Education

Our Education Curriculum consists of a large number of components that allow us to produce well rounded, high-quality Obstetrician/Gynecologists, at the end of their training.  We are the only tertiary care facility in the state of West Virginia, which affords us a wide variety of routine and complicated patient cases which enhance the education for our trainees.  However, because we do not train Fellows, our residents are first line learners for all of our subspecialties, which provide a more in-depth experience for our residents in areas like Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Gynecologic Oncology. 
 
We are proud that our educational curriculum has been given a commendation nationally for excellence in our academic educational curriculum.
 
ROTATION SCHEDULE
Our schedule is based on calendar months.  Residents are assigned rotations each month, that are based on their PGY level (see SCHEDULE).  Generally speaking, during their 48 months of training, residents can expect to complete the following rotations:
                Obstetrics – 16 rotations
                Gynecology – 10 rotations
                High Risk Obstetrics/Geriatrics – 4 rotations
                Gynecologic Oncology – 4 rotations
                Reproductive Endocrinology – 3 rotations
                Internal Medicine – 1 rotation
                *Rural Medicine – 3 rotations
                Ultrasound – 1 rotation
                Family Medicine – 1 rotation
                Breast Care – 1 rotation
                Urogynecology – 1 rotation
                Elective – 1 rotation
                Menopause/Ambulatory – 1 rotation
                SICU – 1 rotation
*Combination of Obstetrics and Gynecology experience based in a private practice
Rotations are adjusted to meet the ongoing educational needs for each resident, so the actual combination of rotations for each resident may vary.
 
MENTORSHIP
By the end of the first six-months of training, all of our interns are assigned a faculty mentor who will serve them as a professional advisor throughout their training period.
 
 
FORMAL READING PROGRAM
Each monthly rotation has assigned reading from one of our core textbooks, and/or assigned modules, etc. that will be completed during the course of the rotation.  A post rotation quiz will be taken to gage attainment of appropriate knowledge from the assignments.  At the end of the training period, each resident will have completed each of our core textbooks.
 
ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Our program has purchased  the CHALLENGER PROGRAM as an electronic  resource for providing resident learners with a resource for remedial work, board preparation, and additional information.
 
  
EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS
Resident Lectures:
Residents have protected didactic time every Thursday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  In this protected block, residents receive lectures by our board certified physicians, or physicians from other specialties.  Lectures are recorded each week using Camtasia, which allows us to post both the audio and video of each lecture and store them on our intranet site so that residents can view them again from any location.  The audio for each lecture can even be downloaded onto ipods for auditory learning purposes. 
 
Teaching Rounds:
Teaching Rounds are held every Thursday at 3:00pm and include speakers from each of the sub-specialty areas of Ob/Gyn – Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Urogynecology, as well as Genetics, Pathology, and hands-on labs for equipment training.
 
Grand Rounds:
Grand Rounds are held every Thursday at 4:00pm and include expert speakers on topics that are relevant to our specialty, from throughout the country, as well as from WVU.
 
Journal Clubs:
Journal Clubs are held each month on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:00pm.  Each resident is responsible for choosing an article and preparing a presentation for Journal Club, once each year.   A research specialist guides the resident through the process of scientifically critiquing the article and preparing the presentation.  The goal is for each resident to learn the process for evaluating their current practice as well as to learn to critically evaluate a scientific article.
 
Research Forums:
As part of our Research Curriculum, all PGY-2 residents are required to identify a project that they would like to embark upon for their final research presentation in their PGY-4 year.  Prior to applying for IRB approval, the first step for the project is to present the research proposal to our faculty and residents at a Research Forum.  A research specialist is available to help with the process of identifying design flaws, submitting IRB Proposals, etc.
 
Pre-Op Conference:
Pre-Op Conference is held every Wednesday morning at 7:00am for all residents who are on non-OB rotations.  Our generalist faculty rotate in the role of faculty preceptor for this conference.  Upcoming cases as well as relevant topics are discussed and the GYN and GYN-Oncology Chief residents are responsible for making the educational presentations.
 
 
SIMULATION
SIMS CENTER – WV STEPS:
We are fortunate here to have a “state of the art” Simulation Center here at West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, which delivers innovative inter-professional healthcare training to our residents.  Our WV STEPS (Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety) CENTER enhances education as it helps clinical learners improve their analytical, diagnostic, communications and crisis-intervention skills.  Our variety of patient simulators are capable of everything from trembling and crying, to bleeding or giving birth as well as mannequins and trainers to give clinicians the opportunity to learn, rehearse and perfect procedures from the simple to the highly complex. Inter-professional education is stressed as nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physicians and other members of an integrated health care team train together, just as they perform in the healthcare setting. This integration enhances the educational experience for all professions involved. Customized clinical experiences are tailored to the level of our learners, from students to hospital professionals. Our high tech recording equipment gives us the ability to provide audio and video documentation of successful performance Technology enhances education as our Simulation Center helps clinical learners improve their analytical, diagnostic, communications and crisis-intervention skills.  Within the educational components of our Simulation Curriculum, we utilize a variety of patient simulators capable of everything from trembling and crying, to bleeding or giving birth as well as mannequins and trainers to give clinicians the opportunity to learn, rehearse and perfect procedures from the simple to the highly complex. Inter-professional education is stressed as nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other members of an integrated health care team train together, just as they perform in the healthcare setting. This integration enhances the educational experience for all professions involved. Customized clinical experiences are tailored to the level of our learners and our high tech recording equipment gives us the ability to provide audio and video documentation of successful performance.  Currently, our simulation center is the only site in West Virginia that has been approved by SAGES as an FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) Testing Center.
 
ROBOTIC TRAINER:
In addition to the two state-of-the-art DaVinci Surgical Dual Console Robots that West Virginia University Hospitals currently own, we are also very fortunate to have the Mimick Training Simulator for the specific purpose of allowing residents to train for this in-demand method of minimally invasive surgery.   Once residents complete the required training to be credentialed in robotic surgery, they are able to offer their patients a method for major surgery through tiny incisions with pinpoint accuracy.  The trend towards less-invasive surgery is on the rise, and our residents graduate with the ability to offer robotic surgery to their patients in their practice.
 
MIDWIFE TRAINING:
Our residents also train with our five Certified Nurse Midwives, which allows them to receive an abundance of low-risk normal obstetrics experience.  This experience combined with the  large amount of high risk experience that they get because of our Level 1 Trauma status, serves to provide our residents a well rounded obstetrical education
 
 
RESEARCH:
Our formal Research Curriculum provides formal instruction in all phases of research.  Our five PhD faculty serve as mentors for our residents to assist them in choosing a formal research project.  Once a project has been chosen, residents are required to make a presentation to our faculty and residents at Research Forum, to present their proposal.  Once the proposal is approved, the IRB is submitted and the resident is required to conduct and complete their research by the spring of their last year of training.  Research requirements are concluded with a formal Resident Research Day, which is held each spring, where residents present their research and a nationally acclaimed speaker gives a presentation as part of our Annual Palladino Lectureship, which is held in conjunction with Resident Research Day.  Our distinguished speakers over the past few years have included:

  • Jerome F. Strauss, III, MD. PhD ~ Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD ~ Emory University

  • Charles Lockwood, MD ~ Yale University

  • Gerald Schatten, PhD ~ University of Pittsburgh

  • Richard Legro, MD ~ Penn State University

  • Ralph Hale, MD ~ ACOG Executive Vice President

  • William Droegemueller, MD ~ University of North Carolina

 
 

TRAINING SITES:
Ruby Memorial Hospital, which is located on the WVU Healthcare campus, is our primary training site, and is currently a 531 bed state-of-the-art hospital.  We have just been approved for a $280 million dollar expansion project, which will add an addition 139 beds to our facility.  In addition to Ruby Memorial the  WVU Healthcare system includes these additional patient-care facilities:

  • Cheat Lake Physician Office

  • Physicians Office Center

  • Chestnut Ridge Psychiatry Hospital

  • WVU Children’s Hospital

  • WVU Heart Institute

  • Trauma Center

  • Cancer Center

  • Sleep Center

  • Sports Medicine Center

  • Wound Management Center

  • Center for Reproductive Medicine

  • Dental Clinic

Also located on-site or in close proximity to the hospital is the Rosenbaum Family House and the Ronald McDonald House, for the families of our patients.
 
United Hospital Center is a private state-of-the-art facility that has 292-beds and was just opened in 2010.  When doing a Gynecology Rotation, our residents rotate at this facility to participate in surgeries with the physicians who are based at this hospital.
 
Monongalia General Hospital is a 189-bed community hospital, located in close proximity to Ruby Memorial Hospital, in Morgantown.  Our residents participate in surgeries at this location with two private practitioners in our local area, which gives them additional exposure to urogynecologic , and open gynecologic oncology cases.
 

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