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Our Goal: Fellowship Ready on Day 1

The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) is concerned about the difficulty residents face in transitioning from residency to fellowship and other post-residency training programs. With roughly 35% of ob-gyn residents pursuing additional training after graduation, the tight turnaround from the end of residency (June 30) and the proximity of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Qualifying Board Exam (last Monday in June) to the start of fellowship July 1 has potential for a negative impact on resident well-being, as well as on fellowship education and patient care.

CREOG has engaged the resident and fellowship communities regarding this issue, and recommends delaying the start of fellowship programs and staggering fellowship interviews

 

Easing the Transition: Our Recommendations

1. Delay Fellowship Start Dates

Fellowship programs to start no earlier than July 7, 2021.

  • Move is consistent with trend in other specialties seeking to address wellness and readiness (pediatrics, surgery, and orthopedics fellowships already start July 7th or after)

2. Stagger Interviewing

Staggering of Subspecialty Interviews for 2021. 

  • Previous organization of clustered local/regional interview weeks can still easily work within this framework.  
  • Model in the COFTOG schema (AJOG Call to Action), but open to future subspecialty discussion/coordination

Proposed Interview Schedule

May 20-29

Open

May 27-June 5

Open

June 3-12

GYN ONC

June 10-19

MFM

June 17-26

REI

June 24-July 3

MIGS/Open

July 1-10

GYN ONC

July 8-17

MFM

July 15-24

REI

July 22-31

MIGS/FFP

July 29-August 7

GYN ONC

 August 5-14

MFM

August 12-21

REI

August 19-28

MIGS/FFP

August 26-September 4

 Open

September 2-12

Open/FFP

 

Ob-Gyn Fellowship Start Date Frequently Asked Questions

Delaying the start of fellowship programs to no earlier than July 7 or later than July 15 would facilitate the following:

  • Allow residents to fully complete their final year of residency training without having to manipulate schedules or use vacation or paid leave to personally manage the transition
  • Provide residents with time to relocate and accommodate new institution/fellowship orientation
  • Avoid overlap of the 4th of July holiday
  • Afford residents time to prepare for the ABOG Qualifying Board Examination without pressure of immediately starting fellowship training
  • Separate the start dates of new residents and new fellows providing a more stable clinical learning environment for all learners and for patients
  • Allow incoming fellows time to rest and reflect on both their residency and their next stage of training prior to fully engaging in their new role
  • Lessen the impact of a stressful move and transition for families of residents

Feedback from residents and fellows regarding this change has been overwhelmingly positive. Concerns regarding the loss of salary, visa limitations, and health insurance coverage have been raised. These frequently asked questions address those concerns and others to assist programs and fellows with the recommendation of a delayed fellowship start date.

Read the frequently asked questions below, or download as a PDF.

 

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