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Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

It is with great pride and pleasure that I invite you to consider specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology here at UCI. 

As an alumna of the program, I can attest firsthand to the very high-quality training our residents receive and the strong, team-oriented culture that supports them. 

Our program offers comprehensive training in all areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We work closely with our four fellowship programs to provide exceptional opportunities to explore and gain competence in all areas of our specialty:

Our graduates have consistently divided approximately in half in choosing to pursue a fellowship or enter general practice, and are exceptionally well prepared to do either. 

Our educational culture is grounded in core beliefs in the critical importance of graduated autonomy and problem-based learning, allowing trainees to safely stretch their comfort zones and develop tools that will allow them to identify and attack any type of problem in their future careers. 

We pride ourselves on excellence in patient care and education, and members of our department at every level are motivated to support each other in these goals. Through close mentorship with faculty and the program’s responsiveness to resident feedback, residents are engaged in optimizing their own educational experience. 

Our affiliated sites, which include high-volume Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Planned Parenthood, are thoughtfully selected to augment the tertiary care patient population and academic opportunities available here at UC Irvine. Faculty from these sites are active members of our academic community. 

Our locations in north Orange County and Long Beach provide natural diversity in our patient populations and extensive opportunity to work with underserved and vulnerable patient populations. 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Reggie, our program coordinator.

uc irvine obgyn hospitalist laura fitzmaurice

Laura E. Fitzmaurice
Associate Clinical Professor
Residency Program Director
Division of OB/GYN Hospitalists
Phone: 714-456-8224 

Reggie Melendez
Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 714-456-8224
Fax: 714-456-8360 

Application Procedures »
  • The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a fully ACGME accredited training program in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • There are seven house officers in each year of the four years of clinical training.
  • We anticipate that each of the house officers who originally match to our program will complete the program, however, the progression from year to year is dependent upon satisfactory evidence of academic and professional achievement.
  • Each house officer must complete a total of four years of training to be eligible for examinations leading to certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Our department participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for seven PGY-I positions.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically through ERAS. The electronic application includes an application form, medical school transcript, Dean's letter, personal statement and letters of recommendation. We require at least three letters of recommendation (two should be from OB/GYN faculty members). USMLE scores should also be submitted electronically through ERAS.
    • We support the use of a Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) format, and encourage students to submit a SLOE as one of their letters of recommendation.
    • We request that all applicants take the Altus Suite of assessments – please see below for more information.
  • Applications from foreign medical graduates must be accompanied by an "Applicant Evaluation Status Letter" from the Medical Board of California approving your eligibility for training and documentation of visa status. Foreign applicants must have a J-1 Visa Type.
  • In accordance with APGO/CREOG recommendations:
    • Our application submission deadline is October 1, 2022.
    • Initial Interview offers will go out on October 24, 2022.
    • Our number of interview invitations are limited to the number of interview slots available.
    • Applicants who receive an invitation for an interview will have 48 hours to respond. Slots are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Release final status to applicants (interview, reject, waitlist) no later than December 2, 2022.
    • All Interviews will be conducted virtually.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, in previous years, only about one in five applicants has been offered an interview. 

Once selected for an interview, we will do our best to accommodate requests for interview dates. We accommodate requests on a first-come, first-served basis

Altus Suite - assessments of non-cognitive skills for selection

The UCI Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program is devoted to the pursuit of diversity, equity, and an inclusive learning environment, including a holistic, fair, and objective application review process.

In pursuit of this goal, we are requesting that all applicants complete an online suite of assessments (Altus Suite), to assist with our selection process for the 2022/23 application cycle.  Thanks to advocacy and support from APGO/CREOG and Altus, these assessments are available at no financial cost to OB/GYN residency program applicants this cycle.

Altus Suite is a standardized, three-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and priorities that we believe are important for successful residents of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

Altus Suite consists of:

  • Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test
  • Snapshot: 10-minute one-way video interview with standardized questions
  • Duet: 15-minute value-alignment assessment

You will register for Altus Suite for CSP-20101 - U.S. Graduate Medical Education

Access to learn more about the three-part assessment, important dates and requirements, and to create your account.

Applicant Interview Dates »

We will interview for seven PGY-1 positions to start the 2023-2024 academic year.

 The interview dates are as follows (all Fridays):

  • November 4, 2022
  • November 18, 2022
  • December 9, 2022
  • December 16, 2022
  • January 6, 2023
Interview Day Schedule »

All interviews will be conducted virtually on the Thalamus platform

On his/her interview date, each applicant will sign up for either a morning (AM) or an afternoon (PM) session.  All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).


For all applicants (AM and PM), the following are OPTIONAL:

  • Approximately 7-9 p.m. on Thursday evening prior to the interview date, there will be an informal meet-and-greet with the residents via Zoom
  • 7:30 – 9 AM - resident case presentations and Departmental Grand Rounds

For applicants interviewing in the AM session:

  • 9-10 AM – Introductions, Program Overview
  • 10 AM – 12:30 PM – Individual interviews
  • 12:30 – 1 PM – Wrap-up and questions

For applicants interviewing in the PM session:

  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM PST – Introductions, Program Overview
  • 2:30 – 5 PM PST – Individual interviews
  • 5 – 5:30 PM PST – Wrap-up and questions

Each applicant will be interviewed by two faculty members (25 minutes each), three residents (13 minutes each) and the Program Director (13 minutes).  Each applicant will also have two fifteen-minute breaks.  

A virtual tour, as well as UCI GME and UCI OB/GYN Residency Program overview videos, will be made available via Thalamus and can be viewed any time prior to, on breaks during, and/or after the interview date.

Characteristics of Recently Matched Applicants »

Our recruitment and selection process starts with holistic application review, and is designed to help us match applicants who will become thriving members of our UC Irvine OB/GYN Residency Program family. Our residents each bring their unique backgrounds and interests to bear in pursuing our department’s mission of “Discover, Teach, Heal, Serve” with passion and perseverance.

Applications are considered as a body of work, with focus on depth and quality, rather than quantity, of projects and on clinical performance and evaluations. There is no minimum USMLE score required to apply, and recently matched applicants have scored in a very wide range.

While it is certainly not required, we love for applicants considering our program to visit us for an elective rotation, which we offer via VSAS in maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, family planning, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and outpatient OB/GYN (“GYN Walk-in”). 

In each of the past four years, two or four of our seven residents (including those from UC Irvine School of Medicine) have done sub-internships with us prior to matching here.

Current Residents »

2020-2021 OB-GYN Residency

Class of 2022

Alice Brown, MD – University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Alyssa Bujnak, MD – University of Missouri

Marie-Claire Leaf, MD – University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Ariana Melendez, MD – University of Illinois College of Medicine

Jamie Miller, MD – University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Griselda Reyes, MD – University of California, San Francisco

Luke Schmidt, MD, – Drexel University College of Medicine

Class of 2023

Lindsay Burton, MD, MPH – Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Emily Du, MD - Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Melissa López, MD, MPP - UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program

Devesh Naidoo, MD - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Desire Nguyen, MD - University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Priya Patel, MD - University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Lauren Witchey - University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Class of 2024

Melissa Chambers, MD – St. Louis University School of Medicine

Danielle Greenberg, MD - David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Helena Hong, MD – Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Ann Nguyen Pham, MD – St. Louis University School of Medicine

Toni Okuyemi, MD – University of Minnesota Medical School

Patrick Penalosa, MD – University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Joris Ramstein, MD – University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Class of 2025

Eloho Akpovi, MD - The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Elizabeth Crawford, MD - University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Isabel del Canto, MD - David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Michelle Didero, MD - David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Alyssa Gonzalez, MD - The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Kristen Hardy, MD – West Virginia University School of Medicine - Charleston

Justine Maher, MD - University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Resident Rotation Schedule »

First Year

The first year of training is exclusively at UC Irvine Medical Center. It includes the following rotations, dividing the year into 14 blocks of approximately three and a half weeks each:

  • Labor and Delivery Days — 2 blocks
  • Labor and Delivery Nights — 2 blocks
  • FHC-SA (primarily OB/GYN ambulatory urgent care) — 2 blocks
  • GynOnc — 2 blocks
  • Gynecology (inpatient and ED) — 2 blocks
  • Ambulatory (primarily specialty outpatient clinics) — 2 blocks
  • REI — 1 block, first half of the year
  • GYN Night Float — 1 block, second half of the year

Second Year

Eight blocks of the second year of training is spent at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, with the remaining six blocks at UC Irvine Medical Center.

  • Long Beach Labor and Delivery days — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Labor and Delivery nights — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Women’s Perinatal Group (MFM) — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Gyn Onc — 2 blocks
  • FPMRS (Urogyn) — 2 blocks
  • UCI Antepartum/MFM — 2 blocks
  • GYN Night Float — 1 block, first half of the year
  • Family Planning — 1 block, second half of the year

Third Year

The third year adds in the high-volume GYN surgery experience of a Kaiser Permanente rotation and includes a call-free elective block that can be used to achieve any educational goal desired by the resident:

  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County GYN — 2 blocks
  • UCI Labor and Delivery Nights — 2 blocks
  • UCI Gyn Onc — 2 blocks
  • Long Beach Gynecology (inpatient, outpatient + ED — 2 blocks
  • FHC-SA Clinic Chief — 2 blocks
  • REI/GYN Float (emergency fatigue/sick coverage and OR float) — 2 blocks
  • Family Planning — 1 block, first half of the year
  • Elective — 1 block, second half of the year

Fourth Year

The fourth year of training gives the chief resident a large amount of decision-making responsibilities. The fourth-year resident runs all of the different services at UC Irvine Medical Center and the resident services at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, including outpatient clinics and inpatient obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic oncology.  

They also spend two months at Kaiser Anaheim, which is a Gyn rotation with an excellent volume of minimally invasive procedures.

  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County GYN — 2 blocks
  • UCI Labor and Delivery chief — 2 blocks
  • UCI Gyn Onc chief — 2 blocks
  • UCI Gynecology chief — 2 blocks
  • LB OB chief — 2 blocks
  • LB GYN chief — 2 months
  • Jeopardy (provides interview, conference, vacation coverage) — 2 months

All residents have their own continuity clinics at our affiliated FQHC clinic in Santa Ana.

Weekend L&D and ED call at UCI and LB are shared amongst the more junior classes, with the 4th year residents providing back-up call from home. 

Residents rotating at Kaiser take in-house OB call at Kaiser while on those rotations.

Residency Didactics »

Each class has four hours of protected teaching time or administrative time on Fridays. 

The curriculum encompasses a wide range of domains, including medical knowledge, technical skills labs, simulations, research, quality improvement, interpersonal communication skills, wellness, teaching and professionalism.  

Residency Program Work Hours »

The UCI OB/GYN Residency Program is committed to maintaining compliance with the ACGME Program requirements, including clinical experience and education hour restrictions. These requirements include:

  • Residents must not work more than 80 hours per week, averaged over four weeks or one block, whichever is shorter
  • Residents must have at least one continuous 24 hour period free of clinical responsibilities each week, averaged over four weeks or one block, whichever is shorter
  • Residents may not work more than 24 consecutive hours in-house, exclusive of post-call handoffs
  • Residents should have at least eight hours off between in-house shifts (or 14 hours after a 24-hour call)
Program Graduates — Where Did They Go from Here? »

2021 Program Graduates

Class of 2021

  • Carly Crowder, MD – FPMRS Fellowship, UCI
  • Marielle Meurice, MD – Family Planning Fellowship, UCSD
  • Bianca Rivas, MD – Private Practice, Torrance, CA
  • Dana Senderoff, MD – Memorial Care, Long Beach, CA
  • Joyce Sutedja, MD – Academic Practice, LA County Dept of Health Services / UCLA
  • Paul Wadensweiler, MD – FPMRS Fellowship, Dartmouth, NH
  • Blake Zwerling, MD – Family Planning Fellowship, Johns Hopkins

Class of 2020

  • Bradley Bosse, MD — MFM Fellowship, University of Wisconsin
  • Nisha Garg, MD — MIGS Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • Cariza Mercurio, MD — Private Practice, Whittier, CA
  • Rachel Newman, MD, MBA — MFM Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Melissa Perez, MD, MPH — Kaiser Permanente, San Leandro, CA
  • Marisa Liu, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UCI
  • Virginia Tancioco, MD, MBA — Family Planning Fellowship, Boston University

Class of 2019

  • Adam Crosland, MD – MFM Fellowship, UCI
  • Megan Oakes, MD – MFM Fellowship, Washington University St. Louis
  • Lauren Yu, MD – OB Hospitalist Fellowship, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
  • Katherine Coakley, MD – Academic practice, UCI; Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship - UCSD
  • Catherine Gordon, MD – REI Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Nina Hooshvar, MD – Private Practice, Whittier, CA
  • Tasha Serna-Gallegos, MD – FPMRS Fellowship, University of New Mexico

Class of 2018

  • Briana Livingston, MD – Memorial Care Medical Group, Long Beach, CA
  • Sarah Paraghamian, MD – Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, University of N. Carolina
  • Rebecca Simon-Freeman, MD -  MFM Fellowship, University of Washington
  • Brandon Sawyer, MD - Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, University of Colorado
  • Kiran Clair, MD - Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UCI
  • Shelly Dutt, MD – Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA
  • Deborah Karm, MD - Memorial Care Medical Group, Long Beach, CA

Class of 2017

  • Jadadi Bignami, MD — Private Practice, Orange, CA
  • Jennifer Duffy, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Christopher LaFargue, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson, TX
  • Melinda Marshall, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, CA
  • Jamie Patterson, MD — Academic Practice, UC Irvine, Breast Surgery Fellowship, USC
  • Marcie Rome, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO
  • Jonathan Steller, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, University of Colorado

Class of 2016

  • Elizabeth Bonagura, MD — Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship, University of Louisville
  • Revana Lukman, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii
  • Jennifer, Neeper, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA
  • Jessica Sisto, MD — MIGS Fellowship, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
  • Elizabeth West, MD — Private Practice, Long Beach, CA
  • Melissa Westermann, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Juliet Wolford, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UC Irvine

Class of 2015

  • James Cripe, MD — MIGS Fellowship,  Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA
  • Melissa Hodeib, DO — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UCLA
  • Robert Johnston, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Beverly Long, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, MN
  • Sarah Lovell, MD — OB/GYN Hospitailst Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Allison Serra, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, Magee Women’s/Univ of Pittsburgh

Class of 2014

  • Taylor Brueseke, MD — Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Cindy Chau, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Kristina Eaton, MD — Private Practice, Alaska
  • Teresa Codini Longoria, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Kerry Price, MD — Private Practice, Saddleback, CA
  • Erica Wu, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine/Genetics Combined Fellowship,UC Irvine

Class of 2013

  • Nora Bassiouni, MD — MIGS Fellowship, University of Arizona
  • Justin Diedrich, MD — Family Planning Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Cristina Gioioso, MD — Private Practice, Orange County, CA
  • Freya Elena Marshall, MD — Private Practice, Torrance, CA
  • Natalie Moniaga, MD — Private Practice, Pasadena, CA
  • Jeanna Park, MD — Global Health Fellowship, University of Chicago

Class of 2012 

  • Carol Chiu, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR 
  • Allyson Pace Davis, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA
  • Steven Samawi, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Salem, OR
  • Laura Sech, MD — Family Planning Fellowship, USC
  • Megan Stephenson, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship UC Irvine
  • Morgan Swank, MD — Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, UC Irvine

Class of 2011 

  • Amanda Gorman, MD — Private Practice, Rochester, NY
  • Brooke Hargrove, MD — Private Practice, Newport Beach, CA 
  • Leslie Hsu, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA 
  • Sara Kaplan Irwin, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR
  • Heidi Kraus, MD — Private Practice, Newport Beach, CA
  • Raquel Pelayo, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA

Class of 2010

  • Marli Amin, MD — REI Fellowship, UCLA
  • Lisa Blair, MD — Private Practice, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Rosanne Bravo, MD — Private Practice, Fresno, CA
  • Laura Fitzmaurice, MD — Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA
  • Sara Meltzer Jordan, MD — Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Jennifer Salcedo, MD — Family Planning Fellowship, UCLA