Education

Our educational mission is to provide a 4-year experience allowing residents to become competent in general Ob/Gyn, with exposure to the four primary sub-specialties; provide an experience that will allow graduating residents to be competitive for positions whether they choose private or academic practice or fellowship training; and to provide excellent obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages and backgrounds. 

This is achieved partly through our curriculum, which is based on the current CREOG Educational Objectives, utilizing a combination of lectures, reading assignments, simulation training, and departmental conferences.    In addition, 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 setting
**Rotations are adjusted to meet the ongoing educational needs for each resident, so the actual combination of rotations for each resident may vary.

Mentorship

All of our interns are assigned a faculty mentor who will service as their professional advisor throughout their training program.

Formal Reading Program

Monthly rotations have assigned reading from one of our core textbooks that will be completed during the course of the rotation.  At the end of the training period, each resident will have completed each of our core textbooks.

Additional Education 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.

Education 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.  

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are held weekly 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.  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 week 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.

Midwife Training

Our residents also train with our Certified Nurse Midwives, which allows them to receive an abundance of low-risk normal obstetrics experience.

Simulation

Sims Center– WV STEPS

We are fortunate here to have a newly renovated "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.

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:

  • Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG ~ Brown University
  • 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 Medicine 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 114 beds to our facility.  In addition to Ruby Memorial the WVU Medicine system includes these additional patient-care facilities:

  • Cheat Lake Physician Office
  • Physicians Office Center
  • University Town Centre
  • 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
  • City Hospital - Martinsburg, WV

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.