Obstetric and gynecologic education at UPMC. St. Margaret involves block rotations as a 1st and 2nd year as well as prenatal care for family health center patients through all 3 years. There is a core lecture series that spans all 3 years of residency as well as the option to pursue an area of concentration in women’s health, obstetrics or gynecology. The area of concentration requires additional elective rotations and has a research and presentation component.
In the first year, 1 month is spent at Magee Women’s hospital learning obstetrics. Magee is a tertiary care hospital with 22 LDR’s and is one of the top ten OB programs in the country with approximately 10,000 deliveries per year. During this initial rotation, our intern sees FM patients in triage, labor and delivery, and post partum under the supervision of our family medicine-OB attendings. In addition they see and deliver private OB patients under the supervision of the private OB attendings. One half day a week is also spent in our Lawrenceville office seeing patients in OB clinic learning outpatient obstetric care and participating in a group prenatal care model.
As a second year, there is a combined 8 week gyne/OB rotation that incorporates outpatient gyne procedures/visits at all 3 St. Margaret FHC’s, outside local clinic sessions for colposcopy, gyne procedures and options counselling, and the continuity delivery piece of our obstetric training. It is during this time when residents meet, care for and deliver their continuity obstetric panel of patients from all 3 family health centers.
If a resident choses to pursue prenatal or obstetric care in their practice, or an OB fellowship after residency, then additional experience is encouraged and can be gained through local or away high volume electives, by completing an area of concentration, or by completing a private practice initiative in an office that provides prenatal care. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) is a requirement for all residents. Courses are offered locally twice a year, taught in part by our faculty.