School of Medicine

Division of Family Medicine - Residency Program


The core OB curriculum during residency includes seeing caring for OB patients in clinic and on inpatient rotations. Hospital care involves 10 – 12 inpatient weeks on Labor and Delivery at the University of Utah Hospital, a high volume tertiary care center, and 4 weeks at LDS Hospital, a local community hospital. Residents typically graduate with a range of 60 – 120 deliveries, with an average of 80 – 90 deliveries. The majority of deliveries are obtained while on inpatient rotations. Residents deliver on average 6 continuity patients by the end of residency.

Additional OB Opportunities throughout Residency

Teaching Opportunities
  • OB workshop for Medical Students
  • Survival Skills (intern didactics)
  • Wednesday Afternoon Teaching Session (residency didactics)
  • Grand Rounds
Operative Experience
  • Additional cesarean section experience may be arranged with back-up call ground covering LDS hospital, especially on nights and weekends
  • Residents are encouraged to use their available CME times in R2 and R3 years to attend obstetric related courses, such as the AAFP Family Centered Maternity Care Conference

Second Year (R2) and Third Year (R3)

Maternal-Child Health Longitudinal Experience
  • Application for the Community Health Center (CHC) Maternal-Child Health Experience is available during R1 year. Two or three residents are selected per class.
  • Clinics are half day a week during the R2 and R3 years providing underserved obstetric and pediatric care.
  • Residents are expected to manage and deliver their OB patients, provide post-partum and well child care.
  • Primarily Spanish speaking population. If not proficient in Spanish, a month of language training may be pursued in R1 or R2 year, commonly done as an international elective involving language immersion.
Elective Rotations
  • Inpatient OB days or nights at LDS Hospital
  • CHC OB Call - work with CHC attendings during their OB call shifts, covering UU and LDS hospitals. Often 3 to 6 babies are delivered in a twelve hour shift.
  • Outpatient specialty clinic rotations at UUMC (such as high-risk OB or infertility clinic)
  • OB Ultrasound training
  • Pregnancy termination experience at Planned Parenthood

Fellowship Training (R4)

OB Fellowship:
The University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in partnership with the Community Health Centers offer a one-year Family Medicine Obstetrics Fellowship following completion of the residency training. Fellows gain experience in high-risk and operative OB.