Brown University/Women & Infants' National Center of Excellence in Women's Health
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Women and Infants offers medical education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellowships and Continuing Medical Education (CME), including Grand Rounds. These programs are fully accredited through their respective review organizations.
Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology
The hospital is the sole site for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology. The primary goal of the clerkship is to educate the medical student in the basic knowledge and skills of obstetrics and gynecology and to give the student clinical exposure to the practice of women's health care.
Approximately 80 students annually rotate through this clerkship which entails a six-week exposure, divided into three two-week blocks, to labor and delivery, gynecologic surgery and ambulatory women's health care. Students are also assigned two faculty preceptors who acquaint them with private practice in the specialty and direct their learning toward a common set of objectives. Students are evaluated on several criteria including their performance on a series of objective, structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) that simulate patient and clinical skill encounters. Through successful completion of the assignments and evaluations, the medical student will have achieved intermediate level competency in all nine of the Brown University MD2000 Curriculum Objectives.
The office for these programs is located in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Medical Education, Women & Infants Hospital.
For more information, please contact Brittany Hampton, MD, Clerkship Director; Kristine Ricci, Clerkship Coordinator, 401-274-1122, extension 1805.
Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology
The hospital sponsors a comprehensive four-year residency training program in obstetrics and gynecology. The program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for seven residents per year for a total of 28 residents. Residents rotate at Women & Infants Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital during their training.
The primary goal of the program is prepare physicians-in-training for a career in the specialty. The following are the overall educational objectives of the program. Upon successful completion of the program, the resident should:
- Have an appropriate database and range of diagnostic and therapeutic expertise to provide primary care for women as an obstetrician and gynecologist.
- Be a skilled surgeon with the knowledge and technical ability to deal with unusual as well as common problems in obstetrics and gynecology.
- Have sufficient exposure to, and knowledge of, the subspecialties of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Gynecologic Oncology, to assess risk appropriately and/or refer those patients who could benefit from this additional expertise.
- Have the requisite knowledge and technical skill to provide consultation to colleagues in other specialties.
- Be a caring, compassionate physician with sufficient knowledge of psychiatry to recognize a spectrum of emotional conditions and illnesses that impact on the health care of women and their families.
- Develop a clear understanding of the social responsibilities of an obstetrician-gynecologist in the modern world, including such matters as family life education, family planning, legal abortion, cancer detection, sexual abuse, AIDS, and other community health problems.
- Be able to diagnose and non-surgically manage breast disease, including fine needle aspirations.
- Be able to diagnose and manage urinary incontinence, both medically and surgically.
- Develop sufficient knowledge of neonatology to function effectively in the delivery room until the compromised infant can be transferred to a physician who can provide it with continuing care. Every resident must have experience in resuscitation of the newborn, but in addition he/she should gain experience in shared decision-making with neonatal specialists, in order that the resident can come to understand the implications of obstetric decisions for neonatal health.
- Have sufficient exposure to, and experience with, ethical problems and principles in order to be able to make thoughtful and ethical decisions with, and in the best interests of, his/her patients.
- Have sufficient knowledge of medical jurisprudence and ethics to understand and appreciate the importance of the physician-patient relationship, informed consent, documentation, and medical record completion.
- Develop appropriate didactic skills so that he/she can effectively educate his/her patients, medical students, colleagues, and others in the health care profession.
- Gain experience in scientific investigation, in order to learn how new knowledge is accrued, and to understand the problems inherent in research. He/she should develop an understanding of the need for continuing education after residency is completed, and be able to appropriately evaluate the scientific research of others, in order to judge what new information should -- and what should not -- be incorporated into the foundation of his/her clinical decision-making.
- Demonstrate the core competencies in biomedical ethics, scholarly medical practice, communication in medicine, medical professionalism, and awareness of the healthcare system
For more information, please contact Gary Frishman, MD., Program Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 401-274-1122, extension 1845.
Physicians, after completing their residency training in their specialty may choose to purse a subspecialty fellowship. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology sponsors three-year fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, all of which are approved by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The program also offers a two-year fellowship in Breast Health and one in Research and Epidemiology. The Department of Pathology sponsors fellowships in Pediatric Pathology (ACGME approved), and Gynecologic Pathology. Pediatrics sponsors an ACGME-approved fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Obstetrical Medicine also sponsors a fellowship for medicine specialists seeking subspecialization in high risk obstetrics and women's health care.
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The hospital offers an extensive array of regular and special continuing medical education (CME) programs for its post-graduate physicians. Sponsored by the Rhode Island Medical Society to grant CME credits, the hospital each week provides a grand rounds program including a morbidity and mortality conference, two multidisciplinary tumor boards, a perinatal management conference, an obstetrical medicine conference, and a multidisciplinary antenatal diagnosis and management conference. The hospital also provides a wide variety of topical programs in obstetrics and gynecology including annual conferences in primary care on women's health, women's oncology and perinatal management. These programs serve a wide target audience of physicians. The topics and content of the programs are shaped through a recurring needs assessment of this audience.
For more information, please contact Patrick Sweeney, MD., at 401-274-1122, extension 2800.