Residency Program

We are pleased that you are interested in the University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center’s Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

This exciting program offers an opportunity for an interesting intellectual andpractical experience. Our residents receive ample and diverse clinical and surgical exposure.

About the Residency Program

We offer a broad spectrum of clinical programs. Our department integrates an academic medical center, and five community hospitals. This four year residency provides resident training based at LAC+USC Medical Center, and has rotations at Good Samaritan Hospital, California Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City, and Keck Hospital of USC.

Our well-rounded curriculum provides trainees with a foundation for future practice, subspecialty training, teaching and/or research. You will find that our graduates are highly recruited for academic and community practice positions. For those who are interested in fellowship training following residency, we work closely to successfully assist them in meeting their career goals.

Educational Objectives

  • To provide a four-year residency curriculum in which residents gain the attitudes, knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency in obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health care in an environment that is respectful of others, adaptive to change, and accountable for outcomes.
  • To structure clinical rotations that give the residents increasing patient care responsibilities commensurate with the resident’s level of training.
  • To provide an educational experience that exposes the resident to a rich diversity of issues in women’s health care.
  • To provide a core educational curriculum that enables the resident to acquire state of the art medical knowledge.
  • To acquire an understanding of basic research and study design through education, mentoring, and collateral reading that forms the foundation for life-long, practice-based learning and improvement.
  • To create an atmosphere that encourages professionalism including exemplary ethical behavior and cultural competency.
  • To create an atmosphere where effective communication skills are fostered with patients, their families and professional associates.
  • To prepare residents to pass the written and oral examinations conducted by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the first attempt.
  • To emphasize systems-based practice to foster continuous quality improvement and value of patient care and residency education.
  • To foster scholarly activity and quality education that attracts superior learners to women’s health care specialties.
  • To ensure that residents develop sufficient professional ability to practice independently and competently.


The applicant will be invited to interview on one of the following dates: October 26, November 2, 9, 30, December 14, 2018.

All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications must be received by October 31, 2018. As with all programs using ERAS, application materials will be distributed by your medical school dean’s
Phone: (202) 828-0413

The following documents must be included in your application:

    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Dean’s Letter
    • Letters of recommendation (minimum of 3)
    • Medical School Transcripts
    • M.D. applicants: USMLE Score Step 1 and Step 2
    • D.O. applicants: USMLE Score Step 1 and Step 2
    • J-1 Visa Status or Proof of Residency in US (if not a US Citizen)
    • International graduates require the additional documents:
      • Valid ECFMG Certificate
      • Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter – PTAL (or “California Status Letter”) from the Medical Board of California (see below). Please note that the PTAL from the Medical Board of California must be identified as “Recommendation letter number four (4)”, and check the box that indicates, “This is a California Applicant Status Letter.”
      • Please read answers to FAQ (below) for additional details:
    • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for international graduates applying to the Ob/Gyn residency program at LAC+USC Medical Center
      • All IMG applicants must have the Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter – PTAL (see above) indicating approval for the applicant to start residency training before they will be considered.
    • If you do not yet have your PTAL, finalize the California Letter as one of your LORs and upload a temporary document, such as the receipt issued by the Medical Board of California or the “Originals Returned” letter that accompanied your returned originals. When you receive the final PTAL, upload a copy to ERAS Support Services at ECFMG via OASIS.
      • A passing score for the USMLE is required, but there is no minimum score requirement.
      • There is no requirement based on the number of years since graduation from medical school.
      • There is no requirement for prior clinical experience in the United States.
      • Only J-1 visas are sponsored at this institution
    • Useful websites for foreign medical graduates:

Need Help Applying?


Christina Dancz, MD
Residency Program Director

Laurie Kwok
Residency Program Coordinator