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The First National Summit on Women's Health: The Future of Obstetrics and Gynecology Training

Brown, Haywood L., MD; Carson, Sandra A., MD; Lawrence, Hal C. III, MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002797
Medical Education: Consensus Statement: PDF Only

OBJECTIVE: To identify the current challenges in obstetrics and gynecology residency education and propose solutions to overcome these obstacles.

METHODS: 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.

RESULTS: 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.

CONCLUSION: 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.

Representatives of several organizations must work together work to address priorities identified at the First National Summit on Women's Health and reach consensus on the curricular content of core training in obstetrics and gynecology.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina; and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington DC.

Corresponding author: Sandra A. Carson, MD, Vice President of Education, Emeritus, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Adjunct Professor, Warren Albert Medical School, Brown University email: scarson@acog.org.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

The authors thank Erica Flynn, Heather Friedman, and Brian Kirkland for their assistance in the transcription of Summit discussions.

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

Received April 03, 2018

Received in revised form May 23, 2018

Accepted June 20, 2018

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