A month elective is scheduled into the PGY3 year. Residents may chose a variery to elective educational opportunities, based on their unique educational needs. Some examples of previous elective rotations:
* Fellowship 'showcase' months in Gyn Oncology, Family Planning, Urogynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
* Rotations to investigate type of practice post-residency: rural elective months in Michigan, Hawaii, Canada
* International Rotations to pursue interest and skills in international medicine: India, South Africa, Kenya
* Residents may take their elective month to pursue unusual research opportunities as well
All elective rotations need to be set up in advance with clear educational goals and objectives and a mentor who will evaluate the resident performance at the end.
Dr. Tarraza, the Chairman of Ob/Gyn, has a specific interest and commitment to international health care and travels several times a year to provide needed health care to underserved populations. This is an extraordinary learning experience for chief residents who have the opportunity to accompany him on one of four potential missions. Dr. Tarraza travels to Peru in the fall, Columbia in the spring, Ethiopia in the spring and Sierra Leone in the early summer. The general learning objectives for international rotations are:
- to care for complex Gynecologic and Obstetric problems under the supervision of the Chair of the Dept OBGYN at MMC
- to participate in the evaluation, treatment (both surgical and medical), and care of gynecologic patients
- to maintain a log of experience of depth and breath of cases encountered
- to prepare a presentation about the experience to be made to the Residency program director, fellow residents and medical students during a didactic session
Residents are expected to use some of their educational funds to offset the cost of this experience: half of travel, food and lodging expenses can be submitted for reimbursement from the educational funds that the resident has received. Residents are expect to pay the difference themselves or to fund raise the remaining amount of money required.