Medical Education: CREOG Looks to the Future

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The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) is poised for an extraordinary 2015. The changes have already begun: The first phase of the revised CREOG Web page is complete. The revisions allow for a more user-friendly site, create a better resource for residency programs, and make it easier to showcase all programs and resources CREOG has to offer.

Here are more CREOG activities planned for the new year and beyond:

2015 CREOG In-Training Examination

The 2015 CREOG In-Training Examination will be given on Thursday, January 22; Friday, January 23; and Saturday, January 24. Residents must complete the examination in one day. In 2015, for the first time, CREOG will pilot an online examination: Nineteen residency programs have been selected to take part in the CREOG online In-Training Examination. Whatever the venue or platform, the In-Training Examination is designed to measure the extent to which residents achieve cognitive knowledge, as defined in CREOG’s Educational Objectives: Core Curriculum for Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The goal is to provide performance assessment of individual residents and the program as a whole.

2015 CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting

The joint Annual Meeting, held by CREOG and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), titled "Power Up: Keeping the Energy in Education," will take place March 4 through 7, 2015, at JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas. Program co-chairs Drs. Patrice Weiss (CREOG) and Steve Swift (APGO) have planned an exceptional program. The Annual Meeting brings together more than 1,000 physicians, academics, residents, and medical students from throughout the United States and abroad.

The 2015 meeting will focus on energizing educators, avoiding burnout, and staying invigorated. Wayne M. Sotile, PhD, an expert in physician resilience and founder of the Center for Physician Resilience, will deliver the Warren H. Pearce, MD, Lecture, “From Burnout to Resilience.” Classical medical training does not adequately prepare physicians to manage their busy, complex lives. In his presentation, Sotile will shed light on evidence-based strategies for promoting resilience throughout medical training and beyond. Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, dean for diversity and community partnership at Harvard Medical School, will present the second keynote lecture, “Advancing Diversity Inclusion: Achieving Excellence in Academic Medicine.” In addition, there will be a series of sessions on global health and diversity.

The preliminary program can be found under Meetings on the CREOG Web page. CREOG invites all ACOG district and section chairs to its annual meetings.

Reviewing the Core Curriculum

At its last council meeting, CREOG set priorities for 2014 through 2017. Dr. Tony Ogburn, CREOG chair, led a special session to discuss the content of residency education to meet the needs of our patient population in the next decade. After a productive discussion, the council decided that CREOG as a group will review the core curriculum, starting with the educational objectives. Representatives from the subspecialties will be included in the review process. The recently developed milestones will be used as a resource.

The council discussed the best way to develop the core and what resources are needed to develop it. The council will form working groups to assist in defining the core. Preparation for the CREOG Educational Objectives, 11th edition, will begin in 2015 for publication in 2016. Additional CREOG priorities and initiatives include physician well-being, interprofessional education, problem-based learning, global health education (in coordination with ACOG’s Global Operations Advisory Group), sexual health curriculum, social etiquette, and the vaginal hysterectomy task force.

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