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Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

We are delighted to learn of your interest in a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and specifically of your interest in our program at New York Methodist Hospital.

No medical discipline has undergone more rapid expansion and evolution in the past quarter century than obstetrics and gynecology. We have developed a much deeper understanding of the subspecialties of maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology, gynecologic oncology and urogynecology. At the same time, obstetricians-gynecologists have accepted a broader role as the primary care providers for most women from puberty through old age. We are patient-educators, counselors and health care advocates, while still providing continuous preventive and therapeutic care.

To educate young doctors in this expanded role, residency programs must incorporate more experience in ambulatory medicine, with an emphasis on continuity of care. At the same time, training programs must simultaneously continue to educate their residents in all aspects of general obstetrics and gynecology and all of its specialties.

At New York Methodist Hospital, we understand this need to offer a balanced approach to residency education. Our program is a Priority Designated Program in Primary Care as determined by the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education.

After a 2008 site review by the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, our residency program was granted a full five-year accreditation with commendation.

We earned that designation by placing special emphasis on the continuity of care that our residents provide to their own panel of patients throughout their four years of residency. At the same time, our very busy obstetrical and gynecological services allow our residents to gain a strong foundation in management of patients on the labor floor and in the operating room. Our residents are equally well trained in all four of the subspecialties supervised by our fellowship-trained and board certified sub-specialists.

Our educational goals are achieved through a program of progressive clinical responsibility and a comprehensive didactic curriculum. Throughout their training, our academically oriented, full-time staff along with a large number of dedicated and educationally committed voluntary attending staff supervises our residents. We guide each of our residents to become a capable, sensitive and caring physician, fully grounded in general and subspecialty obstetrics and gynecology. We believe that our graduates are fully prepared obstetrician gynecologists who will serve as primary care physicians for women while remaining competitive for fellowships, should they elect to continue their training.

In the past five years our graduating residents have been accepted to various fellowships including Gynecologic Oncology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Indiana University, Advanced Laparoscopy at Stanford University and Family Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

But what sets our program apart from most others is its atmosphere. Learning and growth in the stressful and tiring world of an Ob/Gyn residency requires an environment that is supportive and cooperative. Each resident must see him or herself as a member of a cohesive team with mutual goals and priorities. I believe that our program is the product of a tightly knit family. Our full-time and voluntary faculty members understand the importance of residency education and actively participate in both its didactic and clinical aspects. Our residents support and encourage one another and are invested in each other's success.

Please contact us if you have questions about our program. We would like to invite you to visit our facilities and meet with our faculty and residents. You will find that ours is a close-knit program enhanced by the special features of camaraderie and compassion.

We congratulate you on your choice of obstetrics and gynecology and hope you will give New York Methodist Hospital serious consideration as the site for your residency training.

Sanford M. Lederman, M.D.
Chairman and Program Director
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sanford M. Lederman, M.D.Sanford M. Lederman, M.D. is Chairman and Program Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Lederman did his residency at Long Island College Hospital and then completed a 2-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of California Irvine. He has practiced Ob/Gyn in the borough of Brooklyn for 30 years. He has been Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Vice Chairman, Acting Chairman and Program Director at LICH before becoming Chairman and Program Director at New York Methodist Hospital. His expertise in high-risk pregnancy, amniocentesis and ultrasound has rewarded him with listing in New York Magazine Best Doctors. He has lectured nationwide in topics related to high-risk pregnancy. He is a member of the Brooklyn Gyn Society, AMA and a Fellow of the American College of Ob/Gyn. Dr. Lederman is dedicated to residency education and training. Many of his residents have been placed in Fellowships throughout the country.

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