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Obstetrics Gynecology Residency Program At-A-Glance

The mission of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate is to provide outstanding postgraduate education in an academic setting that is supportive and friendly. The care that we train our residents to provide plays an essential role in the health and quality of life of the individuals in the diverse communities which we serve. We have a strong commitment to training our residents to be well-rounded and effective leaders, knowledgeable clinicians, skilled surgeons and excellent teachers. Our intent is to help every resident in our program reach their personal goals, whether it be as a generalist in the field in an academic or community setting, in research, or in a subspecialty fellowship program.

Meet Our Team

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Heather Z. Sankey, MD
Ronald T. Burkman Endowed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr Jacqueline Kates

Jacqueline Kates, MD
Residency Program Director

Dr. Carolyn Delk

Carolyn Delk, DO
Associate Residency Program Director

Dr Kimberly Marakovits

Kim Marakovits, DO
Associate Residency Program Director

By the Numbers

Program and Department Metrics

  • Number of residents per class: 6 | Total number of Residents: 24
  • Male/female ratio: 3:21; Partnered/engaged: 42%, Single: 58%
  • Percent of Grads entering Fellowship training over past 5 years: 35%
  • Number of Faculty: 32 plus 17 community physicians
  • Sub-Specialists: MFM (5); REI (2); GYN Oncology (3); Urogynecology (4); Adolescent & Pediatric Gynecology (2); Complex Family Planning (2).

Baystate Metrics

  • Tertiary care referral center: 4,200 deliveries per year | Number of LDRP rooms: 38
  • Level 1 trauma center: 716 hospital beds
  • Level 3 NICU: 57 bassinets
  • Residency Programs: 10 | Fellowship Programs: 22
  • 72,000 square foot E.D.
  • Large multidisciplinary simulation lab for advanced laparoscopy and other hands-on skills
  • Fully-integrated electronic medical record hospital wide

Curriculum Summary

  • PG1: Fundamentals (4 weeks), PDC/Genetics (4 weeks), Primary & Preventive Care (4 weeks), L&D (8 weeks), Night Float (8 weeks), Gyn (8 weeks), Gyn Oncology (4 weeks), Gyn Consult (4 weeks), ED/WETU (4 weeks)
  • PG2: Reproductive Health (4 weeks), MFM (4 weeks), Gyn (8 weeks), L&D (8 weeks), Night Float (8 weeks), REI/PAG (4 weeks), Gyn Oncology (4 weeks), Urogynecology (4 weeks), Critical Care & Critical Thinking (4 weeks)
  • PG3: MFM (4 weeks), REI (4 weeks), L&D (8 weeks), Gyn (8 weeks), Night Float (8 weeks), Elective (8 weeks), Gyn Oncology (4 weeks), Reproductive Health (4 weeks)
  • PG4: Urogynecology (8 weeks), Gynecology (8 weeks), Gyn Oncology (8 weeks), L&D (8 weeks), Night Float (8 weeks), Admin Chief/Quality (8 weeks)
  • Residents have 2 elective blocks during the third year.  One is done at our home institution while the other can be an away elective with pre-approval from the Program Director a nd DIO.  Options include (but are not limited to): international work, fellowship "auditions", rural medicine, etc.  You can work with your advisor to create this block to help you meet your own career goals.
  • Weekly didactic schedule (protected time) from 1pm to 5 pm every Wednesday
  • Monthly Simulation Training: Team Training, in-situ OB Team Simulations, Communications Simulations with Standardized Patients, and Surgical Skills training.
  • Weekly Conferences: Thursday am on Gynecology, Friday am on Labor and Delivery, Thursday am Grand Rounds, Thursday noon (varies)
  • Our residents have received FLS certification since 2011!  FLS testing site on campus.

Resident Life

Benefits & Facilities

  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salaries and benefits.
  • Call room for each resident year; resident library on L&D, large library on campus
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, meal subsidy, free on campus parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Life Insurance
  • Annual resident and class retreats