The goal of our residency education program is to develop excellent clinicians with experience in all areas essential to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology, which encompasses primary and preventive health care of women.
The UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology facilitates the resident's educational process so that they will acquire the necessary scientific knowledge, learn to think deductively, and make logical clinical decisions. Obviously the practice of medicine involves a lifetime of learning; our primary goal is to make each resident a competent obstetrician-gynecologist as well as a teacher for him/herself, patients, and the community.
The Department follows the Education Objectives outlined by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Each resident is given a book with these objectives during his/her first month in the program.
Our comprehensive training program produces competent physicians who are prepared to be specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, and to achieve certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Approximately 60% of our residents enter private practice, while 40% choose a career in academic medicine. Many former residents are in academic medicine, including four department chairs, four division directors, one associate dean, one former dean of a medical school, and a director of a reproductive branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In summary, our goal is to educate rather than train resident physicians in the surgical and medical aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, to include the primary care aspects of continuity care, disease prevention, and health maintenance. Each of the divisions of our department has specific goals for the residents in each of their four years.