The curriculum offered in our Residency program is consistent with that sanctioned by the Counsel on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). We have thoughtfully matched our competency-based curricular goals and objectives to a diverse array of evaluation mechanisms, such that the best evaluation tool is applied to the educational objective we are measuring. We employ multiple evaluation tools to get the clearest overall picture of a resident's progression through training. Our Surgical Curriculum has been expanded to reflect the incorporation of simulation as an important component of surgical training, as well as to incorporate a Robotics Curriculum into our general OB/GYN residency. Dr. Pulvino, the Associate Residency Program Director, has developed a formal OB simulation/team training curriculum that utlilizes state-of-the-art simulation technology to teach individual and team obstetrical skills. Dr. Brandes, urogynecology, has developed a competency based gynecology simulation experience and Dr. Jason Lachance is developing a robotics curriculum with simulation opportunities.
We have a formal elective month in the PGY3 year to further allow residents to pursue interests, such as international travel, as well as to do rotations at institutions they may be interested in a fellowship or practice. In addition, during our ambulatory month, there is built in elective time to allow residents to choose ambulatory experiences that will round out their individual education. Residents have a Research month in the PGY2 year in which to focus intensely on a quality research project and to start a Quality Improvement project focusing on their practice in the Resident Continuity Clinic.
Our residents spend only three months off the Ob/Gyn service during the four years of residency. Interns will spend one month on the Family Medicine service, learning the essentials of inpatient management. Interns also spend four weeks in our busy Emergency Department. The second year residents will also spend one month towards the end of the PGY2 year in the Intensive Care Unit - preparing them to take care of oncology patients in the PGY3 and PGY4 years.