Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
Houston Methodist’s obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) residency offers an outstanding educational opportunity due to our dedicated and knowledgeable team of specialists in the field. We offer the latest in research, medical innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques, and an unparalleled commitment to patient care. We aim to maintain a standard of excellence that promises only the best care for our patients and, therefore, only the best education for our medical students and residents. One example of Houston Methodist's technical capabilities is that we possess seven da Vinci robotic systems, including two new dual console Si models, allowing the resident/assistant to participate in the surgery, going above and beyond every other hospital in the country.

Program Overview
Our OB-GYN residency program combines the strengths of a university program with the diversity of a community program. We have strong ties with three different medical schools, including Weill Cornell Medical College, the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and an emphasis in academics and research. Residents rotate through five general hospitals and are exposed to an expansive clinical experience.

Gynecologic surgical instruction is a very important part of the training of the obstetrician-gynecologist. We take pride in having some of the finest gynecological surgeons on faculty, along with our surgical training laboratory, simulators and technical equipment, which enable cutting-edge education. Dr. Danielle Antosh is co-director of the Houston Methodist Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Program, which is a collaboration of gynecology, urogynecology, colorectal surgery, plastic surgery and urology in caring for women with complex gynecological surgical conditions. Additionally, Houston Methodist has seven da Vinci robotic systems, the most of any hospital in the United States. Two of these systems are the new Si dual variety, which has the primary console for the surgeon and a second console for the resident assistant. Residents are certified in robotic surgery before the PGY-4 year.

Program Highlights
The OB-GYN residency also includes unique offerings that include faculty mentoring, retreats, specialized rotations, funding for research presentations and access to Houston Methodist’s Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE) facilities. Below are some highlights of our unique OB-GYN residency program:
  • Mentorship Program: Each resident is assigned a faculty member as a mentor to assist in adapting to the pressures of residency and to offer a safe and relaxed setting for career discussion and advice. Mentor-resident meetings occur throughout the year. Resident preference is used to guide the assignments.
  • Resident Retreat: Twice a year, residents engage in a resident-only all-day retreat for the purpose of team building, communication and building morale. This is a completely resident-directed event and funded through the Department of OB-GYN. During the resident retreat, faculty members cover the resident responsibilities, allowing all the residents to be off campus.
  • Chief Resident Continuity Rotation: Residents need to progressively become more autonomous, eventually working toward evaluating and managing their own patients. To help the adjustment to independent practice, each chief resident has a two-month rotation where they evaluate gynecologic patients in the outpatient setting and make decisions for therapy. Those patients the residents want to take to the operating room are presented at the Gynecologic Disposition Conference, where the resident must defend their proposed management based on current literature and be prepared to discuss alternative therapies and why their proposed plan is best.
  • Funding for Resident Research Presentations: Residents who have their research accepted to regional or national conferences are given funding to pay for their travel expenses. In the past five years, residents have presented to national conferences such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Venues include Orlando, New York City, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Diego, San Antonio and Austin.
  • MITIE Skills Laboratory: The Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE) houses a comprehensive training facility for teaching both open and laparoscopic surgical skills, flexible endoscopy, and critical care procedures, such as airway management, central line placement and invasive cardiac monitoring. Residents and fellows are given 24-hour access, so that each can work at their own pace and on their own schedule. As part of the conference schedule, resident levels alternate through the laboratory.

For Additional Information

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For more about eligibility and the application process online or contact:

Linda Swagger, C-TAGME
OB-GYN Residency Coordinator
Houston Methodist Hospital OB-GYN Residency Program
1401 St. Joseph Pkwy.
Susan K. Strake Building, 1st Floor
SKS1106A
Houston, TX 77002
Email: LFSwagger@HoustonMethodist.org
Tel. 713.756.8374 
Fax: 713.657.7191