Our residents rotate through a wide range of clinical services including obstetrics, gynecology, perinatology, reproductive endocrinology, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, the SICU, inpatient medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. Additionally, throughout the four years of residency, all residents spend a half day every two weeks at The Women's Center (ambulatory clinic) seeing their continuity patients. Residents are also scheduled for Elective time during the third year where they can select to experience a month rotation in an area of obstetrics and gynecology that is of interest to them.
Residents in our program do not have a call schedule and instead follow a night float schedule. Please check the rotation schedule for details.
Our Residents are expected to develop and carry out a scholarly project during the course of the residency program. Many of our residents work on more than one project while a resident here. Our third year residents present their work to their peers and faculty during Resident Academic Day, an event held every May, where the third year projects are judged by a selected group of attending physicians. The resident whose work is judged to exceed the judges’ criteria for subject matter, methodology, presentation, poster quality, and relevance of topic is given an Award Certificate at the annual Graduation Banquet and a gift.
Weekly didactics schedule
Resident didactic time is protected time. By our department’s use of physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and faculty attending physicians, our residents are able to enjoy uninterrupted education time for various academic activities every Wednesday from 8 am to 1 pm and for Grand Rounds on Thursdays from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. Didactics is not just lectures, but also includes interactive learning, CREOG quizzes, lab simulations, animal labs, and resident retreats.
Animal lab / simulation lab / hands-on surgical training
Our Residents graduate with very high levels of surgical experience. Their experience includes the latest DaVinci robotic surgery, open and closed cases and urogynecology. Our residents get the opportunity to improve surgical skills through various animal labs, simulation training and hands on surgical training. There are three laparoscopic training simulators for the residents to learn and brush up their laparoscopic skills. The hospital is proud of its Sahler Animal lab where residents and physicians alike practice open, laparoscopic and laser surgical techniques. Our Residents are trained on robotic surgical techniques through web based and hands on training provided in our surgical simulation lab and on our robotic simulator.
A faculty supervisory attending physician and a certified nurse midwife are immediately available to the residents 24-hours/7 days a week on the floor, in the resident clinic in The Women's Center and in the operating room. Junior residents are directly responsible to senior residents, and, in turn, junior and senior residents are responsible to the supervisory attending physician. All residents consult with the attending physician regarding the assessment and treatment of patients.
Vacations and meetings
All residents receive four weeks of vacation per year scheduled at the discretion of the Program Director. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology sponsors each chief resident for one conference a year. The department will also sponsor a resident for meetings or conferences at which the resident is presenting a paper. Third year residents are sent to the CREOG Leadership Workshops in the Spring and our Chiefs are sent to board preparation classes in late Winter/early Spring.
When they begin their residency, Interns are provided with Williams Obstetrics, Comprehensive Gynecology and Zheng. Each year at holiday time, our residents are encouraged to request another book that will enhance their knowledge. Additional books throughout are provided as the Curriculum warrants.