Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program | MedStar Washington Hospital Center | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health―Washington Hospital Center Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology

MedStar Washington Hospital Center's residency training program is unique in three major ways. First, it is a residency program that matches a high volume of clinical experience with close instruction by attending faculty. Residents have exposure to a wide variety of gynecologic pathology and high-risk obstetrics in the context of a balanced teaching and service environment.

Second, the program is focused on meeting the needs and requests of its trainees. As such, residents play an integral role in structuring the didactic and clinical curriculum in which they learn. Finally, MedStar Washington combines all of the benefits of an intimate community training program with the resources of a major urban academic medical center.

Why train here

As an independent program, we have the flexibility to mold an individual resident's experience to his or her needs. At the same time, we have the resources of our own departmental full-time faculty in addition to the faculty of the other 22 Hospital Center–based residency programs as well as the research faculty of the MedStar Health Research Institute.


The curriculum is designed to meet the training objectives of the Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. As such, the program provides ample opportunities for residents to achieve the knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology, and to the delivery of ambulatory primary health care for women.

The training provides residents experience in all areas of women's health, and prepares them for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology examination. Since 1997, the program has had a high pass rate on the written ABOG exam. 


Along with the Ob/Gyn residents’ clinical training, they participate in a comprehensive didactic program. This includes skills lab at our state-of-the-art Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL), teaching rounds, clinical case conferences, interdepartmental conferences, specialty conferences, seminars and other functions held primarily for the benefit of the residents. 

Regularly scheduled educational activities

R = Required for all, O = Optional, R/S = Required when on service


 Activity  R/O/RS  Times Per Month
 Grand Rounds  R  4 (September-June)
 Teaching Rounds  RS  Daily
 GYN Rounder  RS  Weekly
 Education  R  4
 Skills Lab  R  2
 Pre-Op  R  1
 M&M  R  1
 Journal Club  R  1
 MFM Lectures  R/S  1
 High Risk Conference  R/S  4
 Research Development & Review Meeting  R  1
 Fibroid Conference  RS  1
 Peer Review Conference  RS  1
 Tumor Board  RS  1
 Family Planning Conference  RS  1
 UROGYN Pre-Op  RS  1
 MIGS Pre-Op Education  RS  1
 MIGS Skills Lab  RS  2
 Book Club  RS  Quarterly



Location Duration (Blocks)
Obstetrics MWHC / MGUH 4
Gynecology MWHC / MGUH / VHC 3
Women’s Primary Care MGUH 1
Sonography/Genetics MGUH 1
Gynecologic Oncology MWHC 1
Ambulatory Clinic LAF 1


Location Duration (Blocks)
Obstetrics MWHC / VHC 2
Maternal-Fetal Medicine MWHC / VHC 2
Gynecology MWHC / VHC 3
Family Planning MWHC 1
Adolescent Gynecology MWHC / CNMC 1
Ambulatory Clinic VHC 1
Varies 1


Location Duration (Blocks)
Obstetrics MWHC/MGUH 3
Gynecology VHC / HCH 2
Gynecologic Oncology MWHC 1
Urogynecology MWHC 1
Elective Varies 1
Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery


Location Duration (Blocks)
Obstetrics MWHC  2
Gynecology MWHC / MGUH / VHC 3
Urogynecology MWHC 1
Gynecologic Oncology MWHC / MGUH 2
Ambulatory Clinic VHC 1
Float Varies 1

MWHC = MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MGUH = MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

VHC = Virginia Hospital Center

HCH = Holy Cross Hospital

SGF = Shady Grove Fertility

CNMC = Children's National Medical Center

LAF=Women’s Health at Lafayette Centre 


All residents are strongly encouraged to be involved in a series of research projects throughout their training. The completion of at least one such project is a requirement for graduation.

The inclusion of research in the residency curriculum serves several purposes. First, it gives residents the opportunity to learn the principles of study design and statistical analysis. Second, it teaches residents to develop realistic research objectives and to allocate the necessary time for the project's progress and success. Finally, it gives residents added experience in public speaking and in the development of visual presentations.

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Mary Nguyen

For more information, please contact:

Mary Nguyen
OB/GYN Medical Education
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, NW Suite 5B-63
Washington, D.C., 20010
P: 202-877-8035
F: 202-877-5435
Email: Mary.P.Nguyen@MedStar.net