"Throughout my residency, I was very conscious that Women & Infants was a special place, and that I was very fortunate to be training at such an excellent institution. We are fortunate to train under faculty who are experts in their fields, many responsible for the very guidelines we use to care for patients. The mentorship and day-to-day hands-on experience was invaluable."
"I believe that what sets Brown further apart from other programs is the way in which the residency has cultured a sense of community, collaboration, and pride, in taking excellent care of patients which permeates the institution as a whole. There is a “pay-it-forward” spirit among the residents which creates a truly supportive atmosphere. This can be difficult to find in such a traditionally demanding field, but seems to come naturally to those at Brown."
"Brown fosters early and progressive autonomy in its residents, and I believe this creates more confident leaders and caregivers after training. This method of training combined with the sheer volume of patient care experiences I encountered during residency has more than prepared me for any situation I’ve faced in practice. Evidence-based guidelines seem matter-of-fact to me because the midwives and attending physicians consistently reinforced them with me throughout training. Only when attending a boards review course did I come to realize that this is not the norm for many other obstetrician/gynecologists."
"Now that I am a practicing, board certified, general obstetrician-gynecologist, I am grateful on a daily basis for the experience, training and continued support I received at Women & Infants. I graduated feeling very competent in my abilities to care for women, but was perhaps a bit naïve about just how excellent my training was. The practice of evidence-based obstetrics and gynecology seems automatic to me, but in the community setting it becomes clear that this is not necessarily the norm. The breadth of surgical and obstetric experience has allowed me to transition to new institution and quickly earn the trust of colleagues, staff, and patients there."
"Perhaps the best testament to the program is that now, when I come across a clinical conundrum, I still make a phone call to triage or page the on-call attending to review the case. It seems I will always have a home at Women & Infants."
"My training at Women and Infants taught me how to be the doctor I always wanted to be. Not only did I learn obstetrical and surgical skills, but saw first hand how to communicate with patients and provide compassionate care. I was fortunate to learn from national leaders in all subspecialties in OB/GYN. I had incredibly supportive colleagues and was part of a community with a common goal of providing excellent care to women. I will be forever thankful for my time at Women & Infants."
"I am extremely happy about my decision to train at Women & Infants for my Ob/Gyn residency. The program has trained me well to be a confident and competent physician. No matter what path one chooses after their time at Women & Infants, he or she will be well prepared. The presence of subspecialty fellowships greatly adds to the education of the residents. We had exposure to a high volume of MFM, Urogynecology, Gyn-Oncology and REI patients, and I never felt that the presence of the fellows took anything away from my experience. It is not uncommon to start residency with one plan and change once or twice before graduation. I started interested in REI, then thought I would be a generalist, and ultimately decided on minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. One of the great things about my residency is that I was well trained and had the support to pursue whatever I decided."
"There is a drive to make the residency better every year. I found the curriculum to be very well organized and thought-out, with the aim to maximize the learning experiences of the residents, while maintaining our mental and emotional well-being. The schedules were designed to expose us to the breadth of Ob/Gyn early on, and was fine-tuned every year with the help of suggestions from the residents. The didactic curriculum was robust and organized, with multiple hands-on workshops every year, and a lecture series covering the topics that would appear on the CREOG exams. We also had the ability to attend at least one conference per year of our choosing. The mentorship is extraordinary. Not only is there a culture of teaching and mentorship among all of the faculty, but we are also paired with multiple formal mentors, including a senior resident, an academic midwife, and private and academic attendings. These relationships still mean so much to me."
" One of the most unique and important things about the Women & Infants residency and hospital is the way that we interact with each other and the nurses and staff that we work so closely with. We all share the common goal of taking the best care possible of the women of Rhode Island, and we do so by maintaining positive attitudes and an environment of comradery. We know that we all have something to learn from one another and have mutual respect for one another. We laugh together and form lasting friendships. We spend time together outside of work. It truly is a family, and it makes it a lot easier to go to work when you know that you will be with such wonderful people."
"While there is very little that I would change about the residency, I know that it continues to get better and better every year. The residents are actively encouraged to come up with suggestions to improve the residency, and Dr. Frishman does everything in his power to act on these suggestions. I saw this first-hand as an administrative chief, so I know how hard he works to make sure Women & Infants is the best program it can be. I knew that there was something special about it when I was there, and I still do. I miss the people at Women & Infants and I am so grateful for the education and the memories."
Dear Drs. Frishman and Vrees
"Life is great. The clinical work with patients and resident teaching is very rewarding. The research has been overwhelming in a good and exciting way. The training has been both motivating and inspiring. Most of all, I love this community. As part of my job, I take OB calls with the residents. This experience, while super fun, has given me a profound appreciation for how strong our training was at Brown."
"As a resident, my comfort level with clinical and evidence-based decision making was very different than what I am seeing here. This was both because of the graduated autonomy fostered by our program as well as the evidence-based training provided by our midwives and faculty. I can even say the craziness of triage was critical to learning how to multitask and juggle patients of varying levels of acuity (I reflected on this as I had a junior resident panic when a whopping three patients walked into triage here at the same time)."
"Our volume both OB and surgery-wise was also fantastic compared to what these residents are struggling to obtain. Brown second years do better C-sections than some of the chiefs here. Residents rotate through other sites to obtain enough surgical volume and the home GYN team often goes days without a major. Brown was also a much more supportive and much less judgmental environment in the way that our resident culture was to help each other succeed."
"Anyway, I don't write any of this to disparage my current location - I am truly loving my experience. I am just very, very thankful I completed residency training at Brown. In my end-of-residency fatigue, I don't think I realized how lucky I was, so just wanted to forward my appreciation now. So thank you."
"I can't even BEGIN to tell you how thankful I am for the quality of training I received "back home" at W&I. My scope of practice is so broad here and challenging, but I had enough of everything to be able to do it all confidently (or know how to learn how). Yes, I'm even thankful for all that triage work. I had been worried about a few things before I graduated ... like if I was going to be able to do OB ultrasound proficiently or handle pelvic prolapse adequately enough. But as it turned out ... I was far ahead of the game compared to some of my colleagues. Thank you everyone at Women & Infants! There are quite a few Navajo women here whose lives (and babies) are much better because of the training I received."
"Residents who took the Oral Boards, I'm sure you have heard, but I did want to let you know that I passed my oral boards in December. Although very challenging, I think it would have been much worse had I not had such excellent training at W&I. There were so many things to prepare us that we weren't even aware of, from presenting at rounds every morning to team chiefs, to reading Compendium articles on OB and GYN (my co-fellow was bemoaning the fact that she never read all of the Compendium practice bulletins in her very well regarded residency program, and I thought to myself, wow, I read and discussed each one multiple times). Just really wanted to thank you very much for everything."
"I would like to share with you my recent experience with the Oral Boards and in turn, my appreciation for the Women & Infants faculty. I cannot express to you how very proud I am to have trained and to now be practicing at such a special hospital. From the moment I began collecting cases for the Oral Boards, everyone was so supportive. Whether it be reviewing my case list or offering tips on how to prepare for the test, everyone rallied behind me."
"At the review course, I verged on gloating at how many of the guidelines and protocols that we take for granted as standard of care were developed by our very own faculty. When the Boards neared, several faculty members took time out of their busy schedules to help me practice with mock oral exams and independently spent time with me reviewing my case list, set up mock oral exams, organized a simulated mock oral for a group of us and spent just as much time giving us feedback on our performances. Our faculty not only supports those of us that have trained here, but these resources were made available to all of the junior faculty taking the Boards."
"I honestly do not think that I could have received better training, at a better hospital, or by better physicians. The Oral Boards is indeed a rite of passage and I feel honored to have made the journey surrounded by such wonderful people."