UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has launched a new Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Residency Program with approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This four-year program has been granted initial accreditation status for 16 residents in total (four per year). The first four residents will begin on July 1, 2023.

“Our new OB/GYN residency training program will have a tremendous positive effect on the Mohawk Valley region,” said OB/GYN Residency Program director Mark Martens, MD, FACOG, DipABLM. “This academic program, along with our well-rounded OB/GYN team, ensures that we will continue to deliver babies with the highest level of care and commitment in our area.”

An OB/GYN residency program for this area will bring board-certified specialty expertise for high risk pregnancy, infertility, cancer in women and urogynecology to our region, which formerly had limited local access.

“It is truly remarkable that within the last two years, our organization has added five new residency programs: psychiatry, general surgery, podiatry, OB/GYN and a transitional year program,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, MVHS president and CEO. “These programs build upon the foundation of the established Family Medicine and Dental residency programs at MVHS and expand our footprint as a hub for medical teaching and research.”

In addition, the number of physicians already specializing in women’s health (of which there are now eight) will double within four years, providing greater access for the women and families of the region, and preventing the need to drive long distances for timely and much needed care.

To learn more about medical education at MVHS, visit www.mvhealthsystem.org/medical-education.


Photo Caption: Mary Bapana, MD; Heidi Dooley, RN; Shelly Hong, CM; Malissa Rafferty, RN; Jasmina Topic, RN; Suna Soguktas, MD; Renee Bonafield, RN, BSN, IBCLC; Muzeyyen Ercanli, MD; Keira Aulisi, RN; Renee Minasov, FNP; Jeannette Green, MD; Dumisa Adams, MD; Rachel Olsby-Bilger, RN; Priscilla Merli, MD; and Mark Martens, MD.