At Saint Joe’s, we prioritize teaching. Each morning a resident or faculty member leads a half hour lecture in GYN or OB from 7 to 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 to 8 a.m., to those respective teams. These lectures are protected education time for all residents. This is an opportunity to review an ACOG practice bulletin, go over new guidelines, spend extra time in the simulation lab, or go over common procedures. We also use this time at least once per block for a resident-only meeting to address any issues that arise, and continually improve the resident experience. We especially enjoy having this protected time to come together and have breakfast with our fellow residents before we start our busy days.
On Friday afternoons, we have 3 hours of protected lectures from 1 to 4 p.m. During this time, the faculty hold all pagers and cover all services. This time is usually divided into 3 lectures from faculty, specialists, or guest speakers. We cover a broad range of topics, from bread and butter OB-Gyn, to time in the simulation lab to train our surgical skills as a group, to resident-developed curricula on global health, implicit bias, and health equity/anti-racism. We use a multidisciplinary focus, including lectures from our Certified Nurse Midwives, our clinic social worker, sexual therapists, birth trauma therapists, and Domestic Violence patient advocates to name a few. Once a month, the chief of both Obstetrics and Gynecology prepare a Morbidity and Mortality conference, in preparation for oral boards. We love having this time to learn and unwind together at the end of the week.