Obstetrics & Gynecology

Welcome to the Bridgeport Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program. It is our pleasure to provide you with valuable information regarding the specifics of the curriculum, call schedule, faculty, residents and other common areas of interest.

The following statements represent the essential core of our focus during your training at Bridgeport Hospital:

  • To provide an evidence-based, education-focused residency training to all residents
  • To provide high quality and compassionate patient care to all
  • To promote excellence in all ACGME competencies
  • To enable all residents to achieve their personal and professional goals

As your Program Director, it is my responsibility and my pleasure to provide a quality educational experience and enable you to develop into a highly skilled provider of women’s health services.

Bridgeport Hospital serves a diverse patient population with respect to socioeconomic status, race, nationality and culture. We are committed to providing the highest quality and most compassionate care possible to all patients.

The Bridgeport Hospital Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology participates fully in the National Residency Match Program currently with four positions available per year. We are seeking applicants with a strong commitment to patient care. Our program is highly selective. In addition to a strong academic record, we require our residents to have an evidence-based approach to clinical care, and demonstrate a collaborative communication style. As we are a Yale affiliated training program, it is expected that our residents will have an enthusiasm for teaching at all levels. We offer quality obstetric training with exposure to full time on-site Maternal Fetal Medicine faculty. As a resident, you will also have access to a thorough and diverse surgical experience with procedure volumes well above national averages. In addition to the full range of general and subspecialty gynecologic surgeries, residents will be exposed to the newest minimally-invasive surgical techniques, and gain extensive robotic surgery experience. Finally, there is a strong emphasis on outpatient experience in our Bridgeport Hospital Clinic.

Our residents will leave us fully trained as competent generalists in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Many have chosen to pursue highly successful careers in private practice. A sizeable number of our graduates have obtained additional training in a variety of subspecialties including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reproductive Surgery, and Gynecologic Oncology.

We hope you will find the information provided on this website useful and that you will strongly consider applying to our program for your training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Procedure Volumes

Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bridgeport Hospital have access to a robust volume and variety of procedures. Each year the ACGME tracks certain resident procedure volumes and publishes the national trends and percentiles. Below is where Bridgeport Hospital lies with respect to national statistics.

Obstetrics
Vaginal Deliveries – 60th percentile

Cesarean Sections – 90th percentile
Ultrasound – 80th percentile

Gynecology
Surgery for Invasive Cancer – 70th percentile
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – 40th percentile
Total Vaginal Hysterectomy – 50th percentile
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – 90th percentile
Operative Laparoscopy - 90th percentile
Dilatation and Curettage – 90th percentile

In addition, Bridgeport Hospital has a longstanding dominance in the area of robotic surgery, being the first institution in Fairfield County to perform over 1000 robotic procedures. As this is not yet a procedure tracked by the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Review Committee, national statistics are not available. However, residents are taught to perform total laparoscopic hysterectomies, myomectomies, pelvic floor suspension surgery, and various oncologic procedures using the robot, and will be able to obtain robotic certification during the residency if desired.


Call Schedule

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program utilizes a night float system for the majority of nighttime clinical coverage. Residents do two, four-week night float rotations each of the four years of training. Each rotation consists of an upper and a lower level resident. The night shift team works 14-hour shifts for five days from Sunday night through Friday morning. There is full time in-house faculty supervision of the residents while on night float as well as dedicated obstetrical anesthesia. The remaining nights and weekends are broken into a Friday night/Sunday day shift, and a 24 hour Saturday shift, except for first year residents, who each do a 12 hour shift on Saturday. On average, a resident will have 2 weekend shifts per month.

There are no in-house moonlighting opportunities for the residents, and off-site moonlighting is not permitted at this time.


Compensation & Benefits



Compensation Rates

Resident/fellow salaries range from $52,684-$71,676 per year. All housestaff members receive four week/s vacation per academic year and accrue 12 sick days per year.

Benefits
4 weeks of vacation per year
2 elective rotations, one during 3rd and 4th year respectively
Yale New Haven Health System Advantage Plus Plan or Advantage Plan Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Long and short term disability insurance
Malpractice Insurance provided at no extra cost
Bridgeport Hospital Retirement Savings plan
Paid conferences in the 2nd and 3rd year of residency
Paid Board Review Course in the 4th year of residency
10 dollars per night call meal allowance
Education reimbursement: $400 annually
Hospital provided and laundered scrubs and white coats

2017

Dr. Mitchell Clark, Gyn/Onc Fellowship, U. of Toronto

Dr. Eamon Felton, Private Practice, Nashville, TN Metropolitan Area

Dr. Robert O'Sullivan, Laborist, YNHH/Bridgeport Hospital

Dr. Michelle Stoltzman, Private Practice, St. Vincent's Hospital, Bridgeport



2016

Dr. Lily Bayat, Family Planning Fellowship, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Dr. Perry Friedman, MFM Fellowship, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Dr. Tiffany Zigras, Gyn/Onc Fellowship, U. of Toronto



2015

Dr. Joan Alvarez, Private Practice, Miami, FL

Dr. Emily Baltes, Private Practice, Fort Wayne, IN

Dr. Maia Sharuk, Laborist, Boston, MA



2014

Dr. Sarah Allen, Pursuing Graduate Studies (Public Health), Not in Practice

Dr. Dallas Reed, Genetics Fellowship, Faculty at Tufts University, Boston, MA.

Dr. Marneece Williams, Private Practice, Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Nwamaka Ugokwe 2/26/14, Private Practice, Brooklyn, NY

Bridgeport Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training program has a robust didactic curriculum provided to the residents. The following are examples of the breadth and depth of didactic experience available:

  1. Chapter Review
  2. Grand Rounds
  3. CREOG Reviews
  4. Practical Workshops
  5. Hands-on simulation
  6. Tumor Board
  7. Yale Grand Rounds
  8. Specialty-specific conferences
  9. GME Office Resident Education Series
  10. OSCEs and OSTEs
  11. Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
  12. Journal Clubs

Resident didactic sessions are fully protected time, with coverage of clinical duties by faculty, private physicians, and midlevel providers. The curriculum for the resident didactics follows a 2-year cycle of topics tied to ACGME competencies and the core CREOG Educational Objectives. Topics are referenced to the standard textbooks within our specialty with the assumption made that residents will read the materials before the didactic sessions. The didactic sessions are facilitated by the residency faculty and the grand round speakers. Once per month, time is set aside for a surgical skills workshop during which surgical techniques are reviewed in either a journal club or practical/hands-on format. Additionally, specialized retreats covering Teaching Skills, Law & Medicine, Biomedical Ethics, and the Business of Medicine are scheduled throughout the year. 

Residents on vacation, away electives, and night float are not expected to attend.

PGY-4

Ainsley McFadgen
Andres Reig Ruiz
Erika Schaeffer

PGY-3

Rodrigo Fernandez
Wafa Khadraoui
Amelia Morrison
Mio Sawai
Janice Soto Moralesr

PGY-2

Michelle Anthony
Colleen Murphy
Wesley Nilsson
Rachel Roesner

PGY-1

Marisa Beals
Metehan Imamoglu
Omar Sobh
Laura Tafuri

There is a strong emphasis throughout the four years of training on evidence based medicine and scholarly activity. The expectations per year for scholarly activity are outlined below.

First Year
  1. 2-3 Journal Club presentations per year
  2. Preparation of cases for monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
Second Year

     Preparation of a Project
  1. Literature search and support
  2. Selection of Research Mentor
  3. Development of research protocol
  4. IRB approval if needed
  5. Preparation and presentation of  “Future Directions” Poster for presentation at the Hospital-wide Annual Science Symposium
Third Year
  1. Completion of Project
  2. Presentation at Annual Science Symposium
  3. Preparation of Manuscript for submission to peer reviewed journal or conference
Fourth Year
  1. Preparation and presentation of evidence-based grand rounds on topic of choice
  2. Critical Appraisal of third year resident research projects
The Graduate Medical Education Department provides significant monetary support for resident and fellow scholarly activity. In addition, funds are available for presentation of original research at national or international conferences.