The educational objectives for residency training in obstetrics-gynecology at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are designed to equip all residents who complete the training program with the proper knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the independent practice of obstetrics and gynecology and to allow them to develop the competence to provide ambulatory primary health care for women.
We expect our residents to be exceptional providers of health care for their patients and to be competent consultants for other medical professionals as well. Residents in our program are also introduced to the sub-specialty areas of maternal-fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, and reproductive endocrinology-infertility. This introduction prepares them for a career in academic medicine if they so choose.
Opportunities for increasing responsibility, appropriate supervision, formal instruction, critical evaluation, and counseling all play a part in achieving goals related to these objectives. Interactions with other health care professionals (including nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives) and with medical and PA students allow the resident to understand the role of the physician and these professionals in delivering health care to women. Finally, significant effort is placed towards achieving the goal of training physicians who know their limits, and who know how to improve themselves on a life-long career journey. This includes the ability to use various resources for self-improvement as well as improvement of the health-care system in general.
Residents in our program are also introduced to various sub-specialties, including:
- Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
- Reproductive Endocrinology-Infertility
- Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
- Contraception and Family Planning
All educational experiences must have as a goal the enhancement of the quality of patient care.
Our topics are designed to cover the breadth and depth of our specialties which are presented at resident conferences, grand rounds, specialty conferences, and other didactic sessions taken directly from the Educational Objectives-Core Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the most recent edition published by CREOG.
Another major educational goal of our department is to focus on and elevate the importance of the role of teacher that each faculty member and resident assumes in our academic setting. We train physicians who are good teachers of not only other physicians, nurses, and trainees, but also of patients and their families. Formal as well as informal training in the art of adult education is provided throughout the four years of residency to both faculty and residents. The importance and success of resident teaching in the department is evidenced by the selection of an ob-gyn resident as one of the two “Clinical Resident Teachers of the Year” at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in nine of the past thirteen years from among over 460 hospital-wide residents. In addition, in spring 2009, one of our residents was awarded the prestigious “Friends of Students” award. She was the only resident to receive the award in the entire institution, with the remaining awards all going to faculty.
Board Pass Rates
As with all residencies, an important goal is to produce educated, well-trained physicians. One marker of this is the pass rate for the written and oral examinations administered by ABOG as a candidate seeks board certification. While the value of standardized tests can be argued, they nonetheless exist in our specialty as a means of recognition. Residents who graduate from the Wake Forest University Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program have maintained a pass rate that is impressive and well above the national average.
10 year written exam pass rate (first attempt): >96%
10 year oral exam pass rate (first attempt): 100%