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Obstetrics and Gynaecology

A five year specialist training program in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, recognized and fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in their competency by design format.

Training occurs at hospital sites in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. The goal is to achieve a balance of general training, subspecialty training, tertiary care, and community care experiences. There are high expectations of residents but positive support is provided so that residents may achieve their full potential.

The goal of the program is to graduate excellent, well-rounded physicians who, as medical experts, possess the specialized knowledge and skills required in modern practice, including general and complex obstetrical care, management of gynecologic conditions and surgery. Residents become adept at managing infertility and oncology cases as well. Teaching and evaluation also encompass the other CanMEDS competencies: Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Care Advocate, Scholar, and Professional.

Teaching takes place in the Labour and Delivery units, operating room as well as outpatient clinics. The residents are supervised on a one-on-one basis by faculty. Additional learning opportunities include academic day seminars, simulation seminars, Journal Club, events sponsored by the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office, various courses (for example ATLS, ACLS, NRP and FCCS). There is an annual Academic day which gives the residents an opportunity to present research that they have been working on. Twice a week there are formal rounds that are videoconferenced throughout the province. The DA Boyes Society meeting also takes place yearly giving the residents a chance to engage in and learn from experts in the province and the world. There are formative oral and written examinations administered periodically throughout the year. Residents are encouraged to develop lifelong learning habits during the five year program.

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