Structured Training for Rural Enhancement of Community Health in Obstetrics (STRETCH-OB)

STRETCH-OB is a track within our Family Medicine Residency Program for residents who are committed to providing obstetrics in a rural or underserved community. This is a HRSA-funded program and a collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of OB/GYN at SwedishAmerican Hospital – A Division of UW Health and Crusader Community Clinic, as well as our rural partners. The purpose of the program is to reduce poor maternal and birth outcomes in rural and underserved areas by increasing the number of family medicine physicians with high-quality, evidence-based obstetrical skills who practice in these areas.

Residents participating in this track will complete all of the requirements for board certification in family medicine as well as additional obstetrics and gynecology rotations (and call) to enhance their obstetrical skills. Upon completion of their three-year residency program, STRETCH-OB residents will have achieved experience in higher risk obstetrics and surgical obstetrics; completing a minimum of 50 C-sections as first assist and 20 C-sections as primary surgeon.

STRETCH-OB Curriculum


  • Medical school graduation within two years of start date or recent clinical activity in the practice of medicine
  • US clinical experience other than research for foreign medical graduates
  • No failures on USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS)
  • Competitive applicant with demonstrated interest in practicing family medicine
  • Strong interest in obstetrics with an interest and aptitude for surgical obstetrics
  • Intent to practice in a rural or underserved community upon completion of residency training

These criteria are simply the requirements needed for your application to be reviewed; they do not guarantee an interview. Interviews will be granted upon further review of the application and all of its contents.

Application Process

To apply to the STRETCH-OB program, first complete the application through AAMC ERAS system indicating your interest in the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford Family Medicine Residency Program (#2268120C0). As part of the AAMC ERAS application, you should submit one letter of recommendation from your Department of Family Medicine, one letter from your Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and a third supporting letter from Family Medicine or Obstetrics.

After submitting your application through the AAMC ERAS system, please submit a letter of interest via email to [email protected] addressing the following:

  • Your interest in family medicine
  • Your interest and desire to train in advanced obstetrics, including surgical obstetrics
  • Why you aspire to practice in a rural or underserved area

Your letter of interest should include your name and AAMC ID # as the header. Font size should be no smaller than 10 and the letter should be no more than two pages in length.

We will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview. Interviews will take place from late October through January. We also sponsor J1 and H1B visas.

Hurley, MD

Ogden-Moles, DO

Patricia Monaghan, BSN, RN

Clinical Educator University of Illinois College of Medicine RockfordDepartment of Family and Community Medicine
Work 1601 Parkview Ave. Rockford IL 61107 Work Phone: (815) 395-5789
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Biographical Info

Monaghan joined the College of Medicine Rockford in 2012 and most recently worked as the nurse manager at the UI Health Mile Square Health Center – L.P. Johnson Rockford.  In the fall of 2020, the Department of Family and Community Medicine identified several opportunities in which educational programs and employee health services could utilize her unique skill set. Her role as clinical educator will focus on improving the educational programs and clinical skills training in the area of obstetrics. Her extensive obstetrical nursing experience will provide a valuable learning opportunity to both resident physicians and medical students.
In addition, Monaghan will expand her role in employee health by acting as an extension of University Health Services. Initially, she will continue to oversee COVID-19 monitoring and testing for employees and will begin providing pre-employment health screenings for new clinical providers and staff. In the future, we hope to be able to expand services in this area. Patricia’s office will be located in N112, and she can be reached at (815) 395-5789 or [email protected].
Categories: Family and Community Medicine, STRETCH-OB
Updated 4 months ago.

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (USDHHS/ HRSA), Primary Care Training and Enhancement‐Community Prevention and Maternal Health grant, Grant number T3442148.