Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency

About the Program

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program is a four-year, fully accredited training program in general obstetrics and gynecology, primary care, family planning, urogynecology, maternal fetal medicine, gynecological oncology/reproductive endocrinology, and infertility.


The residency program offers three positions each year. During the four years of training, residents develop excellent clinical skills and master the core competencies to ultimately transition from assisting in the care of patients to assuming total responsibility for the care of the patient.


Our core objective is to provide an environment for excellence so residents become physicians who will make viable and extensive contributions in medicine, education, and research. We ensure quality education in obstetrics and gynecology, concentrating on subspecialties in gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, maternal fetal medicine, and urogynecology.


Residents discover our faculty members are passionate about providing them extensive training and exposure to a broad spectrum of patient approaches that is both compassionate and innovative. By instilling an attitude of scholarship, independence, and self-learning as a life-long process, residents emerge as quality obstetricians and gynecologists who are innovative thinkers, compassionate healers, and ethical professionals.


At the completion of training, residents are primed for the pursuit of subspecialty fellowships, clinical practices, management, research, and academia in medicine.

Eligibility & Requirements

Interviews are required, and are by invitation only from the Residency Selection Committee. Interviews will not be offered until receipt of all of the above forms. Interviews are in the mornings and include a tour and meeting with the program director. A luncheon with current residents is scheduled in which you can freely and privately discuss the residency program and ask questions.


  • Applicant must be a graduate of an LCME-approved medical school.
  • Medical school graduation date must be within the last five (5) years of the beginning date of the PGY year (July 1st) or worked in research in the meantime.
  • Applicant must have passed USMLE Step 1, 2 CS and CK exam. (Step 3 is a plus, but not required.)
  • Applicant must be either a United States citizen or Permanent Resident (“Green Card”) status. We do not sponsor visas or authorize work permits.

To apply, submit:

  • ERAS application
  • Dean’s letter and three additional letters of recommendation
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores, dates and number of attempts at each exam
  • International Medical Graduates must also submit a valid ECFMG certificate and proof of permanent residency status (i.e. a copy of your Green Card)

Contact Obstetrics & Gynecology

Meharry Medical College
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr. Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37208

Demeka Fritts

Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 615.327.5547
Fax: 615.327.6296

Rotation Curriculum

Resident supervision is available at all times by attending physicians who are on site 24 hours a day. Resident responsibilities are outlined in the resident protocols. These include, but are not limited to: ward work and teaching rounds, continuity clinic, labor and delivery, the OB/GYN emergency room, and the operating room. Night duty is as assigned by the Chief Administrative Resident.


PGY 1 Residents

Program residents have an introduction to Obstetrics and Gynecology with exposure to Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine and research. Primary Care is an integral component to the program.


PGY 2 Residents

Program residents have continued training in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, and Research.


PGY 3 Residents

Program residents obtain more experience with the management of complex cases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Endocrine & Infertility, and Urogynecology. Third year residents are expected to supervise junior residents and medical students. PGY3 residents will rotate in Detroit Michigan as well as Memphis Tennessee injunction with the other rotations here in Middle Tennessee.


PGY 4 Residents

Program residents in their fourth year of training, Chief Residents, are expected to perform at an advanced level in the areas of General Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Gynecologic Oncology and Urogynecology. Designated Chief Residents will also undertake administrative and supervisory responsibilities. PGY4 residents will rotate in Detroit Michigan as well as Memphis Tennessee injunction with the other rotations here in Middle Tennessee.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Residents

PGY1 Residents

Kristen Beierwaltes, MD

Ava Moorhead, DO

Abiola Ogunbiyi, MD

PGY2 Residents

Ki’ara Branham

Lynda Nthiga

Roodie Smith

PGY3 Residents

Negin Azadi

LaWonda Canzater

Onyekachi Ezeibe

PGY4 Residents

Krysten Costley (chief resident)

Andrea Lozano

Ekemini Orok