Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program
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.
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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, 1 Urogynecologist and 1 Reproductive Endocrinologist.
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.
Typical resident experience for the 2015 graduating class is:
|Operative Vaginal Delivery||21|
|Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (includes Robotic Hysterectomy)||49|
|Incontinence and Pelvic Floor||47|
|Surgery for Invasive Cancer||48|
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, Reproductive Endocrinology, 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.
Formal Didactics and Teaching Rounds
Typically the resident lectures are distributed throughout the month as follows:
|Grand Rounds||Weekly (Sept.-Jun.)|
|Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board||Monthly|
|Gynecology Preop Conference||Weekly|
|Morbidity and Mortality||Monthly|
|Labor and Delivery, Postpartum||Daily|
|Reproductive Endocrinology||Daily (Monday-Friday)|
|Labor & Delivery||3|
|NICU / Ultrasound||1|
|Labor & Delivery||3|
|Labor & Delivery||2|
|Labor & Delivery||2|
* All electives must be approved by the program director.
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