Training & Curriculum
Training Focus by Postgraduate Year
On inpatient services of obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic oncology, residents are responsible for patients of both full-time faculty and private attending physicians, with attending physician supervision. The residents operate with the faculty and private attending physicians and are responsible for patients' postoperative care, in consultation with the attending physician. The attending staff delegates responsibility that is appropriate to the resident's level of training and experience. Residents benefit from high-volume services at all three medical centers.
Residents participate in continuity clinics at the Planned Parenthood Santa Monica location and at the Eisner Health Family Medicine Center at California Hospital in Los Angeles throughout their four years of training. Under supervision of Cedars-Sinai faculty and Eisner attending physicians, residents provide comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology services which include specialty care for high-risk obstetrics, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urogynecology and gynecology oncology. In addition, residents provide outpatient gynecology specialty care at the Primary Adult Care clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Each week residents have four hours of protected time for educational programming to cover the curriculum, journal article review, Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) Conferences and Grand Rounds. Educational activities include simulation exercises, hands-on experiences, and interactive "theme weeks." Other weekly conferences occur in gynecology, high-risk obstetrics, fetal monitoring, gynecologic oncology, gynecologic pathology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, family planning and urogynecology.
Medical Student Education
Cedars-Sinai is actively involved in training UCLA medical students. Third-year medical students from UCLA complete the required obstetrics and gynecology clerkship at Cedars-Sinai, and there are several sub-internships available for fourth-year medical students.
Training Programs in Gynecologic Specialties
Residents are required to complete a research project, under faculty advisor direction, that is suitable for publication. Residents present their research proposal in the fall of their second year and their completed study and results at a "Residents Research Day" in the spring of their third year. As a graduation requirement, residents prepare and submit a manuscript suitable for publication.
Patient Safety Curriculum
Each resident is required to complete one patient safety project or quality improvement project. Residents present their completed project and findings at a dedicated "Patient Safety" conference in the Spring of their chief year as a graduation requirement. Residents also participate in patient safety educational programming including lectures, simulations and drills, and attend root cause analysis and quality improvement/risk management meetings.