Our program provides residents with meaningful exposure to clinical practice in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN), while providing a comprehensive didactic program that serves as a foundation for continuous learning in the field.
We prepare residents not only for assuming independent practice responsibilities when they finish, but also prepare them to enter any fellowship program on par with residents from other top academic centers. Our residents have pursued rewarding careers in private practice, teaching, research, and fellowships in virtually all subspecialties recognized by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).
The residency program is designed in accordance with the educational objectives for residents in OBGYN, as outlined by the Council of Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG). In addition, the curriculum is designed to ensure competency in all six of the core competencies required by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The primary goals of our program are to:
- Provide a base of factual knowledge in the pre-clinical and clinical aspects of OBGYN.
- Provide supervised exposure to a wide array of patients and clinical conditions, enabling residents to assume progressive responsibility over the four years of training.
- Provide each resident with a foundation for continued, lifelong learning.
- Enable each graduate to function as an OBGYN specialist and a primary care physician beyond the reproductive system.
- Guide residents in the development of strong interpersonal and communication skills and to exhibit professionalism at all times with patients and colleagues.
- Ensure that each resident is familiar with all aspects of the health care system, including evidence-based medicine, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning.
Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology
After residency, a physician may seek certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). To become a board-certified physician, residents must pass a written test to demonstrate that he or she has obtained the special knowledge and skills required for medical and surgical care of women. He or she must also show experience in treating women’s health care prior to the oral examination. An oral examination is given by a team of well-respected national experts; the exam tests the physician’s skills, knowledge and ability to treat different conditions.
Training and Certification in Subspecialties
Board-certified OBGYNs may become further specialized in the areas of:
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine – care of high-risk pregnancy
- Gynecologic Oncology – care of women with cancers of the reproductive system
- Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility – care of women who have hormonal or infertility problems
- Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery – care of urinary tract dysfunction and disorders stemming from loss of support of pelvic structures
This additional training and certification requires three years of education after a basic residency, and the passing of both a written and oral examination. All certified OBGYNs can treat patients with these disorders; however, some physicians have this extra training that qualifies them to take a written and oral test to be certified in these areas.