Train with Ob/Gyn experts in your chosen specialty.

Ob/Gyn Residency  

Residents at UNM train alongside experts who serve a diverse group of women in New Mexico. UNM Hospital is the major referral center and only Level 1 Trauma Center in New Mexico for obstetrics, specialized gynecology and oncology. 

We are the only academic medical center and Ob/Gyn residency program in our large, rural stateA Certified Nurse Midwifery Program is integrated into our practice. 

During your residency, you will provide care for patients with a wide range of significant pathologies. You will graduate from UNM prepared for a career in general obstetrics and gynecology or continuing your education within your chosen subspecialty. 

Why Choose UNM? 

During your residency, you will benefit from: 

  • One-month orientation rotation to familiarize you with the faculty and residents 
  • Extensive hands-on ultrasound training leading to eligibility for certification by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM) 
  • Fellowship opportunities in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, and reproductive health and family planning 
  • Competitive benefits   
  • Annual resident retreat at a nearby resort 
  • Protected educational time 
  • Regular Journal Club covering and offering discussion on seminal articles and the latest research. 
  • Didactics and case conferences are held weekly on each service.  

Resident Clinical Duties 

Faculty are dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Two-month Ob/Gyn rotations are overseen by board-certified faculty, including subspecialists in: 

  • Family planning 
  • Gynecologic oncology 
  • Maternal-fetal medicine 
  • Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 
  • Urogynecology  

Most training takes place at the university campus. We average 3,500 deliveries at the 500-bed University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and approximately 58,000 outpatient visits in our citywide clinics each year. 

Additional gynecologic training is obtained at nearby major medical centers, including UNM Sandoval Regional Medical CenterPresbyterian HospitalLovelace, and the VA Medical Center. 

Learning Opportunities

During the first four to six weeks of residency, interns meet weekly for educational seminars that prepare them to be effective Ob/Gyn residents in the UNM system. Monthly meetings with the program director for interns; all other classes have quarterly meetings to discuss any issues, concerns, or improvements within the department

All residents attend a weekly protected teaching block on Friday afternoons. The curriculum is built to cover all Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology learning objectives every two years. Two residents from the chief class are elected as education chiefs to assist with scheduling and advocating for residents 

The carefully planned schedule also includes a monthly morbidity and mortality conference and curriculums on: 

  • Cultural competency 
  • Quality and safety 
  • Research training 
  • Wellness 

All residents participate in research. Some partner with faculty in ongoing research while others design and implement their own.  

Each June, the department hosts the Annual Women's Health Research Symposium. At this symposium:  

  • PGY2 residents present an abstract  
  • PGY3 residents give an oral presentation 

Far-Reaching Research 

PGY4 residents may present their research at a regional or national conference. Financial support and educational leave can be provided for these opportunities. 

In recent years, residents have presented at meetings of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics/Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO/CREOG), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). 

Residents are also encouraged to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal. 

Curriculum by Residency Year

Interns receive a broad overview of all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology in the first year.  

Getting Started 

The first month is an orientation rotation, helping new residents ease into their duties and get to know the faculty and their fellow residents. During their first four to six weeks, you will also attend an intern school consisting of educational seminars to prepare you to be an effective Ob/Gyn resident in the UNM system. 

PGY1 Rotations 

The PGY1 curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks of the following rotations: 

  • Orientation month 
  • Gynecology 
  • Labor and delivery/night float 
  • Ultrasound/breast clinic 
  • Gynecologic oncology 
  • Trauma surgical intensive care unit 
  • Family planning 
  • Maternal-fetal medicine 

In the second year, residents become more confident caring for patients and assume a more active role in teaching and patient care. 

PGY2 Rotations 

PGY2 consists of six two-month blocks of the following rotations: 

  • Labor and delivery 
  • Night float 
  • Urogynecology 
  • Sandoval Regional Medical Center - operative gynecology 
  • Gynecologic oncology 
  • Maternal-fetal medicine 

Residents become team leaders and continue to assume active roles in supervising, teaching and providing clinical care in the third year of residency.  

PGY3 Rotations 

PGY3 consists of six two-month blocks of the following rotations: 

  • Labor and delivery 
  • Night float 
  • Maternal-fetal medicine/ultrasound/genetics 
  • Presbyterian Hospital: operative gynecology 
  • Lovelace Healthcare: operative obstetrics and gynecology 
  • Gynecology 
  • Elective (during second float rotation) 

Residents at the chief level function as leaders and consultants. Throughout the fourth year, they refine their supervisory and management skills. Duties include teaching medical students and other residents on their service as well as leading interdisciplinary patient care teams. 

PGY4 Rotations 

PGY4 consists of six two-month blocks of the following rotations: 

  • Urogynecology 
  • Reproductive endocrinology-infertility/complex family planning 
  • Maternal-fetal medicine 
  • Lovelace Healthcare: operative obstetrics and gynecology 
  • Gynecologic oncology 
  • Night float 

Contact the Ob/Gyn Residency Program

Questions about how to get started? Reach out to the UNM Ob/Gyn Residency Program office.

Ob/Gyn Residency Contacts

Jody Stonehocker, MD

Residency Program Director; Assistant Professor


Nick Andrews, MD, PhD

Residency Program Director; Assistant Professor

Eve Espey, MD, MPH

Professor and Chair


Dolores Castro

Medical Education Program Manager