The Wake Forest School of Medicine residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a city of about 200,000 people, in Forsyth County. The principal affiliated hospitals, Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) and Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (FMC), are located in Winston-Salem with an additional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) hospital, Catawba Memorial Hospital (CMH) located in Hickory, North Carolina (about 70 miles west of Winston-Salem on Interstate 40). The principal referral area includes Northwest North Carolina, Southwest Virginia, Southeast West Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, an area of greater than three million people with approximately 30,000 deliveries per year. Additional referrals come from proximate communities to the east and south of Winston-Salem.
The Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) and WFBH are co-located in the Ardmore section of Winston-Salem. The tertiary care hospital has 821 beds and serves as the primary site for gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology, and complicated general gynecologic care. Residency programs in almost all specialty and subspecialty areas of medicine are available with a total house staff complement of over 500 physicians.
The Forsyth Medical Center (FMC), a facility of 805 beds, houses our unique consolidated perinatal service in a well equipped Women's Center (The Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health) which was opened in March 1992. The Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health is one of the largest birthing centers in the region, and the second largest in North Carolina with more than 6,600 births per year. The Center offers the only obstetrical service for a four county area (Forsyth, Davie, Stokes, Yadkin) with about 422,000 inhabitants. This is of particular importance in the present rapidly changing medical climate where frequently large segments of patient populations have been shifted away from teaching institutions. With a single obstetrical service this cannot happen for our residency program. There has been a continuing increase in the number of deliveries requiring expansion of the current facility at FMC. A 30 million dollar addition to the Sara Lee Center is currently in the final stages of completion.
Under the aegis of North Carolina's Area Health Educational Program, Catawba Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Hickory has been developed as a level II care institution. Each third year resident rotates for 10 weeks on the gynecology service attending gynecology, colposcopy and cervical treatment clinics at the county health facility and private physicians offices. This rotation is highly valued by our residents for the extensive gynecological surgical experience. This rotation also affords our residents an opportunity to experience the practice of our specialty in a non-ivory tower environment.
Ambulatory patient care is delivered at several locations:
Downtown Health Plaza
The Downtown Health Plaza (DHP), a NCBH Outpatient Department, is located in east Winston-Salem and delivers ambulatory care in medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology to indigent and semi-indigent patients. In September 1993, a continuity clinic system was implemented allowing residents to follow their own patients during the four years of their residency under direct faculty guidance. This arrangement provides our residents with important educational experiences in primary care.
In December 2005, the Department opened our new OBGYN clinic at 500 Shepherd Street (about 5 miles from the Medical Center campus. Residents staff a weekly LEEP, laser, cryotherapy clinic at this location.
Comprehensive Fetal Care Center
Connected to our Shepherd Street Clinic is the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center (CFCC). The CFCC houses six ultrasound suites with 4D ultrasound technology. Here, our residents work with our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, six certified sonographers, genetic counselors and cadre of other fetal care specialists.
Comprehensive Cancer Center
The residents staff a colposcopy clinic with our GYN Oncology section once a week in the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
WFU Center for Reproductive Medicine
In 2003, the Department completed construction of the WFU Center for Reproductive Medicine (WFUCRM), home to our reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic. The center features a state of the art on-site IVF lab with an adjoining procedure suite.