Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a nationally recognized leader in women’s health. Our mission is to maintain our reputation for excellence by providing the highest quality of medical care to the women we serve, contributing to the long-term health and well-being of these women, educating and training future health care professionals of the highest quality, and contributing to the knowledge base in our discipline.

The clinical services of the department cover:

  • Obstetrics, including maternal-fetal medicine and prenatal diagnosis.
  • Gynecology, including reproductive endocrinology and infertility, oncology, urogynecology, family planning, and minimally invasive surgery.
  • Special programs, including pregnancy and addiction medicine, women with disabilities, refugee women’s health, Haitian and Latina women’s health clinics, and international opportunities.

Our contributions to the academic programs of the Boston University Medical Campus include the required clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology, sub-internships in maternal-fetal medicine and gynecology, electives in family planning, substance use disorder in pregnancy and ambulatory gynecology, and research activities that include collaborations with colleagues in medicine, pediatrics, and public health. We have teaching affiliations with the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA; Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA; the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA; Beverly Hospital in Beverly, MA; Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth in Plymouth, MA; St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA; Steward Norwood Hospital in Norwood, MA; Lowell Community Health Center in Lowell, MA; and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Jose, CA. An OB/GYN elective in the U.S. Virgin Islands was added in 2013.

The OB/GYN clerkship is typically taken by BUSM3 students. Its four core objectives are:

  1. To provide instruction in the basic knowledge and skills specific to the reproductive health maintenance and disorders of women.
  2. To stress the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, interviewing skills, appropriate physical exam, and clinical problem solving in caring for patients.
  3. To emphasize the importance of quality obstetrics and gynecology in providing continuous, comprehensive care for women.
  4. To prepare each student for his/her future role as a physician, regardless of specialty choice. Additionally, the clerkship provides exposure to our specialty for those third-year students interested in OB/GYN as a career choice.

Our postgraduate training opportunities include a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in family planning.

For further information about the clinical activities and training programs in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, please visit our BMC website. Outside students interested in clinical electives should contact the BUSM registrar. For information about research opportunities, please contact Aviva Lee-Parritz, MD, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology.