Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Location: IWK Health Centre
5980 University Avenue
P.O. Box 9700
Halifax, NS
B3K 6R8
Telephone: (902) 494-2455
Fax: (902) 425-1125
Website: obstetrics.medicine.dal.ca/

The objectives of the Department are to make available a basic core of knowledge in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and, at the same time, provide sufficient opportunity for self-education. 

MED III Clerkship

Third year medical students spend six weeks in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  Students may choose to do their rotation in Halifax, Kentville, and Truro. DMNB students may rotate through Saint John, Moncton (LIC), Fredericton, Miramichi (LIC) and Upper River Valley (LIC). The rotation provides a broad view of reproductive health as it pertains to women, covering the full spectrum from birth to climacteric. Students are provided with opportunity for good clinical exposure at all sites.


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology offers electives in General Obstetrics and Gynaecology (either at the IWK or in community sites), Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynaecologic Oncology, Urogynaecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology. Students and Residents outline their learning objectives and appropriate preceptors are assigned.

Postgraduate Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Training required to be a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology involves five years of post-MD specialty training, which includes a multidisciplinary PGYI year. Rotations include Introductory Boot Camp, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Academic Skills Course, Palliative Care, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Surgical Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, and elective rotations. During the PGYI year trainees may receive part of their education at the IWK Health Centre and the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick.

The remaining four years, PGYII through PGYV, involves two years of core Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a year and a half of sub-specialty and electives, and six months as senior resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Hospitals participating are the IWK Health Centre and the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick.

A formal academic program includes, Grand Rounds and Obstetrics and Gynaecology Rounds, Journal Clubs, and weekly resident education seminars covering all areas of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Post graduate training is offered in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology and Urogynaecology.