To identify the current challenges in obstetrics and gynecology residency education and propose solutions to overcome these obstacles.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) hosted the first National Summit on Women's Health on May 31 and June 1, 2017, with a follow-up meeting December 20–21, 2017, at ACOG headquarters in Washington, DC. Invitees from 20 related societies briefly presented their organizations' perspectives and discussed focused questions about specific challenges, proposed solutions, and anticipated obstacles. Finally, participants summarized their top two recommendations to improve current residency training.
Summit participants identified four primary areas of focus: 1) align curriculum with relevant topics to practice, 2) ensure faculty have the necessary resources and time to teach effectively, 3) consider using the final months of medical school to get a jump start on residency fund of knowledge and skills, and 4) use better assessments during the course of residency.
Representatives of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education must work together to address these priorities and reach consensus on the curricular content of core training in obstetrics and gynecology.