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Curriculum

Curriculum and Rotation Roster

The overall goal of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National University Health System is to provide academic environment that promotes a structured educational experience. It is dedicated towards effective and efficient patient care, stressing a graduated experience of resident responsibility. We aim to provide holistic medical training to develop evidence-based and compassionate clinicians, in a vibrant academic environment and a culture of continual improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1:  

Residents rotate through Obstetrics, Gynecology and Primary Care Blocks. The Obstetric rotation involves posting to delivery suite where residents learn about the mechanism of normal labor and conduct normal vaginal deliveries. The Gynecology rotation exposes residents to the management of gynecological problems in the outpatient setting as well as basic surgical skills in gynecological surgery. The Primary Care rotation exposes residents to health screening and immunizations in the hospital and community setting (polyclinics). During Primary Care blocks, residents are also rotated to the Fetal Care Centre where they receive 1 to 1 ultrasound training, equipping them with skills to perform ultrasound evaluation of OBGYN conditions in ambulatory settings.

 

Year 2: 

 

Residents rotate through similar blocks as in Year 1 but with added responsibilities. In obstetric blocks, residents learn about the management of abnormal labor. They assist in instrumental deliveries and cesarean deliveries, and perform cesarean births under direct supervision. In Gynecology, they are expected to perform basic surgical procedures like evacuation of uterus, dilatation and curettage independently. They further develop their basic surgical skills by assisting in major operations like hysterectomies, and laparoscopic procedures.  In Primary Care, they also learn about the management of the high risk obstetric patient with medical problems like diabetes and autoimmune conditions.

 

 

Year 3: 

 

Residents assume more responsibilities and autonomy in the outpatient and inpatient management of cases. They are exposed to subspecialties training including gynecological oncology, reproductive endocrinology, and urogynecology.  In subspecialty clinics, the residents see patients alongside faculty, ensuring adequate 1 to 1 supervision with quality education. They also start performing more complicated gynecological major operations in theatre under faculty supervision. 

 

Year 4:  

Chief residents assume autonomy in outpatient, inpatient and theatre management of OBGYN cases with the backup of faculty. They are responsible for the teaching of junior residents and medical students. Upon successful completion Year 4, the resident will graduate from residency and enter a 2 years advanced training program prior to specialist accreditation by the Specialist Accreditation Board of Singapore.