Our educational objectives for residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine are designed to prepare residents with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the independent practice of obstetrics and gynecology.
We expect our residents to be exceptional providers of health care for their patients and to be competent consultants for other medical professionals as well.
Residents in our program are also introduced to various subspecialties, including:
- Maternal-fetal medicine
- Gynecologic oncology
- Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
- Reproductive endocrinology-infertility
- Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
- Contraception and Family Planning
To better understand the essential roles of the physician and other professionals in delivering quality health care, residents will interact with:
- Physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Nurse midwives
- Medical and PA Students
This introduction prepares them for a career in academic medicine if they so choose.
In nine of the past 13 years, an Obstetrics and Gynecology resident has been selected as one of the two Clinical Resident Teachers of the Year at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Our educational goals include:
- To provide opportunities for increasing responsibility, appropriate supervision, formal instruction, and critical evaluation and counseling, which all play a part in achieving goals related to curriculum objectives
- To train physicians who know their limits and who know how to improve themselves on a life-long career journey that includes the ability to use various resources for self-improvement as well as improvement of the health care system in general
- To focus on and elevate the importance of the role of teacher that each faculty member and resident assumes in our academic setting
- To train physicians who are good teachers of not only other physicians, nurses and trainees, but also of patients and their families
- To provide formal as well as informal training in the art of adult education throughout the four years of residency to both faculty and residents
- To teach and enhance the quality of patient care.
Facilities and Training Locations
The residency program is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The principal affiliated hospitals, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, are located in Winston-Salem. Our principal referral area includes northwest North Carolina, southwest Virginia, southeast West Virginia and eastern Tennessee, an area of more than three million people with approximately 30,000 deliveries per year.
Below are the locations residents will train during their residency:
A facility of 921 beds houses our consolidated perinatal service in the Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health. The Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health is one of the largest birthing centers in the region and the second largest in North Carolina, with more than 6,600 births per year. The center offers the only obstetrical service for a four-county area (Forsyth, Davie, Stokes, Yadkin). A $30 million addition to the Sara Lee Center is currently in the final stages of completion.
Downtown Health Plaza
The Downtown Health Plaza is located in east Winston-Salem and delivers ambulatory care in medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.. Residents can follow their own patients during the four years of their residency under direct faculty guidance. The Downtown Health Plaza houses specialty clinics in which the residents will be educated including Colposcopy and Leep/Dysplasia Clinic, GYN Ultrasound Clinic, and the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic.
Shepherd Street and Comprehensive Fetal Care Center
This center is located about five miles from the Medical Center campus. Residents staff a weekly loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), laser and cryotherapy clinic at this location.
Connected to our Shepherd Street Clinic is the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center (CFCC). The CFCC houses six ultrasound suites with 4D ultrasound technology. Our residents work with our maternal fetal medicine specialist, six certified sonographers, genetic counselors and other fetal care specialists.
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Residents on the GYN Oncology Service care for patients with interdisciplinary teams at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. These teams include oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and numerous cancer support networks and patient navigators
Wake Forest University Center for Reproductive Medicine
The Wake Forest University Center for Reproductive Medicine is home to our reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic. The center features a state-of-the-art on-site in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab with an adjoining procedure suite.
Conferences and Training
Our topics are taken directly from the most recent edition of the CREOG Educational Objectives-Core Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology, published by CREOG, and are presented at:
- Resident conferences
- Grand rounds
- Specialty conferences
- Didactic sessions
Board Pass Rates
As with all residencies, an important goal is to produce educated, well-trained physicians. One marker of this is the pass rate for the written and oral examinations administered by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Residents who graduate from the Wake Forest School of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program have maintained a pass rate that is impressive and well above the national average.
10-year written exam pass rate (first attempt): >96%
10-year oral exam pass rate (first attempt): 100%