• Educational Objectives

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  • Program Goals & Objectives

    The Morehouse School of Medicine Residency Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology will have the following educational objectives:

    • To teach obstetrics & gynecology (OB/GYN) residents the fundamental skills needed to make substantive and appropriate judgments in a structured educational experience and to train residents to be competent in the provision of comprehensive health care for the women; crucial to attaining this objective is an understanding of the anatomic, physiologic, and pathologic data base that must be learned mastered, applied and continuous updated to provide optimal care to obstetrical and gynecologic patients.
    • To provide opportunities for residents to achieve the knowledge skills, and attitudes essential to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology in an environment that ensures increasing responsibility, appropriate supervision, formal instruction, critical evaluation, and counseling.
    • To expose residents to all levels of health care delivery (from primary care to tertiary care) in a broad array of settings, under appropriate supervision to manage the following: the complete health care of the low risk obstetrics patient, the high risk obstetrics patient, the medical and surgical care of the gynecologic patient (including endocrinopathies, pathologies, cogential anomalies, malignancies and infections), the psychosexual counseling needs of women (through direct care and/or appropriate referral), the comprehensive family planning and contraceptive options of the patient, and life threatening OB/GYN emergencies (through direct care and/or appropriate consultation)
    • To expose residents to a faculty that engages in scholarly research and other initiatives and mentors residents in these activities (including the efficient and appropriate use of laboratory studies and the necessary through documentation of health care provided to patients in all settings, thereby contributing to the overall knowledge base of the specialty of OB/GYN to stimulate the learning and training processes and to broaden the academic achievement of the residents.
    • To impact positively the trend toward the interdisciplinary team concept of teaching, learning, and practicing obstetrics and gynecology, especially in primary care settings.
    • To motivate and prepare all graduating residents to become board certified in OB/GYN.
    • To motivate residents to engage in a life long process of independent learning by the following:
      • Utilizing standardized examinations such as the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) examination to allow the department to assess cognitive ability and for residents to measure their knowledge and guide study.
      • Establishing a system to enable attending as well as other full-time faculty members to continuously scrutinize the technical skills and personal judgment of residents.
      • Holding cyclical counseling sessions relating to all facets of training including but not limited to, diagnostic skills, judgment, technical skills, and interpersonal relationships.
    • To fulfill the educational objectives outlined in the Program Requirements for Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and by the CREOG through the following:
      • Providing each resident, upon acceptance into the program, with a book containing the ACGME’s Institutional Requirements, the RRC for Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Program Requirements, and The CREOG objectives. 
      • Encouraging residents to choose appropriate careers in academic medicine and research or an independent OB/GYN practice in the community.
      • Holding cyclical counseling sessions relating to all facets of training including but not limited to, diagnostic skills, judgment, technical skills, and interpersonal relationships.
    • To prepare graduates of the Program to serve as consultants to other specialists including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and surgery for medical surgical and preventive health care for women.
    • To instruct residents in the ethics, medical economics, and medical jurisprudence so that they will learn to consider the ethical, moral, and social responsibilities inherent in the practice of OB/GYN and in the comprehensive health care of women and will have a sense of obligation to serve the underserved populations within the community upon their graduation from the program.

    Resident Responsibilities

    Resident supervision is available at all times by attending physicians who are on site 24 hours a day. Resident responsibilities are outlined in the resident protocols. These include, but are not limited to: ward work and teaching rounds, continuity clinic, labor and delivery, the OB/GYN emergency room, and the operating room. Night duty is as assigned by the Chief Administrative Resident.

    PGY 1 Residents
    Program residents have an introduction to Obstetrics and Gynecology with exposure to Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. Primary Care is an integral component to the program.

    PGY 2 Residents
    Program residents have continued training in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, and Gynecologic Oncology, and Research.

    PGY 3 Residents
    Program residents obtain more experience with the management of complex cases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Endocrine & Infertility, and Urogynecology. Third year residents are expected to supervise junior residents and medical students.

    PGY 4 Residents
    Program residents in their fourth year of training, Chief Residents, are expected to perform at an advanced level in the areas of General Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Gynecologic Oncology and Urogynecology. Designated Chief Residents will also undertake administrative and supervisory responsibilities.