Welcome Letter: Department Chair and Program Director

Welcome to the UCSD Department of Reproductive Medicine Residency Training Program! The information on this website should provide you with a comprehensive picture of the resources, facilities, and philosophy of postgraduate education at the UC San Diego Reproductive Medicine Residency Training Program.

Our training program is a four-year fully accredited program designed to train the next generation of leaders in our specialty. It is an integrated program of UC San Diego Medical Center and Kaiser Foundation Hospital. The hallmark of our department is the quality of its patient care services and teaching - and these two functions are among the highest priorities of the faculty. The program is designed to give each resident a structured clinical and didactic experience in primary care, obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic-oncology, perinatology, reproductive endocrinology-infertility, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. The clinical experience mixes team care approaches with apprenticeship experiences. Our patient base includes all socioeconomic classes and a mix of patient funding sources including state, HMOs, managed care, and private indemnity plans. Our goals are to provide a problem-solving approach to postgraduate education and to strive to reach a good balance of clinical experience, education, and academic stimulation so that our graduates are well-rounded obstetrician-gynecologists prepared to become physician leaders in their community or academic medicine. On behalf of the faculty, we welcome your application to this program and look forward to speaking with you in person.

Charles Nager, MD
Professor and Chair

D. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, MPH

Associate Clinical Professor

Residency Program Director



The overall educational objective of our program is to train residents to have the knowledge, skills, and compassion to be outstanding obstetrician-gynecologists. We seek to prepare residents to be leaders in the field of obstetrics-gynecology and to provide excellent care to women. We have designed our program to allow residents to acquire the basic fund of knowledge of our specialty, develop superb clinical and surgical skills, have experience in all of the sub-specialty areas, and be exposed to the scientific basis of our discipline.

Residents completing the program are expected to achieve competence in:

  • Patient care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

All residents are prepared to be academic or community leaders or to pursue sub-specialty training. We achieve these educational objectives with an integrated training program, which combines the resources of the University of California (San Diego) Medical Center and Kaiser Foundation Hospital. This integration combines the strengths of a well-balanced academic and clinical experience for our residents.