We believe our department is a special place to complete residency training. We work diligently to ensure a comprehensive portfolio of training and educational opportunities and to employ innovative approaches to residency education. Below are some of the factors that set us apart:
The Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University has a long history of integrating resident and fellow research into the education experience. Dr. John D. Thompson, Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics (1961-1986), identified research as a key element in the development of the academic physician and instituted the nation’s first Resident Research Day (RRD).
Each year, our department gathers to hear presentations from residents and fellows that have been completed over their years of training. Residents may choose to conduct research in basic, clinical, and/or quality domains with the ultimate goal of translating findings into improved patient care and generating a passion for lifelong learning that trainees graduating from our program will carry with them throughout their professional careers.
New residents receive program-specific hands-on training starting their first week. Simulated training is performed in a safe, low-stress environment where residents gain critical skills and receive feedback to facilitate learning. Department faculty and chief residents provide guided instruction in several essential procedures, including sterile hand-washing and gowning, suturing, labor and delivery, and Cesarean section. The new team has an opportunity to bond over the experience of suturing cow tongues to practice correcting fourth-degree lacerations and performing a c-section on a watermelon.
These practice simulations occur at the Emory Center for Experiential Learning (ExCEL), which is located in the School of Medicine’s medical education building. This is a shared educational facility outfitted with clinical equipment, patient simulators, and high-tech audio-visual infrastructure to serve the training needs of Emory’s medical and healthcare students. ExCEL is staffed by Emory faculty, and medical and healthcare personnel, who are dedicated to providing in-depth, practical training to our residents.
First-year residents participate in the CenteringPregnancy program at Grady. CenteringPregnancy is an evidence-based model for group prenatal care. Each intern will be assigned to a group of eight to twelve women with similar gestational ages; the group will meet once or twice a month for facilitated discussions, opportunities to learn care skills, health assessments, and peer support
Through this unique model of care, women are empowered to choose health-promoting behaviors. Health outcomes for pregnancies – specifically, increased birth weight and gestational age of mothers that deliver preterm – are improved, and the satisfaction expressed by both the women and their providers support the effectiveness of this model for the delivery of care.
Though our practice is based in Atlanta, our dedication to women’s health extends worldwide. Faculty members in virtually every division are engaged in efforts to improve the lives of women and their families around the globe. We also offer an opportunity for residents to participate via the Global Health Residency Scholars Program.
The international elective is a four-week rotation for senior residents in Ethiopia, or other developing country depending on availability. During a four-week clinical rotation, the resident will compare and contrast obstetrical and gynecological disease issues in a large urban Ethiopian public hospital with those in the resident’s home community, explore personal and professional interests in international health, and gain exposure to infectious diseases and advanced disease states, both gynecological and obstetrical, that are rare in the United States.
The resident will participate in the routine departmental clinical activities including, but not limited to, daily conferences, inpatient rounding, clinical care of patients on Labor and Delivery, outpatient clinics as well as the OR. The resident will rotate throughout the three clinical sites under the guidance of the site director(s) to optimize their clinical experience. The resident will have an active role in the educational activities and will prepare didactic sessions appropriate for medical students and residents.
I had the privilege of being able to complete an OB/GYN elective at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in 2012. I worked mainly in the wards and operating rooms of Black Lion Hospital alongside Ethiopian medical students, residents and faculty members but I was also able to visit other sites. Needless to say, there were plenty of new learning experiences in medical and surgical treatment of patients in Ethiopia. The four weeks that I spent at AAU provided me with an invaluable experience in global health and better insight into the challenges but also rewards of working in gynecology and obstetrics in a developing country. I am grateful to the Emory Department of GYN/OB for making this elective possible.
--Alisa Kachikas, MD. After completing her residency in 2013, Dr. Kachikas joined the Global Health Service Corps in Blantyre, Malawi.
More resident experiences:
Dr. Jade Stafford's experience in Ethiopia
Dr. Navya Nair's experience in Ethiopia
Dr. Jessica Tarleton's experience in Ethiopia
Dr. Catherine Hudson's experience in Guatemala
Dr. Abed Sinno's experience in Ethiopia
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