Our Goal: Fellowship Ready on Day 1

The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) is concerned about the difficulty residents face in transitioning from residency to fellowship and other post-residency training programs. With roughly 35% of ob-gyn residents pursuing additional training after graduation, the tight turnaround from the end of residency (June 30) and the proximity of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Qualifying Board Exam (last Monday in June) to the start of fellowship July 1 has potential for a negative impact on resident well-being, as well as on fellowship education and patient care.

CREOG has engaged the resident and fellowship communities regarding this issue, and recommends delaying the start of fellowship programs and staggering fellowship interviews


Easing the Transition: Our Recommendations

1. Delay Fellowship Start Dates

Fellowship programs to start no earlier than August 1.

  • Move is consistent with other specialties to address wellness and readiness (surgery and orthopedics fellowships currently start August 1 and pediatrics start July 7 or after)

2. Stagger Interviewing

Recommended Subspecialty Interview Schedule

Interview Dates Subspecialty

June 3–12


June 17–26


June 24–July 3


July 1–10


July 5–August 21


July 15–24


July 22–31


July 29–August 7


August 5–14


August 12–21


August 15–28


August 19–28


September 2–12



Ob-Gyn Fellowship Start Date Frequently Asked Questions

Delaying the start of fellowship programs to no earlier than August 1 would facilitate the following:

  • Allow residents to fully complete their final year of residency training without having to manipulate schedules or use vacation or paid leave to personally manage the transition
  • Provide residents with time to relocate and accommodate new institution/fellowship orientation
  • Avoid overlap of the 4th of July holiday
  • Afford residents time to prepare for the ABOG Qualifying Board Examination without pressure of immediately starting fellowship training
  • Separate the start dates of new residents and new fellows providing a more stable clinical learning environment for all learners and for patients
  • Allow incoming fellows time to rest and reflect on both their residency and their next stage of training prior to fully engaging in their new role
  • Lessen the impact of a stressful move and transition for families of residents

Feedback from residents and fellows regarding this change has been overwhelmingly positive. Concerns regarding the loss of salary, visa limitations, and health insurance coverage have been raised. These frequently asked questions address those concerns and others to assist programs and fellows with the recommendation of a delayed fellowship start date.

Read the frequently asked questions below, or download as a PDF.