department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Residency Training Program

Photo of Dr. ConwayElly M-J. Xenakis, M.D., Professor,
Director of Residency Program

Photo of Dr. ConwaySarah Page-Ramsey, M.D., Associate Professor, Associate Program Director

no imageJackie Barrera
Academic Programs Coordinator

no imageMelissa Acuna,
Administrative Assistant


Please address requests for further information to:

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
Mail Code 7836
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
ATTN: Jackie Barrera
Telephone: (210) 567-4953
Electronic mail:

General Information

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio offers a fully accredited four-year training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology that fulfills the requirements of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for specialty certification. This program is conducted primarily at University Health System facilities-University Hospital and University Health Center Downtown/Robert B. Green Campus, with additional gynecology rotations at Harlingen Medical Center. Our faculty includes members certified in the subspecialties of Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Clinical Genetics, Urogynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.


The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio is part of the University of Texas System, and offers more than 50 health-related degree specialties and several pre- and post-baccalaureate certificate programs. The interdisciplinary aspect of research and patient care is regarded as one of the University's greatest strengths.

University Hospital
University Hospital

The University Hospital System provides the primary teaching facilities. The University Hospital is a fully accredited, 1000 bed hospital and it is one of the top 100 U.S. hospitals listed in U.S. News and World Report. The University Health Center-Robert B. Green Campus, the outpatient clinic facility, is located eight miles from the hospital. Patients are cared for directly by residents under faculty supervision.


The Training Program


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for 24 residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology - six at each training level. Our educational objectives are based on the Council for Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) educational objectives, and are evaluated annually with the goal of continuous improvement of the residency training program. Our residents have consistently been winners of the Gold Humanism Award for teaching.


Weekly didactic sessions are offered to residents, and faculty coverage is provided to permit attendance. This includes lectures, interactive sessions, journal clubs, simulations, and resident-led learning sessions. The curriculum is designed to cover the CREOG Educational Objectives over a 2-year period.


Conferences are held regularly to enhance learning and patient care:

  • Antepartum conference
  • Cesarean conference
  • Gynecology conference
  • Quality improvement/patient safety conference
  • Root cause analysis
  • Tumor board
  • Perinatal conference (monthly)
  • Multi-disciplinary morbidly adherent placenta conference


In addition to the institutional wellness curriculum, our program offers a resident-led wellness program. Sessions are integrated throughout the didactic curriculum, and include a variety of activities, such as yoga, mindfulness, painting, exercise, and games. Residents attend an off-site resident retreat annually while faculty cover the patient care.


All residents are required to complete a research project, which can include a quality improvement project. Numerous basic science, clinical, educational, and multi-disciplinary faculty and resources are available to fulfill resident research endeavors. Residents present project proposals in the PGY-2 year and completed projects at the conclusion of the PGY-3 year.


Residents and faculty are encouraged and supported to become involved in a variety of local, regional, and national efforts. This may include committee and legislative advocacy, research, education, or other endeavors.