Program Wide Conferences:

(Attendance is expected by all residents stationed at all sites who are not on call)

  1. George Washington University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds: This conference is held every Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 am. Attendees also include full time and voluntary faculty from all three sites. Speakers include department faculty, GW faculty from other departments, and visiting faculty. Topics covered include traditional obstetrics and gynecology as well as relevant subjects from the fields of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, etc. There is a monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference at which residents present cases for discussion and appropriate faculty experts from outside departments are invited.
  2. Resident School: These conferences are held every week for 2 hours immediately following Grand Rounds. These workshops are dynamic case-based or hands-on sessions that cover the breadth of obstetrics and gynecology.  We utilize adult-learning principles and simulation to supplement didactic and group discussion.
  3. Resident Visiting Professor Conference: This is an opportunity for each 3rd year resident to demonstrate their expertise in a selected topic in Obstetrics and Gynecology .  The presentations are typically based on original research or include a comprehensive literature review.  A Visiting Professor is invited for expert commentary and serves as a mentor for the presenting residents. The location rotates between The George Washington University and Holy Cross Hospital.

Conferences at the George Washington University Hospital

  1. Gynecology Conference: Weekly conference attended by all residents, medical students and gynecology faculty. Rotating schedule of topics including office practice, benign gynecology, REI, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, and pathology.
  2. Obstetrics Conference: Weekly conference attended by all residents and medical students. Schedule of topics including basic science, maternal conditions, fetal conditions, journal review and quality assurance case management.
  3. High Risk Conference: Weekly conference attended by the MFM faculty, Chief Resident and 1st year Resident to discuss both ambulatory and inpatients on the High Risk Service. This multidisciplinary conference is also attended by neonatology and endocrinology faculty and residents, and members of other departments when indicated. Formal presentation of the patients by the residents is followed by discussion and formulation of treatment plans. Residents are expected to prepare brief presentations on topics chosen by the MFM attending.
  4. Journal Club: Twice monthly at GW.

Conferences Holy Cross Hospital

  1. Antepartum Conference: Residents and Medical Students meet with staff Perinatologists to discuss in-house service patients as well as patients of interest enrolled at the hospital's clinic. The history and physical is presented as well as hospital course and current management plan. Discussion then centers around future management, discharge or delivery planning with main focuses on current standards of care and recent evidence based articles to support such an approach. Occasionally a new, particularly noteworthy perinatology article is presented with an evaluation of methods and statistics as well as a focus on how the evidence presented could impact patient care.
  2. Holy Cross Hospital Grand Rounds: Residents and Medical Students attend departmental Grand Rounds given by a staff attending or a visiting physician. The topic is usually a current obstetric or gynecologic point of interest containing new data or treatment options in the spirit of continuing medical education. Once a month a departmental Morbidity and Mortality is presented. Cases are generated from service patients and alternate months between obstetrics and gynecology. Cases are presented by residents involved in the case including history and physical as well as hospital course with particular attention paid to the complication or point of interest of the case. This is followed by a brief discussion of available literature surrounding the topic as well as a brief question and answer session where questions and comments from attending staff are addressed.
  3. Daily Chief Resident Conference: On other days the chief resident is responsible for organizing didactics for residents stationed at Holy Cross.

First Year Resident Core Lecture Series

The goal of this lecture series is to introduce new first year residents to the basics of obstetrics and gynecology through an intensive 8-week program. Residents also have an opportunity to meet the faculty and learn about faculty interests and research opportunities. All first year residents are expected to attend and are excused from clinical responsibilities during this time. The schedule of topics and reading assignments is provided at orientation. Quizzes, simulation, case conferences and informal seminars, as well as traditional lectures, are used. A sample schedule is below:

  • Normal vaginal delivery
  • Cesarean delivery
  • Circumcision
  • Fetal Monitoring Basics
  • Introduction to Laparoscopy
  • Ultrasound (OB and GYN)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Midwifery Pearls

These sessions continue throughout the year once a month and cover other topics such as choosing a suture, menopause, contraception, amenorrhea, evaluation of infertility, gestational diabetes and other topics that all residents are exposed to during their first year.

Senior Resident Conferences

In the summer, during the intern core lecture series, there is a senior Business of Medicine series.  Topics include billing and coding, financial planning, practice options, medical malpractice and liability, preparing for the boards, interview skills and constructing your CV.  In addition, we hold an oral boards style case-based seminar with a faculty member each month.  It is designed to highlight important concepts in obstetrics and gynecology and to help the resident become comfortable with the style of the oral board examination.