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Mandatory Attendance by All Residents

Grand Rounds
Attended weekly by faculty, residents, all medical students on OBGYN rotations, and open to area healthcare providers. Grand Rounds is a weekly lecture series designed to compliment and expand on clinical teaching and continuing education. Faculty, residents, and speakers from other departments, as well as outside of the institution, are assigned in advance and a monthly schedule is published.

STATs/M&M (Morbidity & Mortality) Conference
Attended weekly by faculty, residents, and senior medical students. STATs conference is a weekly discussion of case lists from the assigned services of Obstetric, Gynecology, or Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, or sub-specialty clinic services. The resident(s) of the assigned service compiles a list of all cases from the previous weeks, highlighting 10 cases to be discussed. The M&M conference is held every fourth week with an evidence-based presentation of one case per assigned service, with discussion of the patient case, complications, and surgical procedures. Data that is critical to the case, such as X-rays and monitor strips, are typically available and utilized.

Residents’ Team-Based Learning (TBL)
Attended weekly by residents and senior medical students. This is a core didactic experience of residency and is a review of assigned chapters from selected textbooks, along with a test and discussion pertinent to the CREOG Exam. Assigned faculty members lead the discussion.

Department of OBGYN Journal Club
Attended monthly by faculty, residents, and junior medical students on the service. The Journal Club is a monthly conference presented by residents and designed to foster the ability to critically evaluate the literature. Two journal publications of related topics are chosen and evaluated regarding experimental design, statistical analysis, and appropriateness of conclusions. The ultimate goal is to stimulate life-long reading skills.

Resident Research Meeting
Attended monthly by faculty, residents, and junior medical students on the service. Residents are required to complete a project of scholarly activity before completion of their residency training. This monthly conference provides a forum for discussion of research modules as well as mentoring to fulfill the research requirement. They are also designed to give faculty members and residents insight into data processing, research possibilities, research modalities, and faculty mentoring research projects. Residents are encouraged to publish or present their research nationally during their fourth year.

Attendance by Residents on Gynecology Service

Benign Gynecology Pre-Op Conference
Attended weekly by benign gynecology faculty and residents. This pre-operative conference is in case-presentation format. All planned surgical cases are reviewed with emphasis on pre-operative work-up, possible alternatives and surgical plans.

Attendance by Residents on Obstetrics Service

Obstetrics Telemedicine Conference
Attended weekly by maternal-fetal medicine faculty, residents on the OB service, junior medical students on OB service, and state-wide clinicians by teleconferencing. Residents on the obstetrics service at UAMS or clinicians at other sites choose cases to present. The patient’s history, physical exam, and any relevant diagnostic work-up are presented along with the outcome. After the presentation, a discussion is held regarding patient management. Evidence-based literature is also presented in a majority of the cases.

Attendance by Residents on Gynecologic Oncology Service

Gynecologic Oncology Patient Care Conference
Attended weekly by gynecologic oncology faculty, residents on service, junior medical students on service. The purpose of this conference is to discuss pre-op patients and their problems.

Gynecologic Oncology Pathology Conference
Attended weekly by gynecologic oncology faculty, residents and junior medical students on the service, pathology department staff, radiation oncologists. This pathology conference reviews the pathologic findings of current oncology patients. Cases from the previous week are discussed, microscopic findings are reviewed, and cancer staging is finalized. Management plans are also discussed.

Oncology Journal Club
Attended monthly by oncology faculty, residents and junior medical students on the service. The Oncology Journal Club is a monthly conference designed to foster the ability to critically evaluate the literature. Journal publications are chosen and evaluated regarding experimental design, statistical analysis, and appropriateness of conclusions. The ultimate goal is to stimulate life-long skills.