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Obstetrics

Goals

  • To become competent at caring for low-risk pregnancies by training our residents to provide prenatal care, labor and delivery management, postpartum care and contraceptive management.
  • To become competent at performing vaginal deliveries.
  • To become proficient at performing operative vaginal deliveries, focusing on vacuum-assisted vaginal deliveries and ensuring an understanding of indications for such intervention and proficiency at the required skill-set.
  • To become knowledgeable and gain experience in performing operative cesarean deliveries, ensuring an understanding of indications for such intervention and proficiency at the required skill-set.
  • To become knowledgeable and gain experience in performing tubal ligations.
  • To be an active educator on OB topics in the residency program.
  • To develop scholarship skills in the area of Obstetrics. 

Time Commitment

  • Two to four months

Curriculum

(Flexibility exists in structuring activities.)

  • One to three months of Advanced Obstetric Electives. This experience will be with the OB Teaching Service and will include every fourth day inpatient call responsibilities, supervision and teaching of the interns and medical students on the service, and meeting the goals and objectives for the Advanced OB elective. The resident will have time to focus on managing high-risk obstetric patients, learning operative vaginal delivery techniques and first assisting in cesarean deliveries with attending faculty. He/she will also attend the High Risk Prenatal Care clinic once per week.
  • An optional two-week elective at UNC-CH Planned Parenthood Clinic focusing on early pregnancy counseling options and surgical and medical therapies for unwanted pregnancies.
  • A publication on an Obstetric topic. The opportunities include the publication of a Clinical Inquiry in The Journal of Family Practice or PEPID.
  • Attendance at the Family Centered Maternity Care conference sponsored by the AAFP.
  • Participation in teaching the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course with faculty.
  • Presentation of two noon conferences to the residency on OB topics using evidence-based information.