Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at BU Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine 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 healthcare 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, family planning, sexual wellness, 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, subinternships 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; Beth Israel Lahey Health in Burlington, MA; St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA; and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Jose, CA.

The OB/GYN clerkship is typically taken by Chobanian & Avedisian SOM 3 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 their 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, a fellowship in Complex Family Planning, and the country’s first fellowship in Maternal Health Addiction Medicine.

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 Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Registrar. For information about research opportunities, please contact Katharine White, MD MPH, Vice Chair of Academics for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.