Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

We offer a broad spectrum of clinical programs. Our department integrates an academic medical center and four community hospitals. This four-year residency provides resident training, based at Los Angeles General Medical Center, and has rotations at Good Samaritan Hospital, 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.


Please view our Virtual Open House, recorded on 9/11/22. It contains a brief presentation with information about our program and Q&A addressed by our Program Directors and residents.

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


All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications will be released to the programs on September 27, 2023.

Applications must be received by October 1, 2023.

As with all programs using ERAS, application materials will be distributed by your medical school Dean.

Email: erashelp@aamc.org
Phone: (202) 828-0413

The following documents must be included in your application:

  • MyERAS common application
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Dean’s Letter MSPE and 2-3 Letters of Recommendation
        • The Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) will replace either the Chair or one of the traditional LORs.
        •  2 LORs (including Chair) should be from an Ob/Gyn.
    • Medical School Transcripts
    • USMLE transcripts Step 1 and Step 2. A passing score is required. , DO applicants require USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 scores.
    • International graduates:
      • J-1 Visa Status or Proof of Residency in the US (if not a US citizen)
      • Have received a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. jurisdiction.
      • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States will have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
      • Answers to FAQs for international graduates:
        • A passing score for USMLE is required, Step 1 and Step 2 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:


Invitations to interview will be offered on October 24, 2023.  The number of invitations offered will be limited to the number of interview slots available.  A minimum of 48 hours is given to accept or decline.

Please note that in line with national recommendations, all of our interviews will be conducted virtually this year.

The applicant will be invited to a virtual interview on one of the following Fridays:

  • November 3, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • December 1, 2023
  • December 8, 2023
  • December 15, 2023

Rotation Schedule Overview

All rotations are day shift at Los Angeles General Medical Center, unless otherwise noted

R1-R4 (OR also at Keck Medical Center of USC/ Norris Cancer Hospital)

R1 & R4 (Day and Night Shifts)
R2 – Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Panorama City (Day and Night Shifts)
R3 – Good Samaritan Hospital

R2 & R4

R1/R2 & R3
R3 (Night Shift)
R3 – Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Panorama City
R4 – Huntington Memorial Hospital





R3 & R4

R3 & R4



  • Labor and Delivery

    Residents in our program have exposure to L&D throughout their four years. At Los Angeles General Medical Center, residents are exposed to high-risk deliveries in the first, second and fourth years. External rotations at Kaiser Panorama City (R2 year) and Good Samaritan Hospital (R3 year) allow access to lower risk delivery experience and allow exposure to different care delivery models. Together at these three facilities, the residents are exposed to over 10,000 deliveries a year.

    Most deliveries are performed by the junior resident under the supervision of the senior resident and faculty. The junior also is the primary surgeon for most of the cesarean sections. As Los Angeles General Medical Center is a major referral center for high-risk pregnancies, residents learn to manage patients with medical conditions ranging from diabetes to cardiac disease, as well as complications of pregnancy such as preterm labor and severe preeclampsia. The schedule is divided into day and night floats, with rare 24-hour weekend shifts. The schedule is designed to optimize continuity and be in compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) clinical hours requirements.

    On Call Gynecology

    The main exposure to gynecologic consultation and emergency surgeries is during the second and third years of residency. During the day, there is a 2-person team where residents respond to gyn consults from the ED and other services. There is also a separate night float rotation in the third year that allows for independence in consultation and direct training with the on-call faculty member.

    Gyn Clinic/OR

    Two rotations each year are focused on ambulatory and surgical gynecology at LALos Angeles General Medical CenterC+USC Medical Center and Keck Hospital. Residents are grouped into a four-person team, one resident for each year of residency. The daily schedule rotates with one team in the clinic at Los Angeles General Medical Center, while the other team is in the operating room at either Los Angeles General Medical Center or Keck. The teams are on 24-hour call every other Saturday, covering both Labor and Delivery and Emergency Gynecology. The residents on the team participate in activities that are most appropriate for their level of training. Starting in the first year, residents act as the primary surgeon for procedures of increasing complexity, from laparoscopic tubal fulgurations for the first years to vaginal hysterectomies and repair of pelvic organ prolapse for the third years. Residents also become proficient at vaginal ultrasonography, early in their training.

    Each case that goes to the operating room at Los Angeles General Medical Center has been thoroughly prepared for surgery by the residents themselves, from the initial new patient visit through preoperative consultation. With assistance from faculty and the more senior trainees on the team, the residents learn how to perform a thorough preoperative evaluation, to counsel patients on treatment options, both medical and surgical, and to develop an operative plan that is most appropriate for each patient. The gynecology rotation also provides residents with valuable interaction with senior faculty members, in both the operating room and the clinic. After four years of training, graduating residents are competent to independently manage benign gynecologic conditions, both medically and surgically.

    External Surgical

    Third-year residents augment their operative experience with rotations at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City, and the fourth years at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Overall, more than 5,000 major and 3,000 minor gynecologic surgeries are available to residents each year. Their experiences at these locations are designed to increase their exposure to variations in care, supplement their surgical technical exposure and allow them to experience managed care and private practice models of practice. In addition, it allows exposure to the Kaiser system, which is a major employer in California.

  • The second- and fourth-year residents each spend one block managing high-risk antepartum patients. The team works in concert with the MFM fellow and attendings and manage both the inpatient service and the outpatient clinics. Complicated antepartum patients are managed by the MFM team, who also consult on the delivery management of complicated peripartum patients. In MFM Clinic, residents gain experience with routine and complicated prenatal care, and have specific clinics dedicated to pregnant women with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, mental health issues and fetal anomalies. Direct teaching by the Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty is abundant, both at morning pass-on rounds and during conferences several times a week.

  • In the first year, residents are exposed to routine prenatal care with our midwife team, and rotate in the MCA clinic, which is focused on the prenatal care of patients with HIV. The PGY1 on this rotation also works with the MFM team, learning how to provide prenatal care with the less complicated MFM patients in the outpatient setting.

  • Residents rotate on the REI service for one half block each during the first and second years. During the REI rotation, the residents see up to 5,700 patients in clinic annually, under the supervision of the REI fellows and faculty. Routine clinic procedures include intrauterine insemination, hydrosonography and diagnostic hysteroscopy. The clinic patient population ranges from common problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome to more rare conditions such as Müllerian agenesis. Residents also get exposure to andrology and male-factor infertility, during a monthly male clinic. REI has a dedicated operating room every week, where residents assist the fellow and are exposed to advanced laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and tubal surgery. Finally, although in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive techniques are not offered at Los Angeles General Medical Center, interested residents are encouraged to spend time at the USC IVF Center.

  • Residents spend one block each year on the Gynecologic Oncology service. Here residents gain experience in critical care and the management of complicated medical and surgical cases, under the supervision of the gynecologic oncology fellows and faculty. Residents on the rotation are also active participants in the operating room four days a week. In the oncology clinic, residents see a wide range of patients, with approximately 11,000 clinic visits a year. This is also where residents learn the most about the management of dysplasia and gain experience with colposcopy and LEEP. Throughout the rotation, residents interact with faculty on a daily basis, both in the operating room and in clinic, as well as on ward rounds. Residents also participate in multidisciplinary conferences weekly, which are attended by gynecologic oncology fellows and faculty, as well as outstanding faculty in gynecologic pathology and women’s radiology.

  • Residents spend one block on the Urogynecology service during their second year. Residents gain exposure to the subspecialty in the urogynecology clinic. Here they become proficient in performing multi-channel cystometrics and are exposed to cystourethroscopy, botox injections, posterior tibial nerve stimulation and bladder instillations. They also become proficient in the medical and surgical management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. As a referral center for complicated pelvic floor dysfunction, residents are exposed to a variety of complicated pelvic floor disorders, ranging from defecatory dysfunction to congenital pelvic floor anomalies. In the operating room, residents act as primary surgeons for appropriate aspects of incontinence and pelvic floor procedures, under the supervision of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellows and faculty.

  • Residents rotate on the Complex Family Planning rotation during their first year. They work closely with the Family Planning fellows and faculty in the Reproductive Choice clinic to participate in and perform all of the procedures, to their comfort level. Family planning is a rotation where residents learn to provide trauma-informed care and learn to optimize their techniques for shared-decision making. We are a Ryan training program for residents and have a two-year fellowship in Family Planning.

  • In the third and fourth years, residents design their own clinical experience to meet their individualized learning needs for half a rotation in the third year and half a rotation in the fourth year. All rotations must be approved by the program directors and completed at a Los Angeles Department of Health Services facility. Examples have included rotations with a focus on: advanced ultrasound training, ICU care, advanced complex family planning, developing advocacy curricula, healthcare administration, and many others.

    To accommodate residents taking time off for scholarly symposia, interviews, illness and other life events, we have a backup system where the backup person is assigned specifically to the backup (jeopardy) rotation. Residents on this rotation may expect to be called in most days to cross cover wherever they are needed. This allows for more focused experiences on all other rotations.

  • Uterine Cavity Clinic

    Residents develop comfort with endometrial evaluations during the weekly Friday Uterine Cavity Clinic, which is designed to individualize evaluations with either sono-hysterography or office hysteroscopy. Residents are assigned to this clinic during various rotations throughout their four years and learn to manage abnormal uterine bleeding, with and without intracavitary lesions.


    Every other Friday afternoon, the gynecology clinic at Los Angeles General Medical Center hosts the Colposcopy clinic. Patients with abnormal cervical cytology are referred from across LA to have colposcopy with our team. Most low-risk colposcopy is performed by our Nurse Practitioners, while the high-risk colposcopies and occasional low risk cases are managed by the residents with direct faculty supervision.

    Breast Medicine

    Every other Friday afternoon, the gynecology clinic at Los Angeles General Medical Center hosts the Breast Diagnostic Center, which is staffed by faculty who are experienced in the diagnosis and management of breast disease. Residents are assigned to the clinic during various rotations throughout their four years and learn to manage patients with problems ranging from breast masses to mastalgia to granulomatous mastitis.

  • All residents are required to complete and present at least one research project in order to qualify for graduation. Projects are presented at an annual Departmental Research Day each spring, where USC residents at all levels are invited to present their research to their fellow residents, faculty and invited guests. Residents are also encouraged to present their research at regional and national meetings throughout the year.

Benefits and Salary

Postgraduate physician’s salaries and benefits are established periodically by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, by way of County ordinance and/or through an applicable Memorandum of Understanding with the Joint Council of Interns and Residents (JCIR).

The present salary scale is as follows:

October 1, 2022 through October 1, 2024
YEAR LEVEL SALARY Oct 1, 2022 SALARY Oct 1, 2023 SALARY Oct 1, 2024
GY-1 $67,821.15 $70,025.34 $72,301.16
GY-2 $69,611.02 $71,873.37 $74,209.26
GY-3 $73,227.72 $75,607.62 $74,064.87
GY-4 $78,910.92 $81,475.52 $84,123.48
GY-5 $84,441.19 $87,185.53 $90,019.06
GY-6 $90,162.49 $93,092.78 $96,118.29
GY-7 $95,540.59 $98,645.66 $101,851.64


  • Three meals a day are provided while on duty.
  • White coats are furnished.
  • Parking is available to all postgraduate physicians.
  • Professional Liability Coverage (malpractice insurance) is provided without cost.
  • Disability insurance is available through the Joint Council of Interns and Residents (JCIR).
  • Health Insurance:
    Residents are entitled to enroll in one of several programs approved by Los Angeles County. Dependents are eligible for enrollment, however the resident will be responsible for any premiums related to dependent coverage.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
    Residents may choose from several dental and vision plans. Dependents are eligible for enrollment, however the resident will be responsible for any premiums related to dependent coverage.
  • Life Insurance
    A $2,000 term life policy is provided to employees at no charge. Additional life insurance may be purchased for dependents.
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
    Los Angeles County offers AD&D coverage as an employee option. This coverage includes the resident, as well as dependents, for a maximum of $250,000 or 10 times the resident’s salary, whichever is less.
  • Vacation
    Residents earn two working days paid leave per month. Scheduling of vacation must be approved by your program director.
  • GI Benefits
    Physicians who qualify for GI Benefits are eligible while training at the Los Angeles General Medical Center, provided the program is approved by the Veterans Administration.
  • $10,000 annual housing allowance
  • $1,400 annual education stipend
  • $500 PGY 1 “welcome bonus” ($1,900 for annual education stipend in first year)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fund

Need Help Applying?

Residency Program Director

Christina Dancz, MD

Residency Program Manager

Virginia Bicad