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The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides an unprecedented experience in a collegial training setting that emphasizes a unique blend of traditional didactics and mentorship coupled with state-of-the-art learning utilizing simulation labs and interactive computer-based learning.

Our learning environment maximizes opportunities for personal achievement in a comfortable, supportive, nurturing, academically focused, and scholastically rewarding environment. House staff camaraderie and satisfaction are paramount, and you are an active partner in program innovation.

As a resident, you’ll learn systems and processes of care within the integrated Mayo system, renowned for quality medical care and national leadership as a leading-edge health care innovator.

As a trainee in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, you’ll learn to be a leader in our field, setting new standards in patient care and academic inquiry. You’ll complete the program ready to shape the innovations and advances of obstetrics and gynecology, both now and in the future.

As a resident, you’ll enjoy:

  • A rich clinical experience. There are no "private patients" at Mayo Clinic and this offers a great opportunity to care for a wide variety of local, national, and international patients with both common and rare conditions.
  • A comprehensive research curriculum coupled with financial support and protected time leading to scientific presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
  • $2,500 in tuition assistance available through the Mayo International Health Program to pursue global health electives
  • A formal curriculum in quality improvement and health care systems.
  • A cutting-edge didactic program including robust simulation and team-based learning experiences.
  • A robust gross surgical anatomy course taught by an anatomist and gynecologic surgeon.
  • A dedicated ultrasound rotation and curriculum.
  • A reasonable call schedule, with responsibility commensurate with experience. Excellent faculty supervision while still allowing reasonable autonomy.
  • Nationally and internationally known visiting faculty approximately six times per year, with time set aside for residents to interact with the invited speaker.


Mayo Clinic's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency fully meets the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program is approved to train five residents a year.

Program history

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, began over a century ago in 1919. Since that time more than 330 physicians have completed training. Our training program has always been on the leading edge of advances in our field, from the earliest scientific studies of ovarian hormone physiology in the 1920s and simultaneous pioneering work in the development of gynecologic surgery to the exquisite fetal surgical interventions of today.

Anousheh Shafa, M.D.

Meet our trainees

As a top hospital for gynecological surgery, trainees are exposed to an incredible breadth of surgeries and learn from experts in the field. Additionally, as a prior teacher, I was particularly impressed by the dedication of consultants and fellows to teaching residents. Coffee breaks to review educational topics and debrief about cases is commonplace. Home-call is another unique part of our OB/GYN program, which decreases the number of night shifts.

Anousheh Shafa, M.D.
Obstetrics and gynecology resident

Gretchen E. Glaser, M.D.

Meet the faculty

Our program offers world-class gynecologic surgical training, alongside a rich experience in both normal and high-risk obstetrics. Residents receive unparalleled support for research through mentorship, dedicated time, and funding.

Gretchen Glaser, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program director

Mayo Clinic resident checking heartbeat of teen patient

Choosing Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Group of consultant, nurse, and residents discussing case in hallway at Mayo Clinic.

Stipend and benefits