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Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

Ob/Gyn Residency: Where You Design the Program

Thank you for your interest in Cleveland Clinic's Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program. Unlike other residency training programs in the nation, Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn residency training program allows you flexibility to design your own program. During this four-year, ACGME-accredited program, you determine which track to take, and we tailor the curriculum to meet your needs.

With the availability of exceptional educational and clinical resources and renowned faculty, our residents train while caring for an incredibly complex and demanding patient population. With the flexibility of a tailored curriculum, you are able to train with a focus in the subspecialty of your choice. In this exceptional environment, we train experts in the field who become leaders in research, academics, and private practice.

Every residency program must offer core training in the fundamentals of obstetrics and gynecology to prepare you for passing your boards. In addition to this core training, you will have the opportunity to gain significant experience and a deeper understanding of gynecologic surgical training as well as issues in women’s health that physicians deal with daily.

We encourage you to review the information on our program to compare various tracks, including general Ob/Gyn, female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery, gynecologic oncology, and reproductive endocrinology & infertility, maternal fetal medicine and global health.

J. Eric Jelovsek, MD, MMEd
Program Director

Natalie Bowersox, MD
Associate Program Director

Jonathan Emery, MD
Associate Program Director

Program Tracks

Most obstetrics and gynecology residency programs in the U.S. have a rigid and fixed curriculum that largely focuses on training in obstetrics, with a lesser focus on gynecologic training. The major strength of Cleveland Clinic’s program lies in the breadth and depth of exposure to gynecologic surgical training while still maintaining core training in obstetrics.

By the end of your first year, you can choose to concentrate your training in general Ob/Gyn or you can choose to concentrate your training in one of the following subspecialty tracks:

  • Global Health
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Reproductive endocrinology and infertility

View our Ob/Gyn residency curriculum diagram here.

Program Track Themes

Each Ob/Gyn track involves five themes, which are:

  • Primary and Preventative Ambulatory Health
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Gynecologic Oncology

There are several rotations within each theme, some of which are core for specified levels of the program. The remainder of rotations contributes to a wide menu of options from which residents select as the most appropriate to their needs.

Family Planning

The Ob/Gyn and Women's Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic recently created a Section of Family Planning and is an official Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Abortion and Family Planning.

This prestigious program is part of a national initiative to enhance comprehensive resident training in uterine evacuation techniques, complex contraception, LARC, advocacy and grieving/bereavement counseling. Our innovative program has been carefully designed to be in full compliance with all ACGME requirements and maintains a partial participation option for our residents. The Cleveland Clinic Section of Family Planning and our Cleveland Clinic Ryan Program initiative has seen unprecedented success and growth since its inception in 2013.

Program Advantages


In this "trainee-centered" program, you have the option to track into a curriculum specifically designed to give you more extensive experience in the gynecologic subspecialties. By self-selecting into areas of career interest, you will naturally demonstrate a greater focus on your training. This flexible training concept also allows you to spend more time within your subspecialty areas of interest, thereby gaining increased proficiency in advanced procedures and becoming more active in surgical management of patients and complex decision making.

Outcome-based approach

The outcome-based approach provides a useful framework for all rotations, thereby guaranteeing that all residents are held to the same standards. It emphasizes the technical aspects of clinical responsibilities as well as the scholarship and professionalism of Ob/Gyn practice. This approach also identifies what the physician should take responsibility for in terms of further professional development.


The curriculum has been developed by a group of practicing obstetricians and gynecologists, many of whom are innovators in the field. This not only gives the curriculum credibility, but it also ensures that the material is at the cutting edge of Ob/Gyn education.

What’s more, Cleveland Clinic is consistently named as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and we are ranked among the top 3 in gynecology.

New State-of-the-Art Simulation Center

In 2012, Cleveland Clinic’s Education Institute unveiled a new multidisciplinary simulation center designed to enhance the clinical learning experience for healthcare professionals. All physicians, nurses and allied health providers can engage in high-fidelity, team-based interventions to learn specific clinical skills or to practice new technical skills such as laparoscopy through the use of state-of-the-art task simulators. The Simulation Center provides an interactive learning experience in a low-stress, risk-free environment.

Clinical Training Settings

Training occurs in a large referral-based medical center in Northeast Ohio. Most training will take place at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. However, you also will train at Hillcrest and Fairview hospitals, both of which are Cleveland Clinic health system hospitals that provide obstetrics care. General and subspecialty operative gynecology are also performed in these locations.

In addition, the resident continuity clinic will take place at Westown Physician's Center which is located near Fairview Hospital. Continuity clinics are precepted by full-time Ob/Gyn generalist faculty members who have training and interest in outpatient clinical teaching. One faculty member is assigned to each half-day clinic. Patients are scheduled so that residents see an average of six patients during a half-day session at the beginning of the PGY 1 year. No resident will go longer than two months without a continuity clinic.

Cleveland Clinic provides patient care for regional, national and international patients at locations throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area.


  • Fairview Hospital features a level III perinatal center, a level III NICU and a level II trauma center.
  • Hillcrest Hospital features a level III NICU and level II trauma center.

In each year of training, you will rotate on the Hillcrest and Fairview hospitals' high-risk labor and delivery service and the maternal-fetal medicine clinics.

Educational Opportunities

Schedule of Activities

One morning per week is departmental-protected conference time for faculty and trainees. The first Wednesday of the month is morbidity and mortality conference, the second Wednesday is journal club, the third and fifth Wednesdays are Grand Rounds, and the fourth Wednesday is administrative time.

Resident-protected education time occurs every Wednesday morning following departmental-protected times. During these sessions, various didactics, small group activities, simulation and hands-on activities are conducted.

Patient rounds are scheduled at various times depending on the service and clinical volumes.

Educational activities are monitored through semi-annual program reviews, rotation-by-rotation specific feedback, program surveys and attendance at conferences, rounds and journal clubs.

Collaborative Learning

You will have opportunities to collaborate on clinical cases with supervising attending physicians and subspecialty fellows in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology Oncology and Reproductive Endocrinology. The supervising attending physicians and subspecialty fellows oversee the gynecology subspecialty services.

The obstetrics services and many of the community-based gynecology services do not have fellow involvement. The obstetrics services are overseen by the Obstetrics Chief Resident, and the gynecology service is run by the Gynecology Chief Resident. This gives the chief residents the autonomy needed to develop into supervising physicians as well as to select the most valuable clinical experiences for the resident teams.

Research Opportunities

As a resident, you are required to demonstrate at least one scholarly product during your training. To help support your research endeavors, the Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute has six full-time and four part-time research staff including six RN research nurse coordinators, three non-RN research coordinators and an RN nurse manager. The clinical research team is responsible for all patient-related aspects of your research project with respect to regulatory compliance.

Preventive Oncology International, Inc. is a 501 c3 public charity affiliated with the Women’s Health Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. It was originally founded in 1997 with a mission “to blend humanitarian care with good science”. Currently POI has projects ongoing in China, Peru, and Mexico. The “Preventive Oncology International Inc. Research and Education Fund,” established in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic in 2009, continues to provide research and educational opportunities in international public health to students, residents, fellows and staff, not only from our local community but, when appropriate, from around the world. Students, residents, gynecologic oncology fellows, NIH Fogarty fellows have worked in many of the POI project sites, resulting in MPH degrees, as well as serving as the board approved theses for subspecialty certification.

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Annual Research Day
The Women's Health Institute will be holding its first Research day in May, 2016. Residents will present posters and oral presentations.
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Training Outcomes

The curriculum ensures that residents progress toward the exit learning outcomes in a coherent and cohesive fashion.

Resident progression during the first year involves increased breadth, which extends resident learning to more or new topics in Ob/Gyn, to different practice contexts and to building on existing knowledge to attain new learning. Residents also experience a variety of subspecialties early in their training to expose them to future career options.

Increased difficulty during the second year involves more in-depth and advanced consideration of Ob/Gyn topics. Second-year residents also begin to apply learning to more complex situations and deal with subtle situations in clinical encounters.

Increased utility during the third year involves applying learning to more complex and less clear presentations in Ob/Gyn practice.

Finally, fourth-year residents demonstrate increased proficiency by becoming more accomplished. Performance becomes more efficient and more like second nature as residents hone their skills.

View the specific outcomes plan here.

Benefits Overview
Approved Time Off

15 vacation days and 5 personal days are provided at the beginning of each academic year.


All clinical trainees at Cleveland Clinic receive medical, dental, vision, prescription, life, and short-term disability insurance coverage. Medical insurance is provided with a small premium paid by the resident. Insurance covers residents and their families fully and is effective on the first day of training with no waiting period.

Educational Allowance

A residency book fund is available each year which may be used for books, tablets, laptops, etc. In addition, it can be used to offset the cost of the USMLE Step 3 exam.

The Education Institute (GME Department) will fund up to $1200 per year for meeting attendance for PGY Year 2 and above that have an abstract or poster accepted for presentation at a national meeting. Additional funding for travel and meeting attendance is available through the Women’s Health Institute pending an approval process. Meeting attendance does not subtract from vacation days.


Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective April 16, 2016:

Grad Level New Annual Rate New Per Pay Rate
1 $51,020 $2,125.83
2 $52,665 $2,194.37
3 $54,032 $2,251.33
4 $55,987 $2,332.79
5 $57,992 $2,416.33
6 $60,245 $2,510.20
7 $62,270 $2,594.58
8 $62,543 $2,605.95
9 $64,360 $2,681.66
Additional Benefits
Application Process

The Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute offers 5 categorical positions each year for a total of 20 categorical residents in the program. All positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) match. No preliminary (PGY1) or advanced positions (PGY2) are offered through the match. International applicants are invited to apply through the NRMP as well.

How to Apply

The Ob/Gyn Resident Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for all positions. Our application requirements are the same as the standard ERAS application:

  • Complete Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Step I Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score >220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
    • Must have USMLE Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior to the deadline of the Rank List submission. If you do not have a Step 2 Score Report uploaded, you will not be ranked (assuming you were invited for an interview).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
International Medical Graduates

Here are some frequently asked question by graduates of international medical school regarding the application process:

  • U.S. clinical experience is preferred
  • USMLE Step I Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score >220 is suggested with one (1) attempt
    • Must have USMLE Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior the deadline of the Rank List submission. If you do not have a Step 2 Score Report uploaded, you will not be ranked (assuming you were invited for an interview).
  • ECFMG certification at the time of application is required. Please review the ECFMG requirements for additional information.

September 30th.


Offers for interviews will be made via email starting in early October. Interviews will be held on Wednesdays beginning at the end of October through mid-December. If invited for an interview, please plan on being here most of the day. In most cases, interviews will be completed by 3 p.m. Applicants are invited and highly encouraged to attend a social dinner the night before with our residents. Detailed information regarding the actual interview day, traveling to Cleveland, hotel accommodations, etc. will be provided to the applicant once the interview is confirmed.

For more information:

Melinda A Feldkircher
Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute
Education Manager

Current Residents

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents - Class of 2019

Caitlin Carr, MD
Caitlin Carr, MD

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Undergraduate: Northwestern University – Evanston, IL
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Caitlin competed in her tenth triathlon this past year. She has traveled to Argentina, Ireland and Spain to compete in national soccer competitions. For the last 14 years, Caitlin has been a World Champion BBQ competitor! She also speaks Spanish.

Chelsea Fortin, MD
Chelsea Fortin, MD

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate: Miami University – Oxford, OH
Medical School: Wayne State University College of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Chelsea enjoys traveling, baking, tennis, music and biking. She also can speak conversational French.

Julian Gingold, MD, PhD
Julian Gingold, MD, PhD

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate: Harvard University – Cambridge, MA
Graduate: Harvard University – Cambridge, MA (Masters)
Graduate: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai – New York, NY
Medical School:Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Interests/Hobbies:Julian plays the cello and has a strong interest in the string quartet and classical music. He also enjoys salsa dancing and cooking. Julian speaks basic Arabic, Chinese, German and Yiddish. He also speaks medical Spanish and medical Mandarin.

Natalia Llarena, MD
Natalia Llarena, MD

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: Stanford University – Stanford, CA
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Her hobbies include playing the piano (particularly Chopin and Schubert); reading fiction; knitting; craft projects such as painting and designing handmade gifts. Natalia also enjoys yoga, cooking and hiking. She speaks advanced Spanish.

Jessian Munoz, MD, PhD
Jessian Munoz, MD, PhD

Hometown: West Islip, NY
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico – Cayey, Puerto Rico
Graduate: Rutgers University – Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering – Newark, NJ
Medical School: Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School
Interests/Hobbies:Jesse’s hobbies and interests include traveling and learning about new cuisines and cultures. He enjoys attending local sports events and concerts and babysitting his godson. Jesse is fluent in Spanish.

Kate Woodburn, MD
Kate Woodburn, MD

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN
Medical School: Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical Schoole
Interests/Hobbies: Kate is a PADI Certified advanced open water scuba diver. She has 120 dives with 100 underwater hours. She also enjoys world travel and yoga. Kate also enjoys cooking and baking. She speaks basic Spanish.

Resident Life

Resident Retreat

Each fall, the residents are able to participate in a resident only retreat. This is an opportunity for residents to get to know one another on a more personal level, spend time together outside of the hospital setting, participate in team building activities and have discussions on ways to continue to improve and strengthen the training program. The retreat is fully supported by administration and the current fellows. All residents participate and are excused during clinical activities and responsibilities during this time.

House Staff Association and House Staff Spouse Association

Living in Cleveland

Staff Academic Appointments

Ob/Gyn Academic Appointments
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