Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program
Madigan Army Medical Center is one of the premier post-graduate medical teaching centers in the Department of Defense.
Madigan offers state-of-the-art facilities for women’s health care. It is approximately seven miles south of the city of Tacoma; Seattle is 40 miles to the North and Portland 120 miles south. Madigan is the primary referral facility for the Western Regional Medical Command, a geographic area that encompasses 20 states and nine Medical Treatment Facilities.
The OB/GYN Residency Program has a long tradition of producing exceptional physicians. The residency is fully accredited by the RRC and trains four residents per year. The program maintains a strong emphasis on clinical medicine and research. At the 2013 ACOG Annual Armed Forces District Meeting, Madigan’s OB/GYN researchers won the award for the Best Overall Scientific Paper, Best Scientific Paper from a Teaching Hospital and Best Scientific Paper from those in Residency Training.
The department is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, while simultaneously training our residents in the principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The training experience at Madigan combines didactic education with exposure to a broad spectrum of outpatient and inpatient experiences. Wednesday mornings are devoted to academic time, which includes conferences and lectures provided by staff, residents, and guest lecturers. Residents participate in about ten surgery/skill labs per year with state-of-the-art models and equipment. Independent instruction by faculty using realistic models for complex procedures such as hysterectomy provide a unique learning experience during these labs. These labs are also used for training in obstetric emergencies and multidisciplinary teamwork.
With the large active-duty, dependent, and retiree population in the area, our residents see manypatients with complicated obstetric and gynecologic health concerns. . The majority of the residency rotations take place at Madigan. Residents also rotate at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma for benign gynecology in the PGY-3 year, and for gynecologic oncology in the PGY-4 year.
Madigan boasts a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, which gives our residents the opportunity to work one-on-one with fellows in performing procedures using state-of-the-art equipment. Residents gain exceptional experience with obstetricultrasound through personal instruction with MFM faculty in the DoD’s only AIUM accredited OB/GYN ultrasound facility.
All residents are required to perform a research project prior to graduation. This activity is well supported at the service and hospital level, including funding to present papers at national meetings.
Military medical students interested in applying for Madigan's OB/GYN Residency are strongly encouraged to rotate on site. The selection process depends greatly on the opportunity to evaluate the candidate's knowledge base, commitment, work ethic, and communication skills. The optimal time to perform clinical rotations is July to October. To set up a 4th year rotation, contact the Residency Program Coordinator, at (253) 968-0325.