USA Health offers OB-GYN boot camp for incoming first-year residents
Posted on May 24, 2021 by Brittany Otis
Heading into the first year of residency may be challenging for recent medical school graduates. To help students excel, Nicolette Holliday, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist at USA Health, provides a boot camp as an introduction to the next phase of their medical education.
Holliday, also an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, created the boot camp several years ago as a way for rising interns to better understand what to expect before their residency training and to recap the last few years of medical school.
“I’ve been there; I know what it’s like to walk into the first year of residency and feel nervous about what’s next,” Holliday said. “I wanted them to know we are here to help them, and we want them to succeed.”
Holliday, along with OB-GYN Clerkship Coordinator Heather Glass, offers students the opportunity to attend the workshop annually. During the class, students sharpen their skills and discuss common clinical concerns, procedures and medications. They use mannequins to practice simulation deliveries and ways to communicate with patients.
“It’s important that our students are prepared to hit the ground running in their programs,” Glass said. “To be able to give this course can be beneficial for our students to make a strong first impression.”
For resident physicians Alex Jager, M.D., and Angela Mosley-Johnson, M.D., they were excited to learn more during the course and are grateful for the experience.
“At the camp, we were provided essential information that will be extremely helpful during our intern year,” Jager said. “I will use the tools learned at this class moving forward.”
“It feels great to know people like Dr. Holliday and Heather are invested in our education and helping us advance to the next level of our careers,” Johnson said. “I’m even more excited about pursuing my residency at USA Health.”