Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rotations

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Residents spend the majority of their time in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. The two main teaching sites are Ben Taub Hospital, and the Pavilion For Women. Both are high volume, high patient acuity sites. After four years of training, our residents leave confident they are well-prepared to deal with almost every type of obstetrical and gynecological case that they may encounter.

Exposure to these diverse facilities and their physicians allow our residents to learn cutting edge techniques in all aspects of medicine related to women’s health.

During the four-year training program, residents rotate through our affiliated hospitals and the various public and private clinics associated with these institutions.

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Chief resident Dr. Sabbagh assisted Houston Zoo veterinary staff and Dr. Swaim with reproductive exams for the zoo's endangered great apes such as this anesthetized chimpanzee, Kira.
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Chief resident Dr. Sabbagh assisted Houston Zoo veterinary staff and Dr. Swaim with reproductive exams for the zoo's endangered great apes such as this anesthetized chimpanzee, Kira.

Our close relationship with the Zoo and other Houston institutions make experiences like this possible for our residents. 

Photo with permission of Houston Zoo not for reproduction.

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PGY-1 Rotation Schedule

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The first year is focused on obtaining basic clinical and surgical skills (open and laparoscopic), and consists of monthly rotations in the following areas:

Gynecology clinic and Gynecology OR, Labor & Delivery/Night Float, High Risk Ob Clinic, and Ultrasound

Month Area
January Ben Taub Labor & Delivery
  Gynecology OR
  Gynecology Clinic
  Labor & Delivery Nights
  Ben Taub Labor & Delivery
  Obstetrics High Risk
  Gynecology OR 
  Gynecology Clinic
  Labor & Delivery Nights
  Pavilion for Women Labor and Delivery Days
  Ultrasound
December Ben Taub Labor & Delivery Nights

 

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PGY-2 Rotation Schedule

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In the second year our residents assume a more active role in teaching our medical students and PGY1s, and add to their developing clinical skills, while getting an exposure to breadth of subspecialties our field offers. The second-year curriculum consists of monthly rotations in the following areas:

Pediatric Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Cervical Dysplasia, Gynecologic Surgery, Labor & Delivery/Night Float

Month Area
January Labor and Delivery
February Ben Taub Labor and Delivery Nights
March Ben Taub MFM
April Pavilion for Women Cesarean Section
May Pavilion for Women Labor & Delivery Days
June Gynecology, OR
July Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
August Pavillion for Women Labor & Delivery Nights
September Ben Taub Days
October

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI)

November Oncology
December Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
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PGY-3 Rotation Schedule

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In the third year our residents begin to supervise junior residents, take a larger role in the teaching of our medical students, have the opportunity to participate in Global Health, and work to refine their gynecologic surgical skills. The third-year residents' curriculum consists of monthly rotations in the following areas:

Gynecology clinic and Gynecology OR, Family Planning, Ambulatory Gynecology Procedures, Inpatient Maternal Fetal Medicine, Labor & Delivery/Night Float, Oncology, and an Elective month

Month Area
January Elective
February

Pavilion for Women Labor & Delivery Days

March OB High Risk
April Pavilion for Women Labor & Delivery Nights
May Ambulatory Gynecology
June Gynecology OR 
July Gynecology Clinic
August Texas Women’s Hospital Gynecology
September Maternal Fetal Medicine
October Ben Taub Labor & Delivery Nights
November Oncology
December Ben Taub Labor & Delivery Days
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PGY-4 Rotation Schedule

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In the fourth year our residents function as leaders and consultants for their teams of junior residents and medical students. The fourth-year residents' curriculum is primarily composed of surgical rotations in the following areas:

Gynecology clinic and Gynecology OR, Private and VA Gynecology Surgery, Urogynecology, Oncology, Labor & Delivery/Night Float

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January Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
February

Veteran Affairs Gynecology

March Ben Taub Labor & Delivery Days
April Baylor St. Luke's Days
May Baylor St. Luke's Oncology
June Pavilion for Women Labor & Delivery Days
July Texas Women’s Hospital Gynecology
August Ben Taub Labor & Delivery Nights
September Pavilion for Women Gynecology
October OB High Risk
November Gynecology OR
December Gynecology Clinic
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Call Assignments

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We have a night float system for both main teaching hospitals, requiring our residents to only take night call on the weekends. In the PGY-4 year our residents participate in gynecology back up call for a few months of the year.

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TMC Affiliates

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Our affiliate hospitals include many that ranked among the best in the United States.