHC) which is a federally qualified heath center (FQHC). The primary focus of this rotation is benign gynecology and contraception training. 

The gynecologic oncology experience is located at Mission Hope Cancer Center, also adjacent to the hospital. Here the residents will team with core gyn-onc faculty and learn basic and advanced surgical procedures, including robotic surgery, for women with gynecologic cancers and complex benign gynecologic surgical problems. The teaching will be both hands-on in the OR and via a formal didactic program. Options to develop and conduct clinical research projects with mentorship by the attending physician will also be made available. Medical oncology (chemotherapy and biologic/targeted therapies) for gynecologic cancers as well as radiation oncology concepts in gynecologic cancers will be taught during these rotations. Residents on this service will attend the biweekly multidisciplinary tumor board meeting where they will interface with other specialists (medical oncology, breast oncology, radiation oncology and palliative care) caring for women affected by gynecologic cancers. 

During the uro-gyn rotation, residents will complete work-ups and evaluations of female pelvic reconstruction and urologic associated conditions and explore medical and surgical management.

The reproductive endocrinology and infertility experience will be one hour south of Santa Maria with Southern California Reproductive Center in Santa Barbara. This group has a long history of training residents, an adjacent surgery center, and a state-of-the-art embryology lab. It is an ideal setting for the resident experience within this subspecialty. 

In addition to concentrating on their outpatient practice, residents have opportunities to participate in seminars, simulation projects, and other small group activities.

Program rotations for the ob/gyn residency program include:

Introduction to Clinical OB/GYN (4 weeks)
Obstetrics (16 weeks)
Gynecology (16 weeks)
Inpatient medicine (8 weeks)
Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility (4 weeks)
Neonatal intensive care unit (2 weeks)
Breast Surgery (2 weeks)

Obstetrics (16 weeks)
Gynecology/ Gynecological oncology (16 weeks)
Obstetrics night float (8 weeks)
Ambulatory  (4 weeks)
Bariatric Surgery (2 weeks)
Breast Surgery (2 weeks)
Elective (4 weeks)

Obstetrics (2 months)
Gynecology (2 months)
Gynecological oncology (2 months)  
Obstetrics night float (2 months)
Urology/gynecology (2 months)
Electives (2 months)

Obstetrics (4 months)
Gynecology (2 months) 
Gynecological oncology (2 months) 
Urology/gynecology (2 months)
Reproductive endocrinology/infertility (2 months)

Possible Electives
Behavioral Health
Emergency Medicine


Learn More About Our Residency Program

Please contact Sarah Perry
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