OB/GYN Residency Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our residency program? Answers to some of the most common inquiries can be found here.

The Program

Yes, Women & Infants is the ONLY hospital in the U.S. with a free-standing emergency room dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of women with a variety of obstetric and gynecologic conditions. Our Emergency Department is staffed by our own Ob/Gyn physicians and residents. At the conclusion of their training, our graduates are fully versed in the diagnosis and management of acute obstetric and gynecologic emergencies, as well as the diagnostic work-up of conditions unique to pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Yes, usually you have 2 weeks during your 2nd year, as well as 6 weeks your third year. During this time, you start and complete your resident research project and typically you have time to pursue other learning opportunities. Residents go on international electives and have the opportunity to pursue away rotations (eg Rutledge or Galloway rotations).

Yes, residents are required to have a resident research project. Each resident can choose their research project and research mentor. We have excellent resources for research including funding and protected elective time. We have a dedicated Division of Clinical Research within our Department which is a tremendous resource for the projects. Most residents present their research at regional and/or national meetings and the majority of projects are published in peer-reviewed journals.

Most residents live in Providence and the surrounding areas of Warwick, Cranston and North Providence, RI. Some residents purchase homes and others rent. Our commute is typically less than 15 minutes.

Yes, in fact we have several. Each resident is assigned a faculty midwife preceptor at the start of their intern year. Our midwives are fabulous (!) and give educational and emotional support throughout the four years (and often beyond). Starting with second year, each resident chooses both a community based faculty member and a hospital based faculty member and then we choose another set each subsequent year. We meet with our mentors on a regular basis for career guidance and just to talk about life. By switching each year, we have the ability to develop a close relationship with a number of mentors who can advocate for us when we are job or fellowship hunting, etc. We also have research mentors to guide our research projects. Additionally, each class has a longitudinal class mentor to bring our classes together individually for events throughout the four years of residency.

Yes, each resident is supported to attend a national conference of their choice during their PGY 2, 3 and 4 years. In addition, we are able to attend any conferences in which we are presenting (poster or oral presentation). There is an annual New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society meeting that we are encouraged to attend. The ENTIRE chief resident class attends the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) conference each year.

Yes! Interns are given a $50 stipend to purchase a pair of work shoes their first year. We also get two new lab coats each year, a meal debit account at our hospital cafeteria, and parking at work is free.

There are optional moonlighting opportunities during the senior residency years. Residents in good standing may moonlight if there are available shifts and they remain within the 80-hour work week.

Residents can provide feedback to Dr. Burrell in a number of different ways. She has individual class meetings on a monthly basis, and regular meetings with Administrative Chief residents to address residency wide questions and concerns. She meets with the residency as a whole every ~6 weeks at Friday noon conference with the Associate Program Directors. She meets with each resident individually every 6 months for resident feedback, but also for personal feedback regarding the program and areas for improvement. Additionally, she has an open door policy to any resident at any time. Dr. Burrell is a general Ob/Gyn by trade and also works with us clinically on a regular basis in the ED, on Labor & Delivery, in the OR and outpatient settings.

During our internship year, we have a one month rotation in the MICU at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH). RIH is our sister hospital and we are connected via a tunnel. Their residents also rotate through our hospital. No other rotations (other than an optional away elective) are taken at outside institutions and all obstetric and gynecologic rotations and call are taken here. We feel this is very important as it helps both our sense of family and call schedule (since we cover only one institution).

We are a very busy program that provides tremendous hands-on experience. Our interns are in the operating room virtually the first day they are on call, being taken through c-sections and other surgeries by our faculty.

Yes! Post-night float breakfasts, OB team dinners, volleyball matches and more are often coordinated by residents.

Brown has completed the RYAN grant training program, meaning that we are a "graduated" residency. We continue to have a strong family planning department and curriculum for those residents who are interested in receiving this training.

Yes, residents complete a Breast rotation during their second year and our institution also has a Breast Fellowship training program within the Department of Ob/Gyn.

The Application Process

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All application materials must be processed through ERAS. We also participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). You must register with the NRMP separately. NRMP provides an impartial venue for matching applicants' preferences for residency positions with program directors' preferences for applicants.

November 1, 2020

A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation is required; more are fine but do not help.

A completed application includes:

  • An ERAS Common Application Form
  • Completed NRMP application with NRMP number
  • A copy of Step1, and when available, Step 2 USMLE scores
  • IMGs only - ECFMG Certificate
  • A copy of medical school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 1 from Ob/Gyn)
  • A personal statement
  • A head and shoulders photograph, preferably submitted via ERAS

A passing grade on the USMLE Step 1 is required as part of the application.

Interviews are by invitation only. The program selects approximately 80 candidates for interview. We utilize the AAMC Holistic Review Model for application review. Traditional metrics reviewed include Medical Student Performance Evaluation, successful performance on USMLE exams including the CS, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Research, volunteerism and work experience are also considered.

You will receive an Invitation to Interview email via ERAS with instructions for scheduling your interview.

Yes, we schedule a social evening for the candidates and residents to meet informally. Additionally, our residents participate during the interviews as well.


No, see below for requirements for foreign medical graduates.

In addition to a completed ERAS application, the following requirements apply: a valid ECFMG certificate, U.S. citizenship, U.S. permanent residency, or a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. Please refer to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates web site for certification details: www.ecfmg.org.

  • An H-1B1 will be considered if the IMG holds an H-1B1 visa through another institution, or is a graduate of a U.S. medical school.
  • U.S. clinical experience is preferred.
  • Women and Infants Hospital does not offer observerships.
  • IMGs must provide certified copies of their medical school diploma, dean's letter, and medical school transcript with translations, if needed.
  • IMG applicants must be recent graduates (within the last five years).

IMGs should also provide documentation of internships/residencies already served.
It is your responsibility to follow-up to ensure your file is complete. ERAS should verify that your application has been received and when it is complete.

For questions about the application process, please contact Andrea Henault, residency program coordinator via email at [email protected].