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OB/GYN- FAQ's for Prospective Residents

Frequently Asked Questions

“What about ACGME accreditation and the single pathway?”

The GSHMC OB/GYN Residency is a well-established residency that began in 1999 as an AOA accredited program. In 2017 we became accredited by the ACGME.

"Will I be able to meet the residents in the program?"

You are offered the opportunity to speak to the program’s residents, without the presence of faculty. There are some questions that can really best be answered by residents participating in the program. This opportunity generally presents itself during the interview day. We always set aside time for the candidates to meet informally and interact with our residents.

"Is there graduated responsibility as you advance in PGY?"

The more experience and skill that residents obtain, the more proficient they become at independently assessing and rendering treatment. Graduated responsibility over the course of a residency program is required to produce competent self-sufficient physicians. Our program has clearly defined goals for our residents and a defined method of ensuring residents meet those milestones to continue progressing in their training.

"What is the relationship like between the residents?"

Your co-residents and interns become a very significant part of your life. If there is conflict and undue competition between the residents, this may be an environment that is not supportive and conducive to education. Residency involves a large commitment of time and hard work.  You need to be surrounded by people who interact well and are supportive of each other. During the day of your interview, you can get a feel for the culture at GSHMC, however, the best way is to do a rotation in the hospital you are considering.

"What is the relationship like between the attendings and the residents?"

One of the built in features of our program is to foster positive relationships between our residents and attendings.  These interactions include one-to-one mentor meetings, social events and informal opportunities. In evaluating a program, you should ask: Do they get along together? Do they have a good time together? Do they dislike each other? Are these the kinds of people that you are going to enjoy working with for four years?

"What is the workload like?"

Who makes the schedule and is it fair and reasonable? Are you always so busy that you are completely exhausted and could not possibly have the time or energy to read? Is the patient load sufficient for you to develop procedural and clinical proficiency as an OB/GYN physician?  At Good Samaritan we believe we have a comprehensive patient mix, with a reasonable workload, many interesting clinical cases but allowing enough time for academics and other interests.

"Is there any support for you and your family?"

Residency is a full-time job and then some. No matter what field or institution you choose, you are going to spend a lot of time away from home. In our program we regularly organize special events where residents, their immediate families and/or significant others can participate. It gives a chance for the most important people in our lives to be included in our residency family. At Good Samaritan, we also foster relationships through regular individual resident meetings with a faculty, as well as general residency meetings where there is a forum to discuss issues which the residents would like addressed.