Welcome to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Rochester General Hospital
Thank you for your interest in the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at Rochester General Hospital. Rochester General Hospital is a teaching hospital and a member hospital of Rochester Regional Health. Our system consists of five hospitals covering a 14-county area in New York State with seamless integrated healthcare and the highest level of care for newborns, pregnant women, and women with gynecologic cancers or other health issues needing care in Women’s Health…
Peter Mroz, MD
Residency Program Director
Our Residents are expected to develop and present a research project by the end of their third year of residency. Their research projects are presented during Resident Research Day, an event held every May, where the third year projects are judged by a selected group of attending physicians.
Weekly Didactics Schedule
Resident didactic time is protected time. By our department’s use of physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and faculty attending physicians, our residents are able to enjoy uninterrupted education time for various academic activities every Wednesday from 8 am to 1 pm and for Grand Rounds on Thursdays from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. Didactics is not just lectures, but also includes interactive learning, CREOG quizzes, lab simulations, tumor board, written and oral board preps, animal labs, and resident retreats.
Animal Lab /Simulation Lab/Hands-on Surgical Training
Our residents get the opportunity to improve surgical skills through various animal labs, simulation training and hands-on surgical training. There are three laparoscopic training simulators for the residents to learn and brush up their laparoscopic skills. The hospital is proud of its Sahler Animal lab where residents and physicians alike practice open, laparoscopic and laser surgical techniques. Our Residents are trained on robotic surgical techniques through web based and hands-on training provided in our surgical simulation lab and on our robotic simulator. They also have regular multidisciplinary simulations with nursing, pediatrics and emergency to improve their patient care skills.
Perinatology, Antenatal Testing and High Risk Obstetrics
The division of Perinatology and Antenatal Testing provides diagnostic services (such as ultrasound, amniocentesis, non-stress testing, biophysical scores, and AFP testing) in addition to genetic counseling for risk factors such as maternal age and hereditary disorders. A high-risk obstetrical clinic is held every Tuesday attended by a Perinatologist and members of the resident staff. Residents begin rotations in Ultrasound during their first year and enjoy a Maternal Fetal Medicine rotation during the next 3 years of their residency.
In the second and third year, residents rotate to the Institute for Reproductive Health and Fertility in Rochester. The facility is a private referral center for in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive techniques. Residents assist the Institute’s reproductive endocrinologists in infertility surgery at Unity Hospital. During this rotation, residents gain extensive knowledge in the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology.
The GYN Oncology Division at Rochester General Hospital is staffed by the Chair of our department, Dr. Eugene Toy, who is also the Director of Gyn Oncology and Dr. Jennifer Brown Broderick. Our Residents rotate to their Gyn Onc clinics and enjoy the opportunity to learn Gyn Oncology surgical procedures and the management of critically ill patients on the service without the competition of fellows.
Gynecologic surgery is performed on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The resident staff is trained in open and laparoscopic surgical techniques and due to our volume, statistically exceed the ACGME minimum experience standard.
Our Gyn operating room is equipped with the state of the art daVinci Robotic system and has been one of the leading hospitals in the nation regarding the number robotic surgeries done. Working together with our expert surgeons, our residents leave the program with excellent hands on training in robotic surgery.
Our Residents rotate to urogynecology during their third and fourth years. During this time, our residents spend some of their rotation in a private physician’s office, becoming more familiar with urodynamic testing procedures and the preoperative and postoperative management of patients with various problems related to distortion of pelvic anatomy. Urogynecological and pelvic reconstructive surgical procedures are also performed at Rochester General Hospital and residents on the rotation scrub with the urogynecologists to learn how to perform these procedures.
Each third year resident has a 4-week elective on their schedule. During these 4-weeks, the resident can for example go on a mission trip (with approval), do a rotation where they are seeking employment or fellowship, and/or work with any of our private physicians in their offices for private office experience.
Each third year resident has one week on their schedule dedicated to research. During this time, they are afforded the opportunity to study, finish their research projects, start new projects or assist other faculty/residents complete their research.
Obstetrical Inpatient Facilities
Our obstetric unit is equipped with 16 Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) suites and 18 antenatal and postpartum/post-op beds. The unit also has a four bed L&D triage, four high-risk labor rooms, two Labor, Delivery, and Recovery (LDR) rooms as well as two operating rooms that are dedicated only for cesarean births.
The philosophy of the inpatient unit is a Mother-Baby Care Unit, in which mothers and their infants are encouraged to share the same hospital room. Rochester General Hospital’s Birthing Center received special recognition beginning in 2000 with its designation from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund as the first “Baby-Friendly” hospital in New York State. In this environment, residents are encouraged and taught to promote and support breast-feeding mothers.
Pediatrics and Neonatology
Rochester General Hospital has a comprehensive pediatrics department, which includes a division of neonatology. A 12-bed Level II Special Care Nursery Unit is located adjacent to the Labor and Delivery unit. Attending pediatricians and neonatologists are available around the clock. Pediatric residents from the University of Rochester Medical Center also rotate through the nursery at RGH for part of their NICU experience.
The Women's Center (TWC)
The Women’s Center provides the majority of the department’s outpatient services. Its staff includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, registered nurses, registered dietitians, and social workers. The Women’s Center offers a variety of educational programs and services to the patients and residents.
The Women’s Center is where each resident follows a group of patients in a private practice setting throughout the duration of their residency. Residents see patients in their office session one half day every week during the four years of the program. An OB/GYN attending physician is present at each of the continuity practice sessions to consult with and supervise residents on a variety of clinical situations. This continuity model provides a valuable opportunity for residents to become familiar with the practical aspects of managing patients in ambulatory settings.
HOW TO APPLY
Our program invites applications from individuals with the following qualifications:
- Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee in Medical Education (LCME).
- Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Graduates of medical schools outside of the United States and Canada must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to the residency program start date.
Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Applicant must participate in the National Residency Matching Process (NRMP)
Application must be complete and available to the OB/GYN Department by the deadline of November 30th.
For more information on criteria and application requirements, please visit the ERAS website.
Due to the number of inquiries we receive, we are unable to review any applicant information that is not submitted through ERAS. Additional information about our Internal Medicine Residency Program can be found on the Rochester Regional Health Web site.
Criteria and Requirements
The following are criteria for interviewing graduates of both LCME and non-LCME approved medical schools:
USMLE scores are an important consideration; applicants with scores of at least 220 minimum for Step 1 and 2CK are given preference and must be passed on the first attempt. Step 3 is not required for an interview, but must be passed before the end of the first year of residency. For DO students, COMLEX 1 & 2 are accepted with a minimum score of 520 on COMLEX 1.
There is no cut-off number for the maximum number of years since graduation from medical school, but applicants who have received postgraduate training or have been clinically active since medical school graduation will be given preference.
If you graduated from a non-LCME-accredited medical school located in one country, but completed one or more clinical clerkships in a different country, those clerkships must be certified under New York State Education Law. This information is not collected by the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). For each hospital in which you have completed such a clerkship, the Director of Medical Education or Department Chair must certify your completion of the clerkships.
* The hospital sponsors J1 and H-1B Visas. In the event that we are unable to secure an H1b visa, applicants must be willing to accept a J1 visa
Benefits & Compensation
Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2018-2019 academic year will be:
The following is a list of benefits granted to all residents at no charge.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology sponsors each chief resident for one conference a year. The department will also sponsor a resident for meetings or conferences at which the resident is presenting a paper.
Third year residents are sent to the CREOG Leadership Workshops in the Spring and our Chiefs are sent to board preparation classes in late Winter/early Spring.
Interns are provided with Williams Obstetrics, Comprehensive Gynecology and Zheng. Additional books throughout are provided as the curriculum warrants.
4 weeks of paid vacation per year
Comprehensive health insurance is extended to residents and their families at no charge.
Professional Liability Insurance
Professional liability insurance is provided by Rochester General Hospital’s insurance program for activities required by the residency program.
Term Life Insurance
$10,000 employer paid coverage with option to purchase added coverage up to 4 times annual salary
Plan for Short-term Disability
Full salary is continued during off-the-job disability up to 26 weeks
Option to purchase 50-67% of pay coverage
Option to enroll in tax deferred annuity plan.
Option to purchase one of two plans available
Free membership to state of the art Rochester Regional Health fitness center, including classes offered at the center.
Rochester General Hospital
1425 Portland Avenue, Box 249
Rochester, NY 14621
Toll Free: 866.733.4338
Eugene P. Toy, MD
Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, GYN Oncology Services
Peter Mroz, MD
Director, OBGYN Residency Program
Residency Program Coordinator