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The program offers dedicated educational workshops. A simulation (surgical and obstetrical) curriculum is organized through your time here. We conduct a yearly laparoscopy course for all residents over two days. Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) preparation is scheduled and proctored in preparation of certification, and a yearly ultrasound workshop is also held. Every year, PG1 and PG3 residents also participate in a cadaver course teaching surgical anatomy.
Urogynecology/Anatomy Cadaver Course
As part of the Uro-Gyn Anatomy Course, there is a breakout session dedicated to diagnostic cystoscopy. A short lecture including slides with abnormal pathology introduces the skill and is followed by a hands-on session where we demonstrate the procedure using pig bladders and then allow learners to perform cystoscopy on their own. This session is facilitated by one of our staff Urologists.
Laparoscopy Dry Lab
All residents rotate in small groups through these sessions to obtain and practice surgical maneuvers necessary for various gynecologic procedures. Residents work individually at task trainers, or in pairs when needing to practice cooperative skills, to effectively complete surgical procedures. Topics include hysterectomy, myomectomy, tissue extraction, and laparoscopic suturing. Sessions occur multiple times a year with a rotating year basis.
Friday Morning GYN Endoscopy Rounds
A weekly session for the inpatient GYN service and any other available residents to focus on gaining practical skills and knowledge for gynecologic surgery. This ranges from interactive discussions regarding electrosurgical energy or surgical complications, to hands-on sessions with instrumentation and assembly, and even to practicing laparoscopic skills such as suturing and ovarian cystectomy. Residents on service have first priority in setting the schedule of topics during their rotation.
Fourth Degree Perineal Lacerations
Residents of all levels participate bi-annually in a workshop designed to review the anatomy of the perineum and repair of OASIS (obstetrical anal sphincter injuries). This session is an interactive, multi-media, hands-on activity using beef tongue models to simulate the female perineum. A short video and didactic lecture is reviewed followed by the hands-on simulation. Upper level residents are paired with more junior residents to improve their teaching techniques and reinforce the learning objectives. This session has been highly rated by residents and faculty have commented on the improved surgical technique they have noted in residents following this session.
Obstetrical Emergency Simulation
Residents have the opportunity to learn from advanced medical simulators in the STAR (Standardized Teaching Assessment Resource) Center. Innovative obstetric simulators are used to train residents on obstetrical emergencies such as postpartum hemorrhage, breech delivery, shoulder dystocia and head entrapment. Debriefing after simulation of obstetrical emergencies allows residents to respond to common issues encountered in emergencies and prepare for real-life events.
Annual Laparoscopy 3-Day Course
All residents participate in this annual course focused on laparoscopic knowledge and skills, with some emphasis on hysteroscopy as well. Day 1 is attended by all residents and consists of didactics and a dry lab for hands-on experience with various surgical technologies. Residents rotate in groups on day 2 to spend a half-day each on laparoscopic trainer skills including laparoscopic suturing. The last day consists of breakout sessions based on year of training for robotic-assisted laparoscopy and high-fidelity surgical simulation. This typically occurs in August of each year.