The residency curriculum is a 2-year, dynamic curriculum that covers many aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, in addition to how to be a physician in the 21st Century. It covers the humanistic side of medicine, the practical side of medicine, and the business side of medicine. We deliver our education using active learning techniques. Our curriculum covers Obstetrics, Benign Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal medicine, and some general Medicine. We cover other sub-specialty topics, including Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reproductive Surgery, Complex Family Planning, Ultrasound, and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
Protected educational and personal time
We have protected education time from 9:00 am –12:00 am every Wednesday morning after our Department Grand Rounds. There is a mix of in-person and virtual lectures.
This curriculum covers many aspects of medicine, including Journal Club, wellness/support, surgical skills, diversity, equity, inclusion and advocacy, and medical education. We aim to develop you into the physician of tomorrow with didactics in professional development, practice management, the business of medicine, and patient safety and quality improvement.
Our Surgical Skills Curriculum has both simulations and lectures, covering both gynecology and obstetrics. The curriculum ends with a fun Laparoscopic Olympics to assess your laparoscopic skillset in a fun, competitive atmosphere. We also perform a timed Foundations of Laparoscopic Skills test to assess your development through the training program. This curriculum is multidisciplinary with many different attendings’ participating in these sessions.
We have a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy Curriculum that has 2 components, a formal lecture series in our Departmental Professional Development Series and a resident-developed curriculum that includes evening and weekend activities that promote understanding of the populations we treat. This grassroots program is driven by residents based on their needs. We had a letter-writing campaign, a panel regarding the refugee experience, a Gay Liberation Walking Tour, and much more!
Teaching and mentoring
Our residents and faculty have a wide range of backgrounds and interests. We all, however, share an enthusiasm for teaching our skills to others. We expect all residents to contribute to the education of their fellow residents and medical students. To support that environment, our Resident Professional Development series addresses teaching, interactive presentations, how to help a struggling learner, and much more! We have one resident per year participate in the Washington University Teaching Physician Pathway and have faculty inducted into the Academy of Educators.
We award one Outstanding Chief Resident Teacher annually with a monetary gift and residents can recognize faculty and fellows at our June graduation banquet. A desire to contribute to the education experience is a prerequisite to an appointment as a resident.
Each incoming intern is matched with a faculty mentor to help ease their educational and social transitions. Residents may choose additional mentors, such as research mentor, throughout their training dependent upon their interests.
We want to have residents actively involved in their educational experience, thus we have different committees to help with resident input in their learning environments. Our Clinic Committee manages the environment of the residents’ own continuity and subspecialty clinics in the Center for Outpatient Health. Our Education Committee helps us to tailor the residency curriculum with a subset of that committee that creates wellness activities to support our resident’s overall environment. Our DEIA Committee helps with creating didactic topics and off-service events to understand our communities. Our Application Committee allows us to perform (w)holistic review of all our residency applicants and actively engages residents in the application process!
Our residency program preps you for your written and oral boards throughout your training. We have opportunities for your board preparation with our Benign Gynecology Pathology and Indications Conferences on Green Team, labor board sign-out in the mornings and evenings, monthly M&M conferences, Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, and MIGS Conferences. We offer residency preparation materials, and our chief class gets access to True Learn tests for their Qualifying Exam. Lastly, former residents can have their Case Lists reviewed by our faculty and participate in Mock Oral Boards after graduation. Our hope is to integrate ABOG-like material throughout your 4 years in residency so that it becomes second nature to you!
Medical school graduates can enter the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program immediately after graduation, applying through ERAS or ECFMG.