Residency Overview

Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the Department of Medical Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology. We have one of the finest training programs in the United States to educate specialists in Women’s Health. The mission of our program is to train residents to become exceptional clinicians and leaders in Women's Healthcare. Our Hospital offers a uniquely diverse patient population and experience, while utilizing the latest technology. Our four year program offers exposure to, Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a number of subspecialties including: Gynecology Oncology; Urogynecology; Maternal Fetal Medicine;

Jeannie McWhorter, MD
Director of Medical Education
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

About Us

The Department of Medical Education, with its eight ACGME-residency programs and three fellowships, continues to grow as we continue to recruit top-notch faculty dedicated to service, education and research. Our goal is to educate professionals, and we have the commitment and resources to do just that.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a four-year accredited residency program designed to provide extensive experience leading to board certification. Since the program began in 1951, the board passage rates have remained at 92 percent.

The Program at Orlando Health has academic affiliations with the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida State University in Tallahassee, and the University of South Florida in Tampa. The main teaching facilities of the Department of OB/GYN are located on the Orlando Health main campus in downtown Orlando. Inpatient Clinical patients are centered in Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies and Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC).

Fast Facts

  • The program continues to receive full accreditation from ACGME. 
  • Fully computerized lab and medical records.
  • Night Float rotations for PGY- I, II, III & IV. 
  • Three weeks vacation per year.
  • Meals and parking provided free of charge to residents.
  • Structured curriculum with protected time for didactics on Friday mornings. 
  • Orlando is a popular site for national OB/GYN conferences; residents encouraged to attend.
  • Mean overall program CREOG score for the past three years exceeds the national mean. 
  • State of the art Out-patient Clinic 
  • Eight dedicated GYN ORs.
  • Four dedicated obstetrical ORs.
  • Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies was named an Academic Center of Excellence in minimally invasive surgery. Our hospital is the only facility in Florida to be recognized as an Academic Center of Excellence, and just the second in the nation. 
  • 100% Board pass rate for 2015 graduates
  • Funds for Educational Conferences Provided.


  • 12 Ob/Gyn Faculty Attending
  • 6 Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists
  • 4 Gynecology Oncologist 
  • 1 Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgical Specialist
  • 1 Full time REI Specialist
  • 2 Full time Nurse Midwives 
  • 3 Genetic Counselors
  • 3 Part time Faculty Attending


  • 7 Residents per class 
  • 2 Administrative Chief residents (4th year)
  • 80% of residents are female 
  • Diverse ethnic and geographic make-up we speak Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Creole, German, Hindi, French, Hebrew and Gujra

Resident Rotations

  • Obstetrics 2-blocks each year
  • Gynecology 2-blocks each year
  • Gynecology Oncology 2-blocks each year
  • Night Float 2-blocks each year
  • Antepartum 2-blocks (in 2nd year)
  • REI 2-blocks (1 block in 3rd year & 1 block in 4th year)
  • Ob surgery 2-blocks (1 block in 2nd year & 1 block in 1st year) 
  • Adolescent Gynecology 1-block (in 1st year)
  • ED and Clinic 1-block (in 1st year)
  • Triage 2-blocks (in the 2nd year & in the 3rd year)
  • MICU 1-block (in 2nd year)
  • Elective 1-block (in 3rd year)
  • Office Based 1-block (in 4th year)
  • Uro-Gynecology 1-block (in 4th year)
  • MIS -1 Block (3rd Year and 4th Year


2016 Graduating Residents - Statistics Average (Surgeon Only)

Simulation Center

The Medical Education Center for Simulation-Based Training is open 24 hours a day and OB residents receive structured training there every Friday. The Center features a 40-seat classroom for didactic sessions, a conference room, and six simulation rooms. Instructors and simulator operators use a central control room to remotely direct simulations and observe learners’ performance. Learners can also watch or review their simulation sessions via live feed video playback during their debriefing. Highlights of our simulation hardware include:

  • Simulation for low and high risk deliveries using the “Victoria” simulator (e.g., breech; c-section; Shoulder Dystocia)
  • Lap Mentor and GI/Bronch Mentor, which allow virtual reality rehearsal of laparoscopy, endoscopy, and bronchoscopy techniques for a wide array of screening s and pathologies.
  • VIMEDEX and Blue Phantom ultrasound trainers simulate a variety of diagnostic and procedural ultrasound techniques.
  • SimMan 3G, a high-fidelity adult simulator with realistic responses to a wide array of medical and trauma pathologies and treatments.
  • SimBaby, a 1-year old infant simulator with most of the capabilities of her big brother, SimMan.
  • TraumaMan and TraumaChild, both of which let providers practice surgical techniques for trauma resuscitation such as chest tube placement, surgical airway management, and peritoneal lavage.
  • Lower-fidelity task trainers for learning and rehearsing various vascular access, surgical and resuscitation techniques.


The Program provides a department-specific Research Director and Research Nurse dedicated to providing support for residents in current research and publications. As a PGY-1, you are required to find and present an unusual case at Grand Rounds in May or June. PGY-2 residents decide on a firm research project with an advisor and compose a study protocol; during PGY-3, residents get IRB approval, enroll patients, collect study data, and prepare study presentation for the Research Symposium in June. During PGY-4, residents are encouraged to submit their research for publication or present at a national or local meeting. Final research results will also be presented at the Research Symposium.

Application Process

The department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers an ACGME accredited training program in Ob/Gyn.

There are 7 PGY residents in each year of the 4 year of clinical training. We anticipate that each of the residents who originally match our program will complete the program, however, progression from year to year is dependent upon satisfaction of the academic and professional achievement.

Our department participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for 7 PGY-1 positions. All applications must be submitted electronically through ERAS. The only documentation reviewed for consideration. A complete electronic application includes the ERAS common application, CV (generated through ERAS), medical school transcript, dean’s letter, personal statement, minimum of two letters of recommendation (1 letter should be from an Ob/Gyn faculty member). The USMLE scores for step 1 and 2 (MK) are accepted electronically through ERAS only. Our applications submission deadline is October 30th. Once selected for an interview, we will do our best to accommodate request for interview dates. Requests will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Interviews will be offered during the months of October, November and December (no exceptions). The application process for International Medical Graduates - Foreign medical graduates are welcome to submit their application for review and consideration following the same application requirements as those for the U.S. medical graduate applicants.

In Addition: Prior to applying for residency, one must be ECFMG certified.

*There is an optional “Social Gathering with Residents” the evening before the interviews to allow the applicants and residents interact in an informal setting.