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.
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.
Global Health Track
The West Virginia University (WVU) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to providing essential skills and training for our residents who are interested in working in low-resource communities locally or abroad. In pursuit of our mission to improve and increase access to healthcare for women in underserved areas, we have collaborated with the WVU Department of Internal Medicine to develop a robust Global Health Track. Our current international locations are Guatemala, Ghana, Zambia, India, and Nepal. Residents in this track participate in a longitudinal monthly lecture series throughout the course of their training, take part in the WVU Tropical Medicine Course which includes online modules and a hands-on parasitology module, and participate in a research and quality improvement project at their designated international site.
Krista Pfaendler, MD, MPH is our Global Health Track Director. She has extensive experience in global health service, physician training, and research. She is committed to fostering collaboration between WVU and countries abroad in education, service, research, and sharing the lessons learned in each location. By providing service and participating in research in low- and middle-income countries, WVU OB/Gyn residents in the Global Health Track gain cultural awareness, understanding of the unique challenges to providing medical care in these settings, and insight into ways in which we can partner with colleagues in other countries that will augment their residency training and serve them well throughout their careers.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Our residents also train with our Certified Nurse Midwives, which allows them to receive an abundance of low-risk normal obstetrics experience.
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.
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.
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:
- 2015. Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG
- 2016. Loretta P. Finnegan, MD, LLD
- 2017. Haywood Brown, MD
- 2018. Daniel Clarke-Pearson, MD
- 2019. Philip Samuels, MD
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.