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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.

Twenty resident positions (five per level) are available for this four-year program. 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.

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:

  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
  • 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.

Program Advantages

Flexibility

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.

Credibility

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. Additionally:

  • 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. Continuity clinics take place at Westown Physicians Center near Fairview Hospital, and 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 2 year. No resident will go longer than two months without a continuity clinic during their second through fourth years.

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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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
Vacation

15 vacation days are provided each year.

Insurance

All clinical trainees at Cleveland Clinic receive medical, dental, vision, prescription, life, and short-term disability insurance coverage. Medical insurance is provided at zero cost and covers residents and their families fully. Insurance 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, the Women’s Health Institute will also provide funding for registration fees for the USMLE Step 3.

The Education Institute will fund up to $1200 per year for meeting attendance provided an abstract or poster is presented. 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.

Salary

Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective May 1, 2013:

Grad Level New Annual Rate New Per Pay Rate
1 $48,919 $2,038.2917
2 $50,472 $2,103.0000
3 $52,036 $2,168.1667
4 $54,078 $2,253.2500
5 $56,363 $2,348.4583
6 $58,770 $2,448.7500
7 $60,098 $2,504.0833
8 $60,858 $2,535.7500
9 $63,092 $2,628.8333
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 > 200 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score >200 is suggested with one (1) attempt
    • Must have USMLE Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior to interview, if invited
  • 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 but not a requirement
  • Application deadline is September 30th
  • USMLE Step I Transcript & Score > 200 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step I Transcript & Score > 200 is suggested with one (1) attempt
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score >200 is suggested with one (1) attempt
    • Must have USMLE Step 2 Score Report uploaded into ERAS prior to interview, if invited
  • ECFMG certification at the time of application is required. Please review the ECFMG requirements for additional information.
Deadline

While there is no definite deadline, we strongly encourage that all applications be submitted on or soon after September 30th as interview spots fill very quickly.

Interviews

Offers for interviews will be made via email starting the end of September. Interviews will be held on Wednesdays beginning in mid-October through mid-December. If invited for an interview, please plan on being here all day. In most cases, interviews will be completed by 4 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:

Georgann Yonkers
Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute
Education Program Coordinator
216.445.2358
yonkersg@ccf.org

Current Residents

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents - Class of 2016

Melanie Arora, MD
Melanie Arora, MD

Hometown: Apple Valley, CA
Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Dr. Arora enjoys tennis, sports, traveling, movies, skiing and shopping.

Megan Buechel, MD
Megan Buechel, MD

Junior Administrative Chief Resident

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Undergraduate: Scripps College – Claremont, CA
Medical School: University of Arizona, College of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Dr. Buechel enjoys backpacking, hiking, running, biking, and skiing. She also enjoys playing volleyball and participating in intramurals.

Ginny Marie Harris, MD, PhD
Ginny Marie Harris, MD, PhD

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
Graduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa Roy A. & Lucille J. Carver College of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Dr. Harris enjoys knitting and felting as well as fictional literature and historical non-fiction literature.

Jamie Stanhiser, MD
Jamie Stanhiser, MD

Hometown: Loma Linda, CA
Undergraduate: University of California-San Diego
Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: In her free time, Dr. Stanhiser enjoys kick-boxing, chorale ensembles and piano.

Monique Yoder, MD
Monique Yoder, MD

Hometown: Wooster, OH
Undergraduate: South Dakota State University
Medical School: University of South Dakota, School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Dr. Yoder enjoys amateur photography, writing, travel, biking, swimming and yoga.



Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents - Class of 2017

Chiazor Akusoba, MD
Chiazor Akusoba, MD

Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OH
Medical School: Ohio State University, College of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: In her free time, Dr. Akusoba enjoys reading, running, cardio kickboxing, baking, decorating and knitting.

Cynthia Arvizo, MD
Cynthia Arvizo, MD

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Undergraduate: University of Rochester – Rochester, NY
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Dr. Arvizo is an avid runner participating in many 5K races. A future goal would be to participate in a marathon. Other activities she enjoys is traveling and enjoying food from around the world, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She is also fluent in French and Spanish.

Lisa Caronia, MD
Lisa Caronia, MD

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Undergraduate: Ohio University – Athens, OH
Medical School: Ohio State University, College of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Dr. Caronia enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with family and friends, reading, designing stationary, yoga, skiing and exercising.

Suejin Kim, MD
Suejin Kim, MD

Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Undergraduate: University of Toronto – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Dr. Kim’s hobbies include drawing, arts and crafts, reading, baking and Tae Kwon Do. She is also fluent in Korean.

Lindsey Valentine, MD
Lindsey Valentine, MD

Hometown: Langhorne, PA
Undergraduate: University of Rhode Island – Kingston, RI
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: In her free time, Dr. Valentine enjoys crafting, yoga, travel, skiing and watching “Top Chef”.



Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents - Class of 2018

Alexander Kotlyar, MD
Alexander Kotlyar, MD

Hometown: Khmelnitsky, Ukraine
Undergraduate: New York University – New York, NY
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth – Hanover, NH
Interests/Hobbies: Alex has interests in fencing (foil) and was a member of the Dartmouth College Fencing Club. He also enjoys snowboarding, illustration (pencil drawings), goache/acrylic/oil painting, soccer, lacrosse, classical music and playing the trumpet. He was a member of the Dartmouth College German Club and speaks basic Hebrew and Spanish. He is fluent in Russian and hopes to learn Arabic.

Thanh Ha Bao Luu, MD
Thanh Ha Bao Luu, MD

Hometown: Nha Trang, Vietnam
Undergraduate: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies – Kyoto, Japan
Graduate: Northwestern University – Chicago, IL
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
Interests/Hobbies: Ha is a travel and food enthusiast and has an interest in integrative, complementary, and alternative medicine. She speaks basic Japanese and Spanish and is fluent in Vietnamese.

Laura Moulton, DO, MS
Laura Moulton, DO, MS

Hometown: Solihull, United Kingdom
Undergraduate: University of Illinois – Urbana, IL
Graduate: Midwestern University – Downers Grove, IL
Medical School: College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University – Chicago, IL
Interests/Hobbies: In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, running, food and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Emily Nacy, MD
Emily Nacy, MD

Hometown: Southfield, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine – Detroit, MI
Interests/Hobbies:Her hobbies include backcountry hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and camping. She is also an avid reader and an international traveler. Emily speaks basic Spanish.

Sarah Steele, MD
Sarah Steele, MD

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate: Duke University – Durham, NC
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine – Washington, DC
Interests/Hobbies:In her free time, Sarah enjoys running. She participated in a 5K fundraiser for the HOYA Free Clinic in Washington DC. She also enjoys hiking and reading fiction.

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