Residency Curriculum

The educational experience of our residents is strongly rooted in the clinical rotations and augmented by the Friday education series, laboratory sessions, simulation training, journal clubs, and rotation-based conferences.  The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) educational objectives and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) competency areas advise our core curriculum.

The residency clinical training takes place largely in two inpatient settings, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and St. Thomas Midtown.  Outpatient care largely takes place at the department’s primary outpatient center, the Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health at One Hundred Oaks with additional experiences at two offsite ambulatory sites, Planned Parenthood of Nashville and Tennessee Fertility Institute.  The intern clinical curriculum focuses on acquisition of foundational skills in low-risk obstetric care, routine postpartum care, well-woman care, family planning, perioperative care, and office gynecology.  Many intern clinical experiences are one-on-one teaching experiences with dedicated faculty.  As residents progress in their training, they take on more subspecialty level training and care, achieving more autonomy.  By the fourth year, chief residents take on the role of junior attending in the clinic, on the floor, and in the operating room.  Rotation-based conferences complement residents’ clinical experiences on Gyn Oncology (tumor board), Gynecology (preoperative conference), Labor and Delivery (low-risk OB curriculum, fetal monitoring conference), Maternal Fetal Medicine (ultrasound conference/rounds, high-risk OB curriculum), REI, and Family Planning.  

The knowledge acquired in the clinical rotations is enhanced and solidified with a robust simulation and workshop series.  The OB curriculum benefits greatly from the addition of scheduled simulation twice annually for each rotation team in the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA), Vanderbilt’s simulation center.  Protected workshops are offered six times per year and provide hands-on, faculty-guided learning for surgical anatomy (animal labs, cadaver labs, virtual simulation), obstetrical procedures (forceps, laceration repair, obstetrical emergencies), and office procedures.

Friday education time is protected time for resident staff and follows the CREOG educational objectives organized into the three ABOG areas of office, gynecology, and obstetrics.  As part of Friday education time, the chiefs of service present Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement conference and Grand Rounds are presented by invited faculty.  In addition to resident education sessions on the CREOG educational objectives, Friday education time also incorporates curriculum on the business of medicine, career development, and residents as teachers.  Resident-led journal clubs take place monthly for Gyn Oncology, Operative Gynecology, and Maternal Fetal Medicine, bimonthly for General OBGyn, and quarterly for Family Planning.  In addition, each year, residents attend a Vanderbilt CME conference in pelvic surgery or high risk obstetrics.         

The clinical rotation schedule is based on a lunar calendar in four-week blocks.  The sample schedule for each training year is listed below:

Outpatient Gynecology x 8 weeks
Gynecologic Oncology x 8 weeks
Obstetrics/L&D Nights x 8 weeks
Obstetrics/L&D Days x 8 weeks
Operative Gynecology x 8 weeks
Consult/Advanced Gynecology x 8 weeks

Gynecologic Oncology.Pathology x 8 weeks
Obstetrics/L&D Nights x 8 weeks
Obstetrics/L&D Days x 8 weeks
Operative Urogynecology x 8 weeks
St. Thomas Midtown Gynecologic Oncology x 8 weeks
Focus (Home Elective) x 4 weeks
Away Elective x 4 weeks

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility x 8 weeks
Gynecologic Oncology x 8 weeks
Operative Gynecology x 8 weeks
Maternal Fetal Medicine x 8 weeks
OB Procedures Service (C-sections) x 4 weeks
Outpatient OB/Gyn x 4 weeks
Obstetrics/L&D Nights x 8 weeks

Obstetrics/L&D Days x 8 weeks
Obstetrics/L&D Nights x 8 weeks
Family Planning x 8 weeks
Outpatient OB/Gyn x 8 weeks
Operative Gynecology x 8 weeks
Surgical Intensive Care Unit x 4 weeks
OB Procedures Service (C-sections) x 4 weeks