Memorial University of Newfoundland - Obstetrics and Gynecology - St. John's


Program Director

Dr. Sean Murphy


Program Director

Dr. Sean Murphy

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  • Memorial has a small, responsive program with close resident and staff interaction.

  • We boast a strong research program with extensive research opportunities and support.

  • There are no postgraduate subspecialty fellows which allows maximum exposure of our residents to interesting and difficult cases.

  • There is excellent potential for community rotations in Clarenville, Moncton, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook with plenty of valuable hands on experience, and expanded responsibility commensurate with level of training.

  • We have a dedicated faculty with extensive teaching and Royal College exam preparation experience.

  • We are very proud of our expanding minimally invasive gynecology and simulation programs.

  • This residency program is for 5 years.

  • Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

  • As with Obstetrics and Gynecology Programs nation-wide, the training program for all candidates has shifted to a Competence By Design model. While Trainees progress through the Four Stages of Training, the Residency Training Committee has opted to continued with a rotation-based curriculum in order to ensure immersion into the various areas of training. Trainees with be paired with Academic Advisors to help guide them through their CBD training.


The PGY-1 year focuses on an immersion into the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with rotations designed to establish the foundational skills in the specialty and meet the initial requirements of the Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgical Foundations Competence By Design Programs.

Rotations include the following 13 four-week rotations/blocks:

  • 3 blocks — Obstetrics/Gynecology (St. John's)

  • 2 blocks — Obstetrics/Gynecology (Clarenville)

  • 2 blocks — Internal Medicine

  • 2 blocks — General Surgery

  • 1 block — Emergency Medicine

  • 1 block — Urology

  • 1 block — Neonatal Intensive Care

  • 1 block — Selective

Four weeks of vacation are included throughout the 13 blocks.

Throughout the PGY 1 year, Friday afternoons are protected time for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Half Day.

In addition, residents are required to successfully complete the Surgical Foundations program and have protected time for lectures and simulation sessions. The Surgical Foundations CBD Program has its own Program Director and Competence Committee, separate from your home program, that determines a trainee's competence and progression through the next stages of training.


A core year in general obstetrics and gynecology, this year provides an excellent training base with a balance of clinic, case room, operating room, and emergency department exposure from an obstetrics and gynecology perspective. ICU rotations will also occur during this year.

Your first research rotation is often built into this year as well.

PGY 3 and PGY 4

Expand the breadth of subspecialty expertise including: reproductive endocrinology & infertility, maternal-fetal medicine (including ultrasound), ICU, gynecologic oncology, medical endocrinology, urogynecology, and outstanding community rotation possibilities in Fredericton, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook where residents acquire extensive operating experience.

There is also ample exposure to colposcopy in a dedicated rotation.


Includes several months of experience as chief resident to both obstetrics and gynecology. Additional experience in general obstetrics and gynecology is provided during this year, functioning at a junior consultant level.

Remaining core rotations or elective time may also be undertaken. Faculty are extremely supportive of the need for residents to study and practice for the Royal College exam at this time, resulting in excellent pass rates over the last 10 years.

Academics and Research:

Teaching is provided through 3 weekly events:

  • Friday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm is protected time for all residents, where faculty provide seminars from September to June. (During the summer, Friday afternoon sessions are resident-directed and often end with a social event).

  • Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 to 9 am are protected time for interactive Case Rounds and Grand Rounds.

  • There are also protected monthly Journal Clubs and Morbidity and Mortality Rounds.

  • Tuesday evenings from 4:30 — 6:00 pm — Surgical Foundations — Mandatory for all PGY 1 and PGY 2 residents in surgery, orthopedics and obstetrics and gynecology

Each year there is one excellent hands-on full-day porcine Laparoscopic Laboratory Session in addition to regular dry laparoscopic simulation experiences.

Memorial's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is, per capita, one of the most prolific research departments in the country!

At least two research projects must be undertaken during the postgraduate years, for which there is ample faculty support.

The Masters and diploma programs in Clinical Epidemiology are optional and well supported by the department.

Residents are expected to present twice during the program on the Annual Resident Research Day and often present research results elsewhere in the country.

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Meet Memorial's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Beginning with the 2020 CaRMS residency application cycle, the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1 will replace the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) as the prerequisite for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) applying for postgraduate medical education in Canada. Please visit Medical Council of Canada website for additional information.

Thank you for your interest in training with us in obstetrics and gynecology! The Memorial University of Newfoundland program is dynamic and unique due to its small size, with close interaction and good rapport between residents and faculty. The program is geared towards producing an excellent generalist in obstetrics and gynecology, although recent years have seen a number of graduates enter competitive subspecialties across North America. Our size allows flexibility to meet resident needs and special interests, which is a high priority for us.

If you have any further questions about our program or what we have to offer, after reading our program profile, please contact our office. Faculty or residents from the program would be pleased to tell you more about what we are like and what we have to offer. A word of warning to candidates from outside of Newfoundland: residents who come from away often get to the end of their training and are too attached to leave "the Rock"!