Fellow Perceptions of Residency Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Renata R. Urban, Amin A. Ramzan, David W. Doo, Henry L. Galan, Lorie Harper, Kenan Omurtag, Tyler M. Muffly, Jeanelle Sheeder, Saketh R. Guntupalli

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Objective: To evaluate the perceptions of current and former fellows in obstetrics and gynecology (OBG) subspecialties of their readiness for fellowship training. Methods: A previously used survey was modified and distributed in 2016 to current and former fellows in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology-infertility, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. The survey explored domains of professionalism, independent practice, psychomotor ability, clinical evaluation, and scholarship. A standard Likert scale was employed and domains/responses were tailored to each subspecialty. Standard statistical models were utilized. Results: A total of 478 fellows responded to the survey. Nearly 75% of fellows from each specialty reported feeling prepared or very prepared for fellowship. More than 65% of fellows from each specialty reported feeling very prepared to perform core surgical procedures. More than 90% of respondents reported having opportunities during residency to independently develop a plan of action for patients on labor and delivery. Fewer respondents reported opportunities to independently manage postoperative complications—40.7% of gynecologic oncology and 44.7% of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery reported having such opportunities, whereas 91.9% of maternal-fetal medicine respondents reported having had such opportunities. While 46.4% of respondents received education on scientific writing during residency, 80% reported writing a manuscript as a resident. Conclusions: The majority of current and former fellows in OBG subspecialties report feeling prepared for fellowship in terms of clinical and surgical skills. Their feedback reveals opportunities for improvement of independent practice in gynecologic scenarios, as well as formal education on scientific research, for OBG residencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Graduate medical education
  • Independent practice
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Patient Care
  • Preparedness for fellowship
  • Professionalism

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