The Saint Francis Hospital residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology is a fully accredited program. There are two positions for each year of the four-year residency. Those residents who complete the program are eligible to apply for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certification exam.
During the first post-graduate year (PG-1), emphasis is placed on obtaining a broad reference base of knowledge in Primary Care, in addition to Obstetrics and Gynecology. Each PG-1 resident is also sent to a formal ultrasonography course.
First half of the PG-2 year residents are assigned to the antenatal, labor/delivery post-partum service, with supervision by the attending staff and the chief residents. The second half PG-2 year training is spent as an introduction to basic gynecology. The obstetric service has full time coverage in maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology and obstetric anesthesia.
The major emphasis of the PG-3 and PG-4 training years is placed on gynecology, pelvic surgery, urogynecology, and pelvic reconstructive surgery, reproductive endocrinology, and gynecologic oncology. Training in breast disease and breast surgery is an integral part of the gynecologic oncology rotation. Resident responsibilities encompass both inpatient surgical management and outpatient care.
The strengths of the program include a strong surgical experience and supervised direct resident management of patients with a wide array of obstetric and gynecologic disorders. State-of-the-art electronic fetal monitoring and ultrasound equipment is present in the labor and delivery suite. Residents receive individualized training in colposcopy, laser surgery, and operative laparoscopy. Saint Francis Hospital is a gynecologic oncology referral center. Gynecologic cancer patients are managed comprehensively with the medical oncologist and radiation oncology services.