|Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Conferences|
In order to best prepare the resident for the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology, weekly conferences are scheduled to emphasize not only clinical care, but also a formal didactic teaching program. The majority of these conferences are held on Wednesday mornings. The residents are expected to attend the various conferences and are to be protected during this time by faculty for this purpose.
The current Wednesday AM academic schedule for 2011-2012 is here. You will need MS Excel to view.
Core Lecture Series
This continuing series of lectures is modeled after the CREOG guidelines for residency training. There are lectures given yearly on common topics that are reinforced frequently, and other lectures given on a 2 year cycle.
The lectures are held on a weekly basis and review the pathophysiology, diagnosis, disease assessment, and management of the disease processes treated by Obstetrician/ Gynecologists. Practice management, medical malpractice and ethics are also addressed during this conference time.
Dr. Carmen Tornos (Dept. of Pathology) presents interesting and provocative pathology cases for the residents to evaluate. The conference is focused towards surgical Gyn-Oncology and Gynecology. Resident participation is mandatory. Disease management, surgical and/or medical approach, and follow-up are discussed in detail among residents and with faculty attendings.
Traditional academic grand rounds are held on a weekly basis. Advanced topics are presented by distinguished professors from all over the country. This conference is not only attended by all the residents, but the entire staff (including voluntary faculty) is encouraged to attend. In the chief year, residents present a topic of their choice as part of the Grand Rounds series.
One of the purposes of this conference is to prepare senior residents for their Oral Obstetrics and Gynecology board exam (ABOG) in which they will have to compile a case list and defend their management of their patients using their knowledge of the medical literature. This happens once every 4-5 weeks. During 2-3 other weeks, the Chairman's Rounds takes a "roundtable" format, during which cases are presented and discussion ensues. Level-appropriate questions are asked of the residents by the Chairman and Attending Faculty in order to generate discussion.
This bi-monthly conference is attended by the residents and the entire staff and has become an integral part of our Continued Quality Improvement program. The residents present interesting and/or problematic cases to the Chair or his/her designee to discuss in an open forum. Audience participation is encouraged.
Each month, current articles in the literature are selected for review and discussion by the residents on 1 Wednesday morning per month. This session is moderated by Drs. Joseph Chappelle and Elizabeth Garduno. The meeting allows residents a forum to learn about current literature and how to critically review and analyze published articles. Frequently discussions about statistics or study design are brought up and function to teach the residents about research and publishing.
These conferences are held on a quarterly basis for residents to present their research plans, study design and data to faculty and other residents. The informal meetings allow residents to “touch base” with the resident research coordinator and keep on track for the mandatory project deadlines during an otherwise busy rotation schedule.
In addition, a Research Curriculum is offered by Dr. Laurie Shroyer, Ph.D. of the Department of Surgery for residents in all Departments. Our PGY1 Residents are required to attend. PGY2 residents are encouraged, but not required to attend.
This weekly conference is attended by the residents, MFM faulty and the neonatal team to discuss interesting cases and difficult managements plans. The cases are presented by the residents rotating on Labor and Delivery.
Similar to the NICU conference, this conference allows the opportunity for consensus across multiple disciplines. Each meeting focuses on one or two active antepartum patients that have interesting and/or controversial management concerns. The conference occurs once per month and includes residents, neonatal fellows, MFM attendings, neonatologists, geneticists, and pediatric surgeons.
GYN Oncology Treatment Planning Conference
This weekly conference is attended by the Gyn. Oncology residents and the entire division of Gynecologic Oncology to review patients to be treated during the current week or patients requiring a disposition. This a fabulous opportunity for the residents to learn about the thought process that goes into setting a treatment plan and the complexity of care provided to these patients.
Gynecologic Case Conference
Each month, cases are presented to the Division Chief of Gynecology, Dr. Christine Conway. The entire generalist faculty are present for discussion and education of these cases. These cases are chosen to maximize the teaching effort for the residents. The residents present 2 to 3 interesting cases and the case is discussed at length. The imaging (i.e. ultrasound or CT scan) is reviewed, the surgical management is discussed and finally the pathology is reviewed by a member of the pathology department. This conference is highly educational and is interactive with the residents being asked to form differential diagnosis, review radiographic images and pathology and to make management decisions.
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Conference
Each month the REI department chooses a series of articles or a book chapter for the residents to review on an REI topic. Cases are then presented pertaining to the articles to reinforce the learning objectives in an interactive venue with the REI faculty supervising the discussion.
Weekly Resident Meeting
Every Friday, the residents get together, often with the Residency Program Director, to discuss any issues related to the residency. It is a great opportunity for the residents to voice their concerns and to discuss any potential changes in the residency program with the Residency Director on a regular basis. This meeting time is also used to review didactic material informally among the residents on alternating weeks.
Resident Research Day
Once a year the residents, faculty and alumni get together to have the residents present their research projects. Each resident is expected to complete and present one well-designed project during their residency. Residents present their completed projects as finishing PGY3's, then have their PGY4 year to write a manuscript or present at a national/regional/local meeting as a poster or oral presentation. Many of these projects have gone on to be published or presented at a national meeting. It is the culmination of the academic year for the residents and the day also includes an awards ceremony and evening dinner celebration. PGY2 residents have traditionally presented their research proposal at this meeting prior to presenting the full project with data and conclusions the following year.