In addition to clinical rotations, the residency curriculum includes lectures and additional didactic learning, a research project, and teaching experience.
Protected educational time
We pride ourselves on a didactic curriculum grounded in evidence-based medicine.
Our structured lecture schedule divides the year into four modules, with each module lasting approximately three months. Protected didactics take place every Wednesday from 9am – 12pm.
- Reproductive Endocrinology / Primary Care
At the completion of each module, we assess residents’ strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the annual in-service examination (CREOG).
Our curriculum also runs in a two-year cycle composed of a 101 and 201 lecture series. The two-year cycle allows every resident to go through the schedule twice while also supporting our commitment to evidence-based medicine, providing the flexibility to adapt the material to changes in medical practice.
The first year, 101, covers the basics that every ob/gyn resident will have to be proficient in. The second year, 201, introduces even more complicated material to enhance the fund of knowledge of our learners.
In addition to the core educational lecture series, protected teaching time for our residents includes:
- Journal Club: Led by Dr. Nandini Raghuraman (MFM) and Dr. Lindsay Kuroki (GYN ONC), these monthly meetings residents firsthand to the process of critical thinking and integrating evidence-based medicine into their clinical practices.
- CREOG review: The month of January is devoted to CREOG review with sessions that supplement our formal lectures.
- Simulations: Obstetrical simulation is offered throughout the year in a high fidelity simulation center with a multidisciplinary group of participates to improve knowledge of obstetrical emergencies and communication between team members during obstetrical emergencies.
- Surgical Series: This monthly series begins in the summer and continues throughout the year. Topics include Patient Positioning, Fluid Management and Suture Choices. The series is led by Dr. Scott Biest, a well-respected teacher and surgeon and chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Advocacy Curriculum
This resident-run curriculum will encompass 9 events throughout the year, each focusing on different topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy.
The first session took place in June and was led by Halley Staples, MD (PGY-2), Jinai Bharucha, MD (PGY-3), and Bridget Huysman, MD, MPH (Chief Resident), focused on raising awareness of historical racism in medicine, assess biases in the portrayal of history, and storytell/share our own experiences of racism in medicine after doing a review of Episode 4 of the 1619 podcast.
“Holding diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy events makes us all more well-rounded, competent providers for our patients. It puts us one step closer to understanding the disparities and struggles they face on a daily basis. As a black female provider, it has been a privilege to work alongside colleagues who are just as passionate about these topics as I am. The future of OBGYN is bright!”
– Halley Staples, MD, Resident, PGY-2
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, as well as the medical students who are a part of our clinical services. “Residents as teachers” sessions are part of the resident professional development series and is routinely incorporated into the protected educational time.
Our outstanding chief resident teacher is named annually by a vote of the medical students and receives a cash award. The faculty and chief residents are evaluated annually by the housestaff and outstanding teachers are recognized at the 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 an additional research mentor depending on their interests.
Medical school graduates can enter the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program immediately after graduation, applying through ERAS or ECFMG.