About Our Program

Group photo of the 2020 OHSU OB/GYN Residency Program from the annual Resident Banquet

The department includes generalists, gynecologic oncologists, urogynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, and maternal/fetal physicians.

OHSU nurse-midwives are available for referrals and work side-by-side with the residents in our clinics.

Residents also work with over 100 private practice physicians in the community who act as formal preceptors at the three other program sites.

See a complete listing of academic faculty by division

The Center for Women's Health balcony

The primary training site is OHSU Hospital and the OHSU Center for Women's Health, known as “The Hill,” which includes Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

Dr. Amy Stenson oversees the activities of assistant program directors at each of the four hospitals where residents rotate off the Hill. Each assistant program director is responsible for day-to-day supervision and management of the individual resident rotations at the various teaching hospitals.

Dr. Weiya Wysham, manages activities at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Brenda Kehoe oversees rotations at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Both hospitals are part of the Legacy Health Systems Community.

Dr. Elizabeth Melendez is the director at our affiliated program site, Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Dr. Virginia Leslie manages activities at the Providence Portland Medical Center and the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Inter-department Residency Benefits:

  • 4 weeks of paid time off each year and 1 major holiday
  • 4 half days per academic year for resident healthcare, dental, or personal needs
  • Financial support when presenting posters or abstracts at national meetings
  • Financial support to attend two conferences of resident’s choosing during two separate years of residency (1st or 2nd year and 3rd or 4th year)
  • 2 week elective rotation during 2nd year of residency and 3rd year flex rotation
  • All residents attend the annual Pacific Northwest Review of OBGYN

Mission Statement

The mission of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Oregon Health & Science University is to develop outstanding physicians with the knowledge and skills to build productive and fulfilling careers as clinicians, educators, researchers and advocates. We strive to provide this training in a diverse, inclusive, collegial educational environment where trainee well-being and professional development are among our utmost priorities and in alignment with the University's triple aims of healing, teaching and discovery.

Program Aims

  1. Broadly train OBGYN residents to enter comprehensive, full scope obstetrics and gynecology practices or to continue on to competitive fellowship training.
  2. Produce graduates who become leaders in OBGYN and advocates for patients and their communities.
  3. Prepare residents within an innovative curriculum that emphasizes surgical excellence, academic rigor, professionalism, continual quality improvement and self-care.

The obstetrics and gynecology training program at OHSU combines structured teaching environments such as skills labs, observed and debriefed patient encounters, and didactics and journal clubs with busy clinical and operative services to fulfill the educational objectives outlined by the Council of Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). Its outstanding faculty and superb clinical facilities provide a top-notch training program that prepares graduates to be competitive for fellowship positions or to be outstanding generalist OBGYN physicians. The key educational objectives include:

  1. Comprehensive exposure to the core curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology as outlined by CREOG.
  2. Education, assessment, and demonstration of competency in patient care, medical knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.
  3. Development of complete proficiency in office gynecology, evaluation and management of all general gyn problems, performance of office gyn procedures including colposcopy, endometrial evaluation, and limited gyn ultrasound, and ability to function as a consultant in gynecology.
  4. Mastery of low- and high-risk obstetrical management in the ambulatory and inpatient settings, including performance of limited obstetrical ultrasound and exposure to genetics.
  5. Technical proficiency in basic and complicated gynecologic operative procedures, pre- and post-op evaluation, and management of complications.
  6. Training in primary care, including the use of complementary and alternative medicine, in order to address the total healthcare needs of women.
  7. Training in menopause management and geriatrics, with an emphasis on the special needs of an increasing geriatric population.
  8. Proficiency in first and second trimester abortion, follow up care, and complications. See Abortion Policy.
  9. Exposure to reproductive endocrinologic, urogynecologic, and gynecologic oncologic evaluation, surgical care, and postoperative care, as well as medical management unique to these patient populations.
  10. Proficiency in the analysis and interpretation of medical literature and epidemiology, and the use of electronic media to gather current publications and research.
  11. Exposure to basic and clinical research in obstetrics and gynecology, including experience creating, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting original research in women’s health.

Abortion Policy

We have developed a mechanism for helping residents who are struggling with the dilemma of whether they hold a moral objection or whether they are just disturbed by or uncomfortable with the procedure itself.

  • It is the department's expectation that all residents will receive instruction in contraception and abortive counseling and techniques.
  • It is the department's expectation that residents will perform abortions with appropriate faculty supervision.
  • It is not the department's policy that residents will be required to perform abortions.

Exceptions will be based on OHSU's medical staff policy regarding conscientious objection2

Residents seeking exceptions will give a presentation with her/his justification to a three-person faculty panel, chaired by the program director.
The purpose of this panel will be to be supportive and constructive and not directive and coercive. The panel will establish its own criteria for exceptions along the lines of, but not necessarily identical to, criteria established elsewhere3

Where exceptions are approved by the panel, the residents will be required to be involved in pre-abortal counseling and post-abortal care of patients undergoing termination of pregnancy.

  1. Family Practice Perspectives 1987, 19:158-162
  2. OHSU Hospital and Clinics Policies and Procedures/Conscious Practice Oct. 1997
  3. Journal of Medical Ethics, 1996, vol. 22, 115-120