Didactics

Didactics

Weekly didactics provide an educational forum for Grand Rounds and conferences. Subspecialty seminars, led by faculty, focus on such topics as pathology, antepartum surveillance, CREOG reviews, primary/preventive health care, geriatric care for women, genetics, and morbidity/mortality discussions. A monthly Journal Club provides the setting for formal presentations by residents, literature reviews, and a critical analysis of articles from selected journals. Faculty members are present to facilitate didactic sessions; residents actively participate by presenting a gynecology and an obstetrics topic annually. Residents participate in simulation and dry lab training exercises and practice.

Weekly Grand Rounds are throughout the year with PGY-4 residents presenting in August and September of the chief year. Speakers address relevant issues on new technology, basic science research, and clinical subjects. Subspecialty division faculty members provide additional formal educational activities for the residents while on each rotation. Several mini-courses throughout the year focus on psycho-sexual counseling, endoscopic cadaver surgery, genetics, ethics, practice management, professionalism, and life-long learning skills. Faculty members conduct daily rounds with residents on each of the services.

“Continuity of care” clinics allow a resident to follow a panel of patients throughout the residency program while learning primary care initiatives.

Annually, the department, in conjunction with the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), supports two fresh cadaver surgical courses that attract international participants and are attending by resident.

Resident attendance at a sponsored educational program is based on serving as an officer in their regional/national professional organization or having a poster, abstract, or oral presentation accepted at a scientific meeting.

All residents take the yearly in-service training examination (CREOG). Each resident receives a copy of Educational Objectives for Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology published by CREOG, a listing of goals and objectives for each rotation, PROLOGs, and a reading list with recommended textbooks and reference books to be used throughout the four years. An extensive medical school library is readily available as well as several smaller libraries within the hospital complex. The basic textbooks are online through the University of Louisville School of Medicine library. Computers in the clinical areas, residents’ library and office, and in the residency program office are available at all times for resident use.