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Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

Message from Program Director

We appreciate your interest in the Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center Affiliated Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology and hope to receive your application. This website outlines the residency program and provides added insight into the clinical and research activities within the department.

Tufts has a long tradition of high quality training with excellence in all general and specialty areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We have active divisions in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and Family Planning. Most of the residency training occurs at our home institution – Tufts Medical Center. In addition, our four affiliates – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, MetroWest Medical Center, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, and the Cambridge Health Alliance – make important contributions to increase the breadth and depth of the residents’ clinical experiences. The program has a unique balance of university- and community-based experiences, evidence-based and cutting-edge practices, all with dedicated faculty and staff to guide and mentor the residents through their training. We maintain an elective rotation during the PGY-3 year, which allows residents the opportunity to explore individualized curriculum enhancement such as international work, away rotations, and full-time research activities. In addition, residents are matched with career and research mentors to ensure that their goals are fulfilled to the highest potential.

We look forward to receiving your application. Good luck in your efforts to obtain a residency position. We hope you give us at the Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center program serious consideration.

Brian Bond, MD, PharmD
Program Director 

Hong-Thao Thieu, MD
Associate Program Director 

Megan Evans, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director

Overview

Tufts has a long tradition of high quality training with excellence in all general and specialty areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We have active divisions in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and Family Planning.

Most of the residency training occurs at our home institution – Tufts Medical Center. In addition, our four affiliates – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, MetroWest Medical Center, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, and the Cambridge Health Alliance – make important contributions to increase the breadth and depth of the residents’ clinical experiences.

The program has a unique balance of university- and community-based experiences, evidence-based and cutting-edge practices, all with dedicated faculty and staff to guide and mentor the residents through their training. We maintain an elective rotation during the PGY-3 year, which allows residents the opportunity to explore individualized curriculum enhancement such as international work, away rotations, and full-time research activities.

In addition, residents are matched with career and research mentors to ensure that their goals are fulfilled to the highest potential.

Rotations

PGY-1

Rotation Block Length Number of Blocks
Gynecology 5 weeks 2
Gynecologic Oncology 5 weeks 2
L&D Day Float 5 weeks 2
Night Float 5 weeks 2
Surgical ICU 5 weeks 1
Emergency 5 weeks 1

PGY-2

Rotation Block Length Number of Blocks
Night Float 10 weeks 1
Clinics (Family Planning, Pediatric/Adolescent Gyn[PAG], Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility [REI]) 5/6 weeks 2
Metrowest Medical Center 10 weeks 1
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center 10/11 weeks 2

PGY-3

Rotation Block Length Number of Blocks
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 10 weeks 1
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
10 weeks 1
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center 10 weeks 1
Metrowest Medical Center 10 weeks 1
Elective 10 weeks 1

PGY-4

Rotation Block Length Number of Blocks
Gynecology 10 weeks 1
Gynecologic Oncology 10 weeks 1
L&D Day Float 10 weeks 2
Night Float 10 weeks 2
Clinics 10 weeks 1

Affiliations

Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center is the major teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital with more than 450 beds. Located in downtown Boston, across from the medical school and next to the theater district, it is a full-service hospital with residencies and fellowships in most departments. Department divisions include:

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • General Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Pediatric and Gynecology
  • Family Planning

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center is a physician-led, nonprofit group practice and is a teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Lahey encompasses an ambulatory care center serving more than 3,000 patients each day and a 317-bed hospital. Lahey combines the renowned specialty resources of its medical centers with top-quality primary care services at community-based practices throughout northeastern Massachusetts. Gynecology at Lahey offers women of all ages state-of-the-art medical care ranging from routine yearly examinations to more complex surgical procedures. Patients seen at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center have access to world-class multidisciplinary medical and surgical specialists.

Metro West Medical Center

Metro West Medical Center is a 459-bed hospital that provides a continuum of pediatric and adult healthcare services to the 25-town MetroWest communities. There are nearly 400 physicians on staff at MetroWest, with 28 full-time physicians in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The faculty is very involved in the residents’ education.

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is a 454-bed tertiary care center and a major teaching and research hospital affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine. The state-of-the-art St. Margaret’s Center for Women and Infants facility houses a 35-bed obstetrical unit; 37 well-baby bassinets; a 30-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); 12 labor, delivery and recovery suites; four traditional labor rooms; two cesarean birth rooms; and a 10-bed antepartum, gynecological unit.

Continuity Clinic Sites:

In addition to Tufts MC, MetroWest and St. Elizabeth’s, you may have the opportunity to see patients at the following locations:

Cambridge Hospital

Cambridge Hospital is a major community hospital with 182 beds serving the City of Cambridge and the surrounding suburbs. It recently won national recognition by Hillary Clinton for its care and financial success. The department of obstetrics and gynecology consists of seven physicians and a midwifery service that works jointly with the residents.

Neponset Health Center 

Neponset Health Center provides comprehensive medical services to residents in Dorchester and the surrounding communities. Neponset Health Center has an on-site retail pharmacy and WIC Nutrition Program. Neponset Health Center physicians and nurse practitioners are Board Certified or Board Eligible in their specialty.

Clinical Opportunities

The educational objectives for the Tufts OB/GYN residency program are broken down by year and rotation. They are mandated by the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and designed to give guidelines for learning expectations for each rotation. These guidelines are to be used in tandem with the CREOG Educational Objectives, which contain the required objectives for completion by all residents of an accredited program. Achieving the educational objectives occurs through a combination of clinical experiences, scholastic conferences, the didactic program, and reading.

PGY-1

Benign Gynecology

This first year rotation is diverse and provides the intern excellent training both in the operating room as well as in inpatient and ambulatory clinical care. In the OR, the intern will gain initial exposure to gynecologic procedures and learn the basic skills of hysteroscopy and laparoscopy. They will manage patients admitted to the general gynecology and urogynecology services, as well as provide consultation to other inpatient units and the emergency room. A final element of this rotation is to participate in an introductory ambulatory experience both in urogynecology and in a general gynecology clinic. During this time, the intern is expected to become proficient in obtaining a complete and pertinent history, performing a pelvic exam, prioritizing patient problems, determining the appropriate diagnostic studies, arriving at the correct diagnosis, deciding on the appropriate treatment, and arranging follow-ups.

Night Float

The first-year rotation on the night float service is a concentrated introduction to obstetrics and the general running of labor and delivery including the recognition and management of common obstetrical problems.  Interns will be exposed to fundamental obstetrical skills, particularly extensive experience with normal delivery and repairs, introduction to primary cesarean technique, and management of second trimester elective inductions.  They will also gain experience in the diagnosis and management of acute gynecologic problems as overnight consultants in the emergency room.

Gynecologic Oncology

The first-year rotation in Gynecologic Oncology has two main educational objectives. The first is to acquire a basic understanding of the principles and practice of gynecologic oncology. The second is to understand the principles of postoperative care and to apply those principles both to routine and complicated postoperative patients. The duties of the intern include management of the inpatient gynecologic oncology service and participation in evaluating patients in the gynecologic oncology clinic under the direct supervision of the attending staff.  While in the operating room, the intern will gain initial experience opening and closing the abdomen for major gynecologic procedures.

Surgical Intensive Care Unit

For this five-week rotation, the intern joins the MICU service alongside the surgical residents and attendings of Tufts Medical Center. The main focus of this rotation is the differential diagnosis, evaluation and treatment and serious medical co-morbidities.  This rotation should give the resident a foundation for the management of complicated medical in pregnancy as well as the management of common post-operative complications and gynecologic problems in patients with serious medical conditions.

Emergency Medicine

The Emergency Medicine rotation is a four-week experience in the Tufts Medical Center Emergency Department.  The focus of this rotation is the evaluation and management of emergent medical and primary care problems. During the rotation, the intern should become accustomed to obtaining a focused history rapidly and doing a targeted physical exam to evaluate emergency problems. Additionally, they should become familiar with obtaining appropriate consultation on patients and in the coordination of follow-up care.

PGY-2

CLINICS: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility/Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology/ Family Planning

This rotation divides the resident’s obligations between several clinical specialties: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology, and Family Planning.

REI clinic: The resident will be exposed to both the diagnosis and management of infertility and through this process will develop a proficiency in the performance and interpretation of transvaginal ultrasonography. Additionally, the resident will be exposed to a large variety of the hormonal milieu of the female patient with expectations to learn basic physiologic principles.

PAG clinic: the resident will become comfortable in the pediatric gynecologic examination. The resident will learn how to perform an adolescent’s first gynecology exam and become aware of the stages of adolescent development and pertinent adolescent issues. At a bi-monthly conference, the resident will discuss different diagnoses and treatment regimens in patients with menstrual irregularities.

Family Planning: service will focus on the counseling and management of both first and second trimester pregnancy terminations. Additionally, the intern will be exposed to contraceptive counseling as well as epidemiologic discussions of women’s health issues. The resident is encouraged to voice their own thoughts and preferences for their desired extent of participation and has the opportunity to opt-out of any procedures. There may be an opportunity to work at Planned Parenthood of Boston every Friday under the supervision of the family planning staff.

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Two residents, one third year and one second year, aid in the management of the obstetrics and gynecology services at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. 

The PGY-2 at SEMC will primarily care for the obstetric patients, but will play a significant role in the care of gynecologic patients. This will include participating in day surgery, gynecologic oncology, and benign gynecologic cases. The PGY 2 will become proficient in minor gynecologic procedures and obstetric procedures, including vaginal and operative delivery, cesarean delivery, and management of complications of labor. The PGY 2 will assist in managing the labor and delivery unit, as well as the antepartum and postpartum services.

The PGY-3 at SEMC will primarily care for the complicated obstetric, gynecologic and gynecologic oncology patients, but will play a significant role in the care of all patients on the OB/GYN services at SEMC.  This wil include participating in gynecologic oncology and benign gynecologic cases.  The PGY-3 will become proficient in major gynecologic and obstetric procedures, including advanced laparoscopy, hysterectomy, oncologic staging procedures, and cesarean and operative delivery techniques. The PGY-3 will lead the resident team in management of complications in these arenas. Finally, the PGY 3 will oversee patients on the labor and delivery unit as well as the antepartum and postpartum units, and coordinates team assignments and creates the call schedule.

Metrowest Medical Center

Two residents, one third year and one second year, aid in the management of the obstetrics and gynecology services at Metrowest Medical Center. While at Metrowest, the residents have the opportunity to work with a preliminary year Ob-Gyn resident who manages Labor and Delivery and shares in the call schedule.  The second year resident’s primary role is to assist in all gynecologic minor procedures and all major procedures not covered by the chief resident. With participation in surgery, the resident’s educational goals include the development of an understanding, not simply in the surgical anatomy and medical therapy, but also in the pathophysiologic principles underlying that therapy, the evidence upon which that therapy is based, and the consequent side effects. While on call, the responsibilities of the resident extend to coverage of labor and delivery, as well as the postpartum services. Additionally, the residents will cover a free care women’s health clinic organized by the medical center on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.

PGY-3

Elective Rotation

The third-year elective does not have specific educational objectives but is meant to be a 10-week block that can be tailored to the individual needs and interests of each resident. The resident will need to discuss a plan with the Program Director well in advance of the beginning of the rotation for her approval is required prior to the start of the elective. In the past, this rotation has been used for the development of research projects, as a chance to participate in international medical programs, or as a time to focus on additional training in areas of potential fellowship interests.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

For this third year rotation, the resident will be in charge of managing the antepartum patients for both the generalist, as well as the Maternal-Fetal Medicine attending services. The focus of the rotation is the management of patients with high-risk obstetrical complications as well as pregnancies of patients with complicated medical conditions. Resident experience includes the following areas of patient care: antepartum service, labor and delivery, Center for Perinatal Diagnosis (ultrasound clinic), and MFM outpatient clinic.

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

For this third year rotation, the resident will team with three residents from Boston University Medical Center as well as a Pelvic Floor fellow employed by Lahey in the management of the general gynecology and gynecologic oncology services. Lahey Hospital and Medical Center is a high volume surgical center and an excellent rotation for enhancing skills in both open gynecologic surgery as well as advanced minimally invasive procedures both laparoscopically and robotically.

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Two residents, one third year and one second year, aid in the management of the obstetrics and gynecology services at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. The third year resident functions as the chief resident while at St. Elizabeth’s with responsibilities extending to the general supervision of the junior resident and Tufts Medical students. The clinical experience for the chief resident is predominantly gynecologic with coverage of both the gynecologic oncology service as well as the high-volume generalist practice. Each week the resident will prepare tumor board presentations to be discussed at a multi-disciplinary meeting. While on call, the responsibilities of the resident extend to coverage of labor and delivery, as well as the inpatient antepartum and postpartum services.

Metrowest Medical Center

Two residents, one third year and one second year, aid in the management of the obstetrics and gynecology services at Metrowest Medical Center. While at Metrowest, the residents have the opportunity to work with a preliminary year Ob-Gyn resident who manages Labor and Delivery and shares in the call schedule. The third year resident functions as the chief resident while at Metrowest with responsibilities extending to the general supervision of the junior residents and Tufts Medical students. The third year resident’s primary role is to assist in all gynecologic major procedures including a large variety of minimally invasive surgeries. While on call, the responsibilities of the resident extend to coverage of labor and delivery, as well as the postpartum services. Additionally, the residents will cover a free care women’s health clinic organized by the medical center on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.

PGY-4

During their final year at Tufts Medical Center, the chief resident is responsible for the management of each of the main divisions of care including: labor and delivery (day float and night float), benign gynecology (urogynecology and general), gynecologic oncology, and clinical care. On all services the chief resident is responsible not only for overseeing the management of patient care but also in the general supervision and education of the junior residents and Tufts Medical students.

Day and Night Float Labor and Delivery

While on day float the chief will manage labor and delivery as well as be aware of the antepartum and postpartum patient services. They work closely with the second year day resident as well as the third year MFM resident to compromise the full obstetrical team. Additionally, the family planning intern helps to cover LDR and the chief is responsible for their supervision and education. The night float chief functions in much the same way, however they also cover the inpatient gynecology and oncology patients as well as cover any consults received overnight.

Benign Gynecology/Urogynecology

This chief works to manage both the generalist as well as the urogynecology service. Their primary role on the service is to assist in all major gynecologic surgeries and run the inpatient gynecology unit with the intern. The breadth of gynecologic surgeries is diverse with excellent exposure to both advanced laparoscopic and robotic skills. Additionally, the chief will supervise the intern in their ambulatory responsibilities as well as with any consults.

Gynecologic Oncology

While chief of the gynecologic oncology services, the resident will work closely with their intern as well as the attending staff. The chief is primarily responsible for coverage of all procedures as well as managing the inpatient service. When other responsibilities permit, the resident is involved in working with the attending staff in their ambulatory clinic. Finally, the chief resident is responsible for one-on-one training of the oncology intern and supervising them in the mastery of their FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills) testing.

Clinical Care

This chief resident functions both in a coverage role as well as in an expanded ambulatory care position attending various clinics. The clinics chief will provide coverage for the gynecology and obstetric chiefs when other responsibilities such as their continuity clinic or vacation time interrupt managing the service. Additionally, they attend a variety of specialty clinics including early pregnancy clinic, colposcopy clinic, and breast clinic.

Continuity Clinic

PGY-2 through PGY-4

The continuity clinic experience occurs in the last three years of the residency. It is a half-day per week ambulatory experience that focuses on antepartum and postpartum care, ambulatory gynecology, and well woman primary care. The focus of the continuity clinic is ambulatory history taking, the outpatient physical exam and office procedures, health screening and immunizations, and patient education.  The resident is assigned a clinic location at the end of their intern year and will continue to attend that clinic throughout the three years. The clinic locations include: Tufts Medical Center, Neponset Health Center, Cambridge Hospital, and Metrowest Medical Center.

Conferences Lectures

Morning Report

Formal morning report is held each morning with staff of the Generalist, Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine services present. For the first half-hour the benign gynecology and gynecologic oncology teams present all surgical cases, in-house patients, and consults.

Then for the second half-hour, the obstetrical team will present interesting deliveries, review the active labor board, and discuss acute antepartum patients.  All members of the team participate in the discussion with topics focusing on various points ranging from appropriate diagnostic principles to surgical technique and decision-making. This session provides all residents excellent preparation for the Obstetrics & Gynecology oral boards.

Didactics

Tuesday mornings are reserved for a protected two-hour didactic teaching session that includes formal lectures, journal club, and laparoscopic simulation lab.  Didactic lectures are resident driven topics.  The staff of Tufts Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology presents three-quarters of the lectures while the remainder of the lectures are presented by other departmental leaders or seniors residents. At the conclusion of didactics every week, the chairman, Dr. Errol Norwitz, and the program director, Dr. Hong-Thao Thieu, attend a session titled “Meconium Rounds” where the residents discuss the affairs of the residency program.  The program is constantly in a flux of adjustment to improve resident training, experience, and quality of life.  Resident suggestions and ideas are not only welcome to the discussion, but in large part are implemented and result in the continued advancement of our program.

Journal Club

Journal Club is conducted once a month during didactics by a second or third year resident. This resident is responsible for picking a relevant journal article as well as an attending to co-present the article with at Journal Club. While this attending is responsible for contributing to the clinical discussion of the article, the departmental epidemiologist will attend and contribute to the statistical education and discussion.

Laparoscopic Simulation Center

Following Journal Club all residents join in an hour-long training session at the laparoscopic simulation center. This is an excellent opportunity for junior residents to begin their training experience with minimally invasive techniques including hand-eye coordination and instrumentation. Also, senior residents will have the opportunity to both advance their own laparoscopic skill set with practice in extra-corporeal and intra-corporeal knot tying, but also to begin in the development skills in communicating surgical instructions to help train the junior residents. This lab is a supplement to the activities performed during the intern year with training for the FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills) test, as well as to the simulation centers at both Lahey Clinic and Metrowest Medical Center.

Noelle Obstetrical Simulation

This unique educational tool offers residents the opportunity to work closely with each other to develop clinical skills, effective communication, and teamwork skill sets. The Nolle Obsterical Simulation doll offers skill practice in common labor and delivery scenarios including shoulder dystocia, operative delivery and laceration repair.

Teaching Conferences

Grand Rounds are held Tuesday mornings at Tufts Medical Center with presentations by attending staff, visiting professors, and Boston-area faculty. Morbidity and Mortality conferences are held the third Tuesday morning of every month.

Several divisions have their own weekly conferences.

Gynecologic Oncology has a multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference every Friday afternoon. The intern of the gynecologic oncology service prepares the case presentations. Pathology, Radiology, and Radiation Oncology are all in attendance to review relevant films and slides that contribute to a formal recommendation of management. Maternal-Fetal Medicine has a weekly Perinatal Conference that is conducted every Friday morning immediately following morning report. Current fellows and attending staff, as well as area specialists, are invited to speak.

The Division of General Obstetrics & Gynecology conducts informal lectures and presentations as part of the resident gynecology service.  Additionally, the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology group organizes formal presentations given by the second year resident.  These are organized bimonthly with the goal to review various menstrual cycle irregularities, their pathophysiology, diagnosis, and appropriate management.

Teaching Conference Calendars – Tufts Medical Center

Conference Name Day and Time
Grand Rounds Tuesday, 8 a.m.
Morbidity & Mortality last Tuesday of month, 7 a.m.
Morning Report Daily, 7 a.m.
Resident Didactics Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Journal Club Monthly, 9:30 a.m.
Laparoscopic Simulation Lab Monthly, 10:30 a.m.
Resident Research Day Full day in mid-June
Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Friday, 1 p.m.
MFM Perinatal Conference Friday, 8 a.m.
PAG Menstrual Abnormalities Monthly

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

Conference Name Day and Time
Grand Rounds Thursday, 8 a.m.
Morbidity & Mortality Last Thursday of the Month, 8 a.m.
Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Friday, 9 a.m.
Morning Report Daily, 8 a.m.

Metrowest Medical Center

Conference Name Day and Time
Grand Rounds Wednesday, 8 a.m.
Morning Report Daily, 7:30 a.m.
Resident Free Care Clinic Tuesday 7 p.m. and Thursday 2 p.m.

Cambridge Hospital

Conference Name Day and Time
Grand Rounds Thursday, 8 a.m.
Morbidity & Mortality 1st Thursday of the Month, 8 a.m.
Teaching Rounds Daily

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

Conference Name Day and Time
Grand Rounds Thursday, 7 a.m.
Morbidity & Mortality 3rd Thursday of Month, 7 a.m.
Multidisciplinary Tumor Board 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 7 a.m.

Why Choose Tufts Medical Center

Residents complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.

Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. Tufts Medical Center is also home to the Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments.

Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England.

Our Residents

PGY4

Dr. Bedell, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Joanna Lee Bedell, MD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine 

Dr. Chhajwani, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Dipti Kumar, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences 

Dr. Fenton, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Alexandra C. Fenton, MD
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University 

Dr. Johnson, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Christina M. Johnson, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine 

Dr. Vaughan, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Denis A. Vaughan, MBChB
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

PGY3

Dr. Demtchouk, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Veronica Demtchouk, MD
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson MS-Piscataway; New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Griffith, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Kendall Griffith, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine; Detroit, MI


Dr. Quiqi-Shan, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Angela Shan, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine; Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Sienkiewicz, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Erin Sienkiewicz, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; Hershey, PA

Dr. Burns, a ob/gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center.Caroline Burns Stroup, MD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Hanover, NH

PGY2

Catherine Beatty is an OB/GYN Fellow.Catherine Beatty, MD
University of Texas Southern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School

Caitlin Clifford is an OB/GYN Fellow.Caitlin Clifford, MD
University of Michigan Medical School

Meghan Grimes is an OB/GYN Fellow.Meghan Grimes, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Katherine Hicks-Courant is an OB/GYN Fellow.Katherine Hicks-Courant, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Carolyn Payne is an OB/GYN Fellow.Carolyn Payne, MD
The University of Toledo College of Medicine

PGY1

Samantha Baer, MD is a OB/GYN resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Samantha Baer, MD
University of Florida College of Medicine

Raina Hammel, MD is a OB/GYN resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Raina Hammel, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

Amanda Poe, MD is a OB/GYN resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Amanda Poe, MD
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

Deanna Sverdlov, MD is a OB/GYN resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Deanna Sverdlov, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

Janelle Whitney, MD is a OB/GYN resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Janelle Whitney, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

Alexandra Dubinskaya, MD is a OB/GYN resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Alexandra Dubinskaya, MD (Preliminary Resident)
North Western State Medical University, Russia

Life as a Resident

What’s it like to live in Boston? It’s an epicenter for health, science and medical research – where visions are born and discoveries are made. With universities on every corner, intellectuals, scientists and artists mingle to create an exceptional culture.

It’s also a fun city that takes its sports teams seriously, but not much else. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy festivals, outdoor concerts and cultural gatherings. Plus, many neighborhoods are booming with art, restaurants and music. Need to get away? Boston is a short trip from beautiful beaches, mountains and lakes.

It’s the perfect mix of urban culture, a small town feel and outdoor beauty.

How to Apply

Those candidates applying for the PGY-I positions must be a graduate of an American Medical Association-approved medical school (within 5 years of graduation) and have passed the USMLE Examinations Parts I & II (CK and CS) prior to starting residency training. We do not have a minimum score requirement; however, we do use a three-digit score of 230 as a baseline for evaluation of the scores.

We do not interview any candidate who fails either USMLE Step I or Step II. All candidates for the PGY-I year must participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All applications must be processed through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS).

We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A chairman's letter is strongly recommended.

All foreign medical graduates must apply through the ECFMG who will then process all foreign applications through ERAS. Tufts Medical Center sponsors only the J-1 Visa for both tracks.

2016 INTERVIEW SEASON:

A personal interview is an essential part of the application procedure. All interviews are by invitation only after all applications have been reviewed.

CATEGORICAL TRACK: Invitations for interviews will be sent out in mid-October. Interviews will be taking place November 15, and December 2, 6 and 12.  Interviews are conducted at Tufts Medical Center.

PRELIMINARY TRACK: Invitations for interviews will be sent out between December 2016 and January 2017. We will only have ONE date for interviews (in late January or early February). Interviews are conducted at MetroWest Medical Center.

For any additional questions, please contact:

Jennifer Higgins-Spiers
Manager of Educational Programs
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington St.
Tufts Medical Center Box #022
Boston, MA 02111
jhigginsspiers@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Our Alumni

2015-2016 Graduates

Nisse Clark, MD
Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Lauren Dockery, MD
Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology
University of Oklahoma

Irene Dimitriadis, MD
Fellow, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Massachusetts General Hospital

Ashley Peterson, MD
Fellow, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Tufts Medical Center   

Meredith Thomas
Attending Physician
Cambridge Health Alliance   

Dima Ezzedine, MD (Preliminary Resident)
Will continue residency at Maimonides Medical Center, graduating in 2019

2014-2015 Graduates 

Megan Evans, MD, MPH
Faculty
Tufts Medical Center   

Harneet Gujral
Fellow, Pelvic Surgery
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center   

Stephanie Hammerhich-Hille, MD, PhD

Zoe Kiefer, MD
Faculty
Winchester Hospital  

Jenny Ruan, MD
Faculty
Tufts Medical Center   

Marcus Ortega-Alves, MD (Preliminary Resident)
Will continue residency at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, graduating in 2018

2013-2014 Graduates

Michelle Chu, MD
Faculty
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Barbara Frank, MA
Faculty
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Frances Hsieh, MD, MPH
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship
North Shore LIJ, New Hyde Park, NY

Megan Pallay, MD
Faculty
Ashley River OBGYN, Charleston, SC

Lauren Siff, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery/(FPMRS) Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OHLauren Siff, MD

2012-2013 Graduates

Megin Dalton, MD
Faculty
Day Kimball Medical Group, Putnam, CT

Karen Hannaford, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Jeannie Kelley, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Rebecca Teng, MD
Faculty
Morton Hospital, Taunton, MA

Rachel Villalon, MD
Faculty
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

2011-2012 Graduates 

Kelley Conroy, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Melanie Nathan, MD
Faculty
North Shore Physicians Group, Salem, MA

Kirsten Sasaki, LMD
Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL 

Shannon Smith, MD
Faculty
Faulkner Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
 
Susan Wilson, MD
Family Planning Fellowship
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2010-2011 Graduates

Elizabeth Baker, MD
Faculty
Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Rahmouna Farez, MD
Faculty
Metro West Medical Center, Framingham, MA

Lara Kingston, MD
Faculty
Jordan Hospital, Plymouth, MA

Nathan Kow, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Brianne Mahoney, MD
Faculty
Metro West Medical Center, Framingham, MA

2009-2010 Graduates

Jennifer Bashant, MD
Faculty
Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, NY

Erik M Clinton, MD
Faculty
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Zacharo Moditi, MD
Faculty
Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, NY

Sonia Ranganath Adams, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA
Faculty
Boston Urogynecology Associates, Cambridge, MA

Alicia Wasserman, MD
Faculty
St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD

2008-2009 Graduates

Abeer Al-Naqbi, MD
Faculty
Abu Dabi

Brian K Bond, MD
Faculty
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Faye E Justicia-Linde, MD
Faculty
Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY

Charissa J Pettyjohn, MD
Faculty
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Danielle M Roncari, MD
Family Planning Fellowship
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Faculty
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Benefits

To learn more about benefits at Tufts Medical Center, download our benefits package

Vacations

  • Three weeks per year
  • Sick leave and maternity leave - six weeks maximum per year

Educational Leave

  • PGY-4 residents are given one week for education leave plus funds to defray the cost of attending meeting/conference.
  • Residents are given leave to attend a conference where they are presenting a publication. They can also apply to receive funds for cost of attendance.

Resident Retreat

  • Resident retreats occur twice an academic year, and all residents are excused from their clinical responsibilities.
  • All retreats include a morning didactic session, usually dedicated to hands-on learning and in-service training on a variety of topics.
  • The afternoon is dedicated to team building exercises. In the past, retreats have included rock climbing, cooking classes and a spa day.

Insurance

  • Health and dental insurance - same as full-time employees
  • Life insurance - same as full-time employees
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance

Contact Information

To learn more, contact:

Jennifer Higgins-Spiers
Manager of Educational Programs
800 Washington Street #22
Boston, MA  02111
Phone: 617-636-0265
Fax: 617-636-8315
jhigginsspiers@tuftsmedicalcenter.org