Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

Residents with the USA Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ob-Gyn Residents receive competitive training in a unique setting, allowing maximum exposure to procedures and patient care.

The University of South Alabama Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program is dedicated to the education and training of resident physicians. Our program is clinically oriented and the majority of our residents enter private practice after graduation. Patient care, grand rounds, and didactic presentations result in well-trained specialists. Participation in research and teaching experience prepare those who are interested in subspecialty training and academic medicine. The low resident/faculty ratio results in close contact with faculty members who provide both clinical supervision and academic guidance. Residents do not compete with Fellows so that training of the resident is our only goal.

The Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) compiles an extensive standardized data base of participating residency programs. You may view our data base which includes a description of the residency, residents, faculty, hospitals and resident selection but the site requires a password. To view data of other residency programs you may obtain a free password from the Chair's office in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology or the office of the Dean, College of Medicine.

Residency is not all work. Mobile is a wonderful place to live with many cultural and recreational opportunities.

 

▼   Overview

The Ob/Gyn residency program at the University of South Alabama is a fully accredited 4-year residency providing training in the full spectrum of the specialty. The stand alone program is based at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, which is part of a larger integrated system consisting of 2 acute care facilities (one is the regional trauma center, the other is our hospital). In addition, residents participate in surgical cases with private practice physicians at an affiliated community hospital.

The residency has 4 residents at each level. The faculty consists of full-time attendings as well as private clinical physicians. Full time faculty includes 7 Generalist Ob/Gyns, 3 Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 5 Gynecologic Oncologists, and 1 Urogynecologist.

Residents obtain a broad primary care experience through a clinic set-up to emulate a private practice model. Patients are followed in the same resident's continuity clinic throughout their residency to allow for the development of a long term patient-physician relationship and continuity of care.

▼   Statistics

Typical resident experience for the 2015 graduating class is:

  

Obstetrics  
Spontaneous Delivery 231
Operative Vaginal Delivery 21
Cesarean Delivery 193

 

Gynecology  
Abdominal Hysterectomy 43
Vaginal Hysterectomy 24
 Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (includes Robotic Hysterectomy) 49
 Incontinence and Pelvic Floor 47
 Operative Laparoscopy 80
 Hysteroscopy 40
 Surgery for Invasive Cancer 48
▼   Educational Program

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at the University of South Alabama utilizes the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) objectives as a model to ensure a comprehensive education in the specialty. This is done using a combination of clinical and surgical teaching, formal didactic sessions, surgical simulations, organized rounds, and impromptu talks. Some of the various methods are described below:

Week 1: Simulation Lab: Residents interact with a variety of state of the art simulators to learn in a protected environment. 
Week 2: Small group projects designed to encourage interactive thinking and group participation. These are performed on a variety of subjects.
Week 3: Journal Club, GYN M&M, Primary Care Lecture Series.
Week 4: OB M&M, Pathology lectures.
Week 5: Interactive lectures/ case presentations with Urogynecology, Gyn Oncology or Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Also every September the residents are in the Anatomy Lab for dissections with an anatomist and faculty from the department.

▼   Didactic Curriculum

Formal Didactics and Teaching Rounds

Typically the resident lectures are distributed throughout the month as follows:

 

Formal Didactics  
Grand Rounds Weekly (Sept.-Jun.)
Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board Monthly
Gynecology Preop Conference Weekly
Journal Club Monthly
Morbidity and Mortality Monthly
Resident Lectures Weekly

 

Teaching Rounds  
Labor and Delivery, Postpartum Daily
Gynecology Daily
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Daily
Oncology Daily

 

Rotations

PGY 1 Month(s)
OB/GYN Introduction 1
Labor & Delivery 3
Gynecology 2
Evaluation Center 1
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 1
NICU / Ultrasound 1
Night Float 3

PGY 2 Month(s)
Labor & Delivery 3
Gynecology 2
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 2
Private Gynecology 1
Night Float 3

PGY 3 Month(s)
Labor & Delivery 2
Gynecology 3
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 1
Gynecologic Oncology 2
Private Gynecology 1
Night Float 2

PGY 4 Month(s)
Labor & Delivery 2
Gynecology 3
Private Gynecology 2
Gynecologic Oncology 1
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 1
Elective 1
Night Float 1

* All electives must be approved by the program director.

▼   Contact Information

Acting Program Director: Jennifer Young Pierce, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G.
Associate Program Director:
Craig Sherman, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Shavella Everett
Address: 251 Cox St, Suite 100, Mobile, AL 36604
Telephone: (251) 415-1557 • Fax: (251) 415-1552