Medical Education: Free Surgical Curriculum for Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology Now Available

ACOG’s Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) is pleased to provide a surgical curriculum for residents in training in ob-gyn after more than two years of curriculum development.15 units in Surgical Curriculum are now available online to residents, program directors, and faculty at no cost. Plus, five more units are currently in production. The unit titles include ones in both obstetric and gynecologic patient care and technical skills highlighted in the outcomes-based Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestones. Available units range from Total Abdominal Hysterectomy to Electrosurgical Excision Procedure and Cold Knife Conization.

Each online unit is comprised of five components:

  1. The objectives, description of module, and suggested readings
  2. A simulation with instructions, steps to build with images, and some videos
  3. The full content and description of the surgical procedure
  4. A quiz which must be completed with a score of 80% or better in order to proceed to evaluation by a faculty member
  5. An evaluation form to be downloaded and printed by the learner, and completed and signed by an evaluator

In order to fulfill all the components of each unit, the resident must read the objectives and content for each module and take the quiz. After passing the quiz, the resident participates in the simulation. The technical skills form can be used by faculty for evaluation in the simulation lab or during an operative procedure. A faculty evaluator signs the sheet and submits it to the program director. The resident then completes a simulation while a program director or surgeon observes and scores an evaluation checklist. Completing the module allows the resident to gain practical experience before entering the operating room; however, the evaluation of procedures can also be performed in hospital settings under the guidance of an experienced physician. 

The CREOG Task Force was the evolution of the Surgical Collaborative in Ob-Gyn (SCOG), a group of educators representing a number of organizations initially brought together by Linda Brubaker, MD, with the goal of working together to improve surgical training for ob-gyn residents. At the same time, the ACOG Simulation Consortium, developed under the leadership of ACOG vice president for Education, Sterling Williams, was developing useful tools for simulation to teach surgical skills. Carrying on the tremendous work done by SCOG, and with extensive contributions from the Simulation Consortium, four CREOG Surgical Skills Task Force members, with the tremendous support of Sandee Carson, MD, current vice president of Education, set out to develop units and provide CREOG program directors and faculty with the curriculum to teach, assess, and standardize technical skills for residents. The four Task Force members are Tamika Auguste, MD; Erika Banks, MD; Tony Ogburn, MD; and Steven Swift, MD. 

Some of the units are authored by Surgical Skills Task Force members and colleagues, while others were compiled by contributors from other organizations, including the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the Society of Family Planning, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Urogynecologic Society, the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Members of the CREOG Surgical Skills Task Force have enjoyed building the units by combining a wide range of information. Task Force member Erika Banks, MD hopes that program directors and coordinators find the units “useful for resident education and evaluation."

To contribute simulations, videos, or procedures to the Surgical Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology, or send comments about any of the units that can be found online, please contact Anne Arnold, Director of Education Programs at ACOG, at aarnold@acog.org

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