“The best parts of this program are the people in it. Our attendings are amazing teachers, expert clinicians and excellent role models. Our fellows add so much to our education and have a great rapport with the residents. My co-residents are some of the most dedicated, brilliant, and thoughtful people I know. I remember being so moved by how many people reached out to welcome me when I first matched, and how supportive and patient they all were when my co-interns and I were just getting started. It made the transition to residency so smooth.
The culture of teaching here is incredible. Everyone – from our residents, to our scrub techs, to our attendings, nurses, fellows and administrators – is willing and excited to teach. I never hesitate to ask for help or pointers from anyone. Whether it was my first delivery or my first TLH, people have been incredibly kind, patient and supportive. It is clear that resident and fellow education is a priority at both hospitals. It is also clear that wellness and quality of life also matters in this program. There is no shame in taking measures to take care of your physical, mental or emotional health, and people genuinely check in often to see how I’m doing. You work hard here but recharging is just as important.
I continue to be amazed at the opportunities here. There is no shortage of research or clinical projects to join, mentors to seek out, or areas of interest to pursue. I feel like I could ask any research question and it would not take much to find someone who is already working on it or is willing to mentor me through my own process of inquiry. Sometimes the possibilities are overwhelming. I truly believe you can shape your career however you would like, and we are well-supported and encourage to do so. I feel extremely lucky to be training here."
- Sam DeAndrade, MD, MPH - PGY4
The quote from Dr. DeAndrade voices what many of our residents feel. While residency is busy it is also a very rewarding time of your career. At the end of training in our residency program, our graduates have demonstrated achievement in the following areas:
- Competency in the provision of surgical, medical and ambulatory health care for women.
- Ability to effectively educate his/her patients, medical students, colleagues, and others in the health care profession as well as lead medical teams.
- An awareness of cultural humility and structural competency, with clear understanding of the psychosocial responsibilities of an obstetrician-gynecologist as a part of the greater community as a whole.
- Competence in advanced surgical skills, with the knowledge and technical abilities to manage both routine and unusual problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
- Participation in clinical and/or basic science research; most residents contribute this new knowledge in the arena of women's health through the dissemination of their research in national forums.
- Knowledge and comfort with the various subspecialties, with an appreciation of reasons for referral of patients who would benefit from additional expertise.
- The development of tools to critically analyze the medical literature, and a commitment to life-long learning with personal responsibility toward one's own continued education.
- Competence (as consistent with one's personal and moral conviction) in the surgical and medical management of first and second trimester pregnancy termination, and the ability to manage complications of abortion
- Facility with the management of gynecologic and psychosocial problems of a pediatric and adolescent population.
- An understanding of the importance of informed consent, documentation and practice of a code of medical ethics that challenges each resident to strive for professional excellence, self-discipline, and human concern in his/her practice of medicine.
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