The overall educational objectives of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Saint Joseph Hospital are based on Educational Objectives: Core Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology as published by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This format is reviewed with each new edition, and continues to allow for the training of physicians in the primary and preventive care of women, pregnancy, and the female reproductive system. The educational objectives strive to accomplish the following for graduating residents:
- To be able to practice the full range of obstetrics and gynecology in a recognized physician-patient relationship.
- To successfully complete the certifying examinations of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
- To serve as a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology to other physicians and health care providers.
- To enter advanced training in the sub-specialties of obstetrics and gynecology as talents and aspirations dictate.
- To establish lifelong habits of scholarship and intellectual curiosity.
- To recognize the special and unique role of the obstetrician/gynecologist in their promotion of health and well-being for women and their unborn children.
- To obtain and demonstrate competencies in patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems based practice.
We expect our physicians to be able to evaluate the general health care needs of women, and deviations from normal in women, so that they can appropriately refer to other specialists. We strive for compliance with all aspects of the RRC Requirements.
All patients admitted to the service are considered "teaching patients," and house staff members participate in their complete management and care. House staff participation in the care of patients is consistent with the demonstrated experience, ability and comprehension of the resident. Progressive responsibility is the expected norm with culmination in the chief year.
The hospital provides an in-house clinic, Seton Women’s Center, for patients without insurance or other means of full payment, and local county clinics regularly refer patients to Saint Joseph Hospital for care. This enables the residents to have both obstetrical and gynecologic continuity clinics throughout their four years of training. Residents follow their own patients and are involved in their patients’ deliveries and gynecologic procedures. There is faculty supervision in the clinic at all times and in-house coverage 24 hours a day. There is a large Hispanic population among our uninsured patients. Proficiency in Spanish is definitely an asset, but not a requirement.
Residents are trained in counseling patients in all aspects of family planning and our practice respects the Ethical and Religious Directives for the Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). To meet the RRC guidelines on the Family Planning curriculum, teaching and simulations pertaining to family planning are done in the hospital and clinic. Those procedures and surgeries that are not available at Saint Joseph Hospital are done at outside clinics (funded by the Ryan program) and other hospitals with either private attendings or our own faculty.