Didactics

Didactics are extremely important to the measured learning in a residency program and we are committed to providing didactics in a protected environment. Protected didactics occur every Wednesday morning from 7:30-10:30 and are on a two year rotating curriculum. Residents are relieved of their pagers for this time to allow full protection and services are covered by faculty and/or APPs. Dr Candice Dersch, Associate Program Director works with one PGY-4 per year who has been appointed “Didactics Chief” to allow for significant resident input into the two year curriculum, based on the CREOG Educational Objectives. One session per month (on average) is focused on simulation. Many of these sessions take place off-site at the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation, where simulation models are utilized to review procedures and anatomy. Dr Caroline Foust-Wright, Assistant Program Director oversees the Simulation learning.

On Friday mornings, the department conducts additional educational activities, including weekly GYN Oncology Tumor Board, monthly Grand Rounds, monthly Morbidity and Mortality conferences in obstetrics and gynecology, and a monthly "Evidence Based Medicine" conference, our updated take on Journal Club. This resident led conference presents clinically relevant, practice changing articles to the entire department with the help of an epidemiologist.

Didactic Education

  • Wednesday Mornings
    • 7:30-10:30
      • Weekly Rotating Didactic Conferences: Perinatal, Reproductive, Endocrine, Urologic Gynecology, Genetics, Obstetrics/Gynecology
      • (Monthly) Simulation didactics at Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation
      • (Months with a 5th Wednesday, 4X a year) – Resident Wellness sessions (protected)
  • Thursday mornings
    • 7:30-8:30 Weekly Oncology didactic session
  • Friday Mornings
    • 7-8am (Concurrent):
      • Oncology Interdisciplinary Tumor Board
      • Maternal Fetal Medicine case conference
    • 8-9 Departmental Rotating conferences
      • Mortality and morbidity conference (monthly)
      • Grand Rounds (1-2 per month)
      • Evidence-based medicine conference, in which residents choose a clinical question then search the literature to find the best article to answer their question. Residents select a faculty sponsor then analyze the article and make a judgment as to whether the article was compelling enough to consider changing clinical practice.
    • 9-10 Oncology Pre-op conference (review of upcoming case for following week)