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We offer excellent postgraduate education with a sustained tradition of excellence. Our strengths include our strong commitment to continued enhancement of our program through continued curriculum review, innovation and development, our strong research program, our excellence in surgical training and our relatively small program which allows for more continuity in training. The program provides training in general Obstetrics & Gynecology, as well as the subspecialties of: Maternal Fetal Medicine including ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, Urogynecology, Sexual Medicine and Minimal Access Surgery.

  • General Information

    The postgraduate education program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University is designed to train residents to practice as competent Generalists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and successfully complete the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ qualifying examination. For most residents, the training program will be five years in length. Completion of the entire program depends on satisfactory completion of each of the components within the program.

    The Residency Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University is a competency-based program consisting of rotations at 3 of the hospitals in the city of Hamilton as well as many hospitals in the surrounding communities. The hospitals in Hamilton are themselves coordinated in a series of regional programs which concentrate specialized facilities at certain hospitals and provide mutual support for other specialized facilities which are needed at all hospitals. The results are that the residents receive a great variety of clinical experience from the large referral base.

    The program uses the Entrusted Professional Activities (EPA) list developed by the Specialty Committee of the Royal College as a basis for evaluation. Additionally, using the CANMEDS framework, the postgraduate program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University has additional goals and objectives for each of the rotations that we feel are critical for competence in training as a consultant in the specialty. A minimum standard for performance in all CANMEDS domains, along with successful completion of all EPAs, is necessary to merit advancement in the residency program.

  • Program Description

    The residency program is arranged on a five level basis, with each level usually equated to one year in the program. The program is problem-centred and experience-based: residents carry out their duties and responsibilities under faculty supervision. As the resident progresses through the program, the level of supervision decreases and the degree of autonomy increases.

    The first postgraduate year (PGY1) is a broad-based clinical year, in which residents develop foundational skills with broad applications. The PGY2 year focuses on the attainment of general obstetrical and gynecological knowledge and skills. The PGY3 and PGY4 years of the program are structured around the development of skills pertaining to the sub-specialty areas. The final PGY5 year involves time performing as a Chief Resident and honing senior surgical expertise.

    • Specific information for each level: PGY1-5
  • Postgraduate Education Committee

    The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Postgraduate Education Committee is composed of the Residency Program Director, the Department Chair, the faculty Research Coordinator, the MFM Fellowship Program Director, the local and regional hospital site coordinators, the Department Associate Chair and a resident representative from each year. This committee meets monthly to discuss topics relating to the day-to-day running of the program and any upcoming changes. Residents have a strong voice on the committee to help effect changes in the program.

  • Elective Opportunities

    There are elective opportunities available in general Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as the subspecialty areas. Students, clerks, and residents outside of the McMaster Obstetrics & Gynecology Program who are looking for elective opportunities should contact our Residency Program Administrative Assistant


NOTE: all applications to the Residency Program MUST go through CaRMS, CEHPEA, or McMaster Postgraduate Education (for outside funded applicants only). We do not accept any applications sent directly to the office.


Dr Michelle Morais 

Residency Program Director

Postgraduate Administrative Team



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