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Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

It is with great pride and pleasure that I invite you to consider specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology here at UC Irvine. 

As an alumna of the program, I can attest firsthand to the very high quality training our residents receive, and the strong, team-oriented culture that supports them. 

Our program offers comprehensive training in all areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We work closely with our four fellowship programs to provide exceptional opportunities to explore and gain competence in all areas of our specialty:

Our graduates are consistently divided approximately in half in choosing to pursue fellowship or enter general practice, and are exceptionally well prepared to do either. 

Our educational culture is grounded in core beliefs in the critical importance of graduated autonomy and problem-based learning, allowing trainees to safety stretch their comfort zones and develop tools that will allow them to identify and attack any type of problem in their future careers. 

We pride ourselves on excellence in patient care and education, and members of our department at every level are motivated to support each other in these goals. Through close mentorship with faculty and the program’s responsiveness to resident feedback, residents are engaged in optimizing their own educational experience. 

Our affiliated sites, which include high-volume Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Planned Parenthood, are thoughtfully selected to augment the tertiary care patient population and academic opportunities available here at UC Irvine. Faculty from these sites are active members of our academic community. 

Our locations in north Orange County and Long Beach provide natural diversity in our patient populations and extensive opportunity to work with underserved and vulnerable patient populations. 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Reggie, our program coordinator.

uc irvine obgyn hospitalist laura fitzmaurice

Laura E. Fitzmaurice
Assistant Clinical Professor
Residency Program Director
Division of OB/GYN Hospitalists
Phone: 714-456-8224

Reggie Melendez
Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 714-456-8224
Fax: 714-456-8360

Application Procedures »
  • The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a fully ACGME accredited training program in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • There are seven house officers in each year of the four years of clinical training.
  • We anticipate that each of the house officers who originally match to our program will complete the program, however, progression from year to year is dependent upon satisfactory evidence of academic and professional achievement.
  • Each house officer must complete a total of four years of training to be eligible for examinations leading to certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Our department participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for seven PGY I positions.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically through ERAS. The electronic application includes an application form, medical school transcript, Dean's letter, personal statement and letters of recommendation. We require at least three letters of recommendation (two should be from OB/GYN faculty members). USMLE scores should also be submitted electronically through ERAS
  • Applications from foreign medical graduates must be accompanied by an "Applicant Evaluation Status Letter" from the Medical Board of California approving your eligibility for training and documentation of visa status. Foreign applicants must have a J-1 Visa Type.
  • Our applications submission deadline is Dec. 1.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only about one in five applicants can be offered an interview. 

Once selected for an interview, we will do our best to accommodate requests for interview dates. We accommodate requests on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Applicant Interview Dates »

We will interview for seven PGY-1 positions to start the 2019-2020 academic year.

 The interview dates are as follows (all Fridays):

  • Oct. 12, 2018
  • Oct. 19, 2018
  • Nov. 02, 2018
  • Nov. 09, 2018
  • Nov. 16, 2018
  • Dec. 07, 2018
  • Dec. 14, 2018
Interview Day Schedule »

Interview arrival location

101 The City Drive South
Building 22A, 2nd Floor, Room 2107
Orange. CA 92868
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Arrival time: 6:50 a.m. 
Case Presentations by Residents: 7-8 a.m. 
Grand Rounds: 8-9 a.m.

Breakfast with Residents: 9-10 a.m.
Interviews: 10–1 p.m. 
Lunch and Q&A with program director 1-2 p.m.

Tour with residents: 2 p.m.

Each applicant will be interviewed by two faculty members (20 minutes each) and have a series of six multiple mini interviews (MMI) conducted by residents, the program director and the associate program director (10 minutes each).

**There is an optional "Meet the Residents Social Hour" the evening prior to the interview to allow the applicants and residents to interact in an informal setting.  

Characteristics of Recently Matched Applicants »

Our recruitment and selection process is designed to help us match applicants who will become thriving members of our UC Irvine OB/GYN Residency Program family while contributing their own style of diversity, passion and perseverance. 

Applications are considered as a body of work, with focus on depth and quality, rather than quantity, of projects and on clinical performance and evaluations. There is no minimum USMLE score required to apply, and recently matched applicants have scored in a very wide range.

While it is certainly not required, we love for applicants considering our program to visit us for an elective rotation, which we offer via VSAS in maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, family planning, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and outpatient OB/GYN (“GYN Walk-in”). 

In each of the past three years, three of our seven residents (including those from UC Irvine School of Medicine) have done sub-internships with us prior to matching here.

Current Residents »

uc irvine obgyn residents

Class of 2018

Kiran Clair, MD (Administrative Chief) — University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Shelly Dutt, MD — Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Deborah Karm, MD — Medical College of Wisconsin

Briana Livingston, MD — University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Sarah Paraghamian, MD — University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Brandon Sawyer, MD (Education Chief) — University of Colorado School of Medicine

Rebecca Simon-Freeman, MD (Administrative Chief) — Keck School of Medicine at USC


Class of 2019

Katherine Coakley, MD — Boston University School of Medicine

Adam Crosland, MD, MPH (Education Chief) — University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Catherine Gordon, MD — University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Megan Oakes, MD — University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Nina Hooshvar, MD — Tulane University School of Medicine

Tasha Serna-Gallegos, MD — University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Lauren Yu, MD — Morehouse School of Medicine


Class of 2020

Bradley Bosse, MD — University of Nevada School of Medicine

Nisha Garg, MD — University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Cariza Mercurio, MD — University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Rachel Newman, MD, MBA — Tufts University School of Medicine

Melissa Perez, MD, MPH — University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Marisa Liu, MD — University of Vermont College of Medicine

Virginia Tancioco, MD, MBA — David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Class of 2021

Carly Crowder, MD – USF Morsani College of Medicine

Marielle Meurice, MD – University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Bianca Rivas, MD, MBA – University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Dana Senderoff, MD – University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Joyce Sutedja, MD – University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Paul Wadensweiler, MD, MSc – New York Medical College

Blake Zwerling, MD, MSc – Stanford University School of Medicine

Resident Rotation Schedule »

First Year

The first year of training is exclusively at UC Irvine Medical Center. It includes the following rotations, dividing the year into 14 blocks of approximately three and a half weeks each:

  • Labor and Delivery Days — 2 blocks
  • Labor and Delivery Nights — 2 blocks
  • FHC-SA (primarily OB/GYN ambulatory urgent care) — 2 blocks
  • GynOnc — 2 blocks
  • Gynecology (inpatient and ED) — 2 blocks
  • Ambulatory (primarily specialty outpatient clinics) — 2 blocks
  • FPMRS (Urogyn) — 1 block, first half of the year
  • GYN Night Float — 1 block, second half of the year

Second Year

Eight months of the second year of training is spent at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, with the remaining four months at UC Irvine Medical Center.

  • Long Beach Labor and Delivery days — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Labor and Delivery nights — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Women’s Perinatal Group (MFM) — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Gyn Onc — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Gynecology (outpatient, inpatient and ED) — 2 blocks
  • UCI Antepartum/MFM — 2 blocks
  • GYN Night Float — 1 block, first half of the year
  • Family Planning — 1 block, second half of the year

Third Year

The third year adds in the high-volume GYN surgery experience of a Kaiser Permanente rotation and includes a call-free elective month that can be used to achieve any educational goal desired by the resident:

  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County GYN — 2 blocks
  • Labor and Delivery Nights — 2 blocks
  • UCI Gyn Onc — 2 blocks
  • REI — 2 blocks
  • FHC-SA Clinic Chief — 2 blocks
  • GYN Float (emergency fatigue/sick coverage and OR float) — 2 blocks
  • Family Planning — 1 block, first half of the year
  • Elective — 1 block, second half of the year

Fourth Year

The fourth year of training gives the chief resident a large amount of decision-making responsibilities. The fourth year resident runs all of the different services at UC Irvine Medical Center and the resident services at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, including outpatient clinics and inpatient obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic oncology.  

They also spend two months at Kaiser Anaheim, which is a Gyn rotation with an excellent volume of difficult and vaginal procedures.

  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County GYN — 2 blocks
  • UCI Labor and Delivery — 2 blocks
  • UCI Gyn Onc — 2 blocks
  • UCI Gynecology — 2 blocks
  • LB OB — 2 blocks
  • LB GYN (includes surgical experience at the LB VA) — 2 months
  • Jeopardy (provides interview, conference, vacation coverage) — 2 months

All residents have their own continuity clinics at our affiliated FQHC clinic in Santa Ana.

Weekend L&D and ED call at UCI and LB are shared amongst the more junior classes, with the 4th year residents providing back-up call from home. 

Residents rotating at Kaiser take in-house OB call at Kaiser while on those rotations.

Residency Didactics »

Resident didactics are conducted by class: interns, PGY-2s, PGY-3s and chiefs, allowing for didactic sessions targeted to the appropriate level. 

Each class has four hours of protected teaching time per block (with 14 blocks per year). 

The curriculum encompasses a wide range of domains, including medical knowledge, technical skills labs, simulations, research, quality improvement, interpersonal communication skills, wellness, teaching and professionalism.  

Residency Program Work Hours »

The UC Irvine OB/GYN Residency Program is committed to maintaining compliance with the ACGME GME Program requirements, including clinical and educational work hour rules, by closing monitoring our residents.

These requirements include:

  • Residents must not work more than 80 hours per week, averaged over four weeks or one block, whichever is shorter
  • Residents must have at least one continuous 24 hour period free of clinical responsibilities each week, averaged over four weeks or one block, whichever is shorter
  • Residents may not work more than 24 consecutive hours in-house, exclusive of post-call handoffs
  • Residents should have at least eight hours off between in-house shifts (or 14 hours after a 24-hour call)
Program Graduates — Where Did They Go from Here? »

uc irvine obgyn residency graduates

Class of 2017

  • Jadadi Bignami, MD — Private Practice, Orange, CA
  • Jennifer Duffy, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Christopher LaFargue, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson, TX
  • Melinda Marshall, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, CA
  • Jamie Patterson, MD — Academic Practice, UC Irvine
  • Marcie Rome, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO
  • Jonathan Steller, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, University of Colorado

Class of 2016

  • Elizabeth Bonagura, MD — Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship, University of Louisville
  • Revana Lukman, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii
  • Jennifer, Neeper, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA
  • Jessica Sisto, MD — MIGS Fellowship, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
  • Elizabeth West, MD — Private Practice, Long Beach, CA
  • Melissa Westermann, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Juliet Wolford, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UC Irvine

Class of 2015

  • James Cripe, MD — MIGS Fellowship,  Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA
  • Melissa Hodeib, DO — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UCLA
  • Robert Johnston, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Beverly Long, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, MN
  • Sarah Lovell, MD — OB/GYN Hospitailst Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Allison Serra, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, Magee Women’s/Univ of Pittsburgh

Class of 2014

  • Taylor Brueseke, MD — Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Cindy Chau, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Kristina Eaton, MD — Private Practice, Alaska
  • Teresa Codini Longoria, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Kerry Price, MD — Private Practice, Saddleback, CA
  • Erica Wu, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine/Genetics Combined Fellowship,UC Irvine

Class of 2013

  • Nora Bassiouni, MD — MIGS Fellowship, University of Arizona
  • Justin Diedrich, MD — Family Planning Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Cristina Gioioso, MD — Private Practice, Orange County, CA
  • Freya Elena Marshall, MD — Private Practice, Torrance, CA
  • Natalie Moniaga, MD — Private Practice, Pasadena, CA
  • Jeanna Park, MD — Global Health Fellowship, University of Chicago

Class of 2012 

  • Carol Chiu, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR 
  • Allyson Pace Davis, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA
  • Steven Samawi, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Salem, OR
  • Laura Sech, MD — Family Planning Fellowship, USC
  • Megan Stephenson, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship UC Irvine
  • Morgan Swank, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine

Class of 2011 

  • Amanda Gorman, MD — Private Practice, Rochester, NY
  • Brooke Hargrove, MD — Private Practice, Newport Beach, CA 
  • Leslie Hsu, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA 
  • Sara Kaplan Irwin, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR
  • Heidi Kraus, MD — Private Practice, Newport Beach, CA
  • Raquel Pelayo, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA

Class of 2010

  • Marli Amin, MD — REI Fellowship, UCLA
  • Lisa Blair, MD — Private Practice, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Rosanne Bravo, MD — Private Practice, Fresno, CA
  • Laura Fitzmaurice, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA
  • Sara Meltzer Jordan, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Jennifer Salcedo, MD — Family Planning Fellowship, UCLA