Women's Health Curriculum

The curriculum for maternity care, gynecology, and general women's health care is multifaceted, combining longitudinal, rotational, didactic, and community-based learning. The obstetrical experience at UPMC Shadyside is a prime example of the flexibility of the program. Furthermore, the Family Medicine Residency Program focuses on developing a family-centered approach to maternity care on the Family Medicine obstetrics rotations in collaboration with the Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC.

The faculty at UPMC Shadyside includes five family doctors who actively practice obstetrics and one double boarded Family Medicine/Obstetrics physician. This mix allows for collaboration and co-management of more high risk obstetric patients. Residents are encouraged to interact with obstetricians, doulas, and labor nurses to aid in developing their own "personal style" of providing maternity care. The use of jacuzzis, birthing balls, intermittent monitoring and nitrous oxide are all used during labor and delivery at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC.

Residents will be taught routine longitudinal family-centered prenatal care throughout their entire residency at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center. Residents will spend four weeks each year during the first two years of residency on labor and delivery at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC. For those with an interest in pursuing obstetrics, rotations are available at out-of-town hospitals that have high volumes of deliveries. Elective rotations are available during the third year as well.

The flexibility of this curriculum allows some residents to fulfill the minimum RRC requirement for deliveries while others pursue a more high-volume experience. The number of deliveries will depend on each resident's desires, goals, and aspirations for OB practice. All residents complete the ALSO course and are encouraged to learn obstetric ultrasound and first assisting on C-sections.

Residents will spend one month during their first year gaining competency in basic gynecology and then a second month in their second year working directly with gynecologists and family physician attendings, gaining skills necessary to provide comprehensive gynecologic care, including proficiency in options counseling, increasing procedural competency and direct exposure to operative gynecology and office gynecologic consultations. Elective rotations are available during the third year for additional training.

They are taught the importance of family planning and contraceptive counseling throughout residency. Residents will learn routine office gynecologic procedures, and they will have the opportunity to achieve competency in gyn procedures such as IUD and Implanon insertion, endometrial biopsy, and colposcopy. By the end of training at UPMC Shadyside, residents feel comfortable providing comprehensive gynecologic care for their female patients.

Lectures, case presentations, precepting, grand rounds, and community outreach activities regularly address issues in obstetrics, gynecology, and general women's health care.