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Thank you for your interest in the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Rush University Medical Center.

Rush Medical College was chartered in 1837. Soon thereafter Rush Medical College founding President Daniel Brainard selected John Evans to teach Obstetrics and Gynecology on the first Rush Faculty. In 1879 Dr William Heath Byford founded the first separate department of gynecology at Rush and Rush faculty became the midwest's leaders in gynecologic surgery. The two departments of obstetrics and gynecology were joined together again after Dr. Byfords death. Training of medical students in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology was established and grew during this time period. Rush University was a leading force in the education of medical students in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

In 1954, the Rush Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program received its residency accreditation for the first time. Since then the program has graduated over 400 residents, of which approximately 300 are currently actively practicing. This program has had a long tradition of producing physicians to provide state-of-the art healthcare to women in this country by the careful training of our residents.

The objective of this four-year residency program is to develop competent clinical and surgical skills and enhance the vital roles of preventive and primary care in the management of patients. Residents gain extensive experience in the diagnosis, management and treatment of obstetrical and gynecological problems. They are well prepared to enter into private practice or a subspecialty fellowship. Although the program is demanding and stimulating, it also fosters and encourages camaraderie between the residents and attending staff.

Xavier Pombar, DO
Director, Residency Program


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