Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Didactics


Residents have weekly protected time from clinical duties to attend didactic lectures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7-8 AM, and Grand Rounds on Wednesdays from 8-9 AM. In addition to this protected time, there are several educational sessions every week specific to each service.

Grand Rounds

Grand rounds are a weekly one-hour lecture series that takes place on Wednesday morning at 8 AM. The series is comprised of lectures given by invited guest speakers, named lectureships, Chief Resident and Fellow presentations and our renowned Quality Improvement series. A broad range of topics are covered ranging from preventative medicine to cutting-edge research, advanced clinical matters and medical education. These are presented in a formal setting attended by all faculty, residents, fellows, medical students, nurses and administrators within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Resident Didactic Series

The resident didactic series take place every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 7 AM and covers a broad range of learning objectives and competencies necessary to achieve proficiency in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. These lectures are attended by residents and medical students. The series is comprised of both general OB/GYN and subspecialty lectures based on the CREOG Educational Objectives: Core Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology laid out over a two-year curriculum. In addition to these standing lectures are several presentations that bring to light the importance of other medical subspecialties’ care of women, quality improvement, financial planning for residents, and even caring for patients in the digital age. These lectures are tailored to the need of the academic year.

  • Ambulatory OB/GYN Lecture Series 
    The Co-Director of the Resident Ambulatory Practice, Dr. Celeste Royce, tailors this lecture series to educate residents on the fundamentals of the specialty and the day-to-day management of patients in the office setting.
  • Essential Reading Series 
    This is an educational series by the, Dr. Anastasia Koniaris, Assistant Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of the series each academic year is based on the previous year’s CREOG-ITE exam.
  • Family Planning Lecture Series 
    The Family Planning Section offers a rigorous didactic component, being a Ryan Training Program, with topics on the various modalities of abortion, managing post-abortion complications, contraceptive options counseling and a comprehensive review of all methods of contraception with an emphasis on long-acting reversible contraception. This series is led by Course Director, Siri Nippita, MD, MPH.
  • Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Lecture Series 
    Under the direction of Dr. Roger Lefevre, the faculty of both BIDMC and Mount Auburn Hospital teach about urogynecologic conditions and the various surgical and non-surgical treatments.
  • Global & Community Health Lecture Series 
    This insightful lecture series is under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Scott with lectures given by providers from all over the Boston area who provide insight into their experiences here and abroad working with underserved populations and the process of getting global or community health projects off the ground.
  • Gynecologic Oncology Lecture Series 
    Under the direction of Dr. Leslie Garrett, this series focuses on cancers of the reproductive system, treatment options and the associated post-operative care.
  • Journal Club 
    Journal Club is guided by our Director of Epidemiologic Research, Michele Hacker, ScD, MSPH. However, the articles are selected by a designated PGY 3 resident, each taking their turn throughout the year. The resident chooses a peer-reviewed article of interest to them to discuss with their peers and faculty involved in that particular area of interest.
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Lecture Series 
    Dr. Brett Young oversees these lectures focused on causes, surveillance and management of high-risk pregnancies in conjunction with our MFM fellows.
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Lecture Series 
    Under the direction of Dr. Hye-Chun Hur, residents learn the most up-to-date methods and evidence behind laparoscopic, hysteroscopic and robotic procedures.
  • M&M’s 
    Our Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held every-other-month during which cases from the Ambulatory setting, Gynecology and Obstetrics are peer-reviewed in an oral board-style manner with faculty and fellow residents in order to help prepare residents.
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Lecture Series 
    These lectures are jointly led by the faculty at Boston IVF and the REI fellows and cover everything from common endocrinology disorders to the latest technology in reproductive science.
  • Surgical Committee 
    This is a monthly meeting in which residents present pre-operative patients from the Resident Ambulatory Practice to faculty surgeons to devise an appropriate surgical plan.
  • Vulvar/Colposcopy Lecture Series 
    This invaluable lecture series given by our Colposcopy and Laser Surgery Unit Director, Dr. Liz Buechler, focuses on women with benign and pre-invasive disease involving the vulva, vagina and cervix.
Minimally Invasive Surgical Education Program

The BIDMC residency program offers a structured minimally invasive surgery simulation and teaching program as part of the formal resident didactic series. Under the supervision of Dr. Hye-Chun Hur; the goal of this program is to improve resident skills, speed and proficiency in minimally invasive techniques in a skills laboratory in order to maximize the clinical surgical experience and patient safety. Residents use simulated surgical techniques in the state of the art Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center [add link]. 
The Simulation and Skills Center, in which surgeons and residents from BIDMC gain proficiency in basic and advanced minimally invasive procedures, features a number of different and sophisticated simulators. The residents participate in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) program, which is a comprehensive program that includes a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. Residents must pass the FLS test prior to graduation, which measures cognitive knowledge, case/problem management skills and manual dexterity. The simulation lab provides OB/GYN residents an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, scientifically accepted format, and to test cognitive, surgical decision-making, and technical skills, all with the goal of improving the quality of patient care.

OB Simulation

This annual CRICO-sponsored simulation course utilizes the Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center and provides hands-on training needed in various obstetrical emergencies; including obstetrical hemorrhage, eclampsia, vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery and shoulder dystocia.

Perinatal Conference

Perinatology conference is a weekly interdisciplinary one-hour seminar conducted by the faculty of the divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine and Neonatology. MFM fellows are responsible for organizing this conference. Presentations and discussions are case-oriented and focus on current complex clinical issues managed by the Maternal-Fetal Medicine service. Attendees include medical students, residents, fellows, faculty, nursing and social service workers. Representatives from a number of consultative services attend regularly to contribute special expertise in Genetics, Radiology, Endocrinology, Hematology, Cardiology, Nephrology and Infectious Diseases.

Tumor Board

This weekly meeting is a multidisciplinary conference held every Wednesday morning attended by the Gynecologic Oncology division members and residents as well as pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, and radiation therapists to discuss each patient’s clinical course and treatment options.

Contact Information
Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215