Curricular Priorities

The curriculum of our program is designed around 5 key priorities:

1. Eliminate the Residency / Practice MisMatch

Many residency programs provide excellent training in acute inpatient care, but struggle to provide adequate training in the skill most need for independent practice. Our clinical curriculum is intentionally designed to address this type of residency-practice mismatch. We balance inpatient and outpatient exposures, general OB/GYN and sub-specialty experiences, as well as high and low acuity patient types to ensure you’ll gain competency in the full breadth of the specialty.

In the 4th year, our chief residents spend six months in a longitudinal Women’s Health Capstone rotation. They are embedded into an existing practice and work as a junior partner, alternating between office, L&D and OR days. When you graduate from our residency, you’ll be ready to go down any professional path you choose. 

2. Deliver Learner-Centric Didactic Content

Our didactic curriculum embraces the principles of modern adult learning. We utilize innovative educational tools like Socrative and Arist, to deliver self-paced pre-learning. Our didactic sessions are all faculty led, interactive and case based. Finally, we implement the proven concept of spaced repetition as the most effective means to achieve long-term retention. You’ll get a portion of learning every day and you’ll get updates on topics at least every two years.

3. Conduct Longitudinal Simulation-Based Skills Training

Simulation-based skills training is a critical aspect of our curriculum from day one. We use the PRIMER (Procedural Repetition Involving Montessori-type Experience Rehearsal) method, developed by simulation expert Dr. Brian Brost. 

In your 4 years, you’ll begin with simple skills in your Orientation Boot Camp, and progress to the most complex skills as you complete the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery certification. You’ll progress from simple task trainers as a PGY-1 to leading complex, multi-disciplinary simulation scenarios as a PGY-4. 

4. Promote a Team-based Approach to Scholarship, Patient Safety and QI

We threw out the old dysfunctional approach to research and created a completely new Team-Based Research paradigm. You’ll work in a team of three residents, with two faculty coaches. Together, you’ll learn, play application games and design and build great projects that match your shared goals and interests. You’ll complete against other teams, earning points and prizes along the way. Best of all, you’ll finish residency with a firm understanding of the scholarly process and valuable work that will have immediate impact.

5. Guide Learner Well-Being and Professional Identity Formation

Our approach to encouraging a healthy lifestyle and promoting resilience is led at the GME Department level. We employ a full-time Director of Resident Wellness, whose background is in social work, organization development, and medical education. This individual has developed and implemented a comprehensive program to promote wellness within all the Sponsoring Institution residency programs. 

The goals of the wellness program are to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle for residents and faculty while also giving attention to organizational and environmental factors that impact physician well-being. A robust wellness curriculum addresses the multi-factorial nature of resident well-being and includes interactive sessions on fatigue management and recognizing impairment, emotional intelligence, fitness and nutrition, professional development, work-life integration, and mental health risks.

The curriculum is delivered through the required bi-monthly Cornerstones of Resident Education (CORE) Didactic Series, during which residents engage in meaningful activities and discussion on well-being topics. Planned social events give residents, faculty, and their families the opportunity to form meaningful connections outside of the work environment.