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Duty Hours: Resident duty hours in Obstetrics and Gynecology are intended to provide continuous patient care in a manner which allows the resident adequate opportunity for personal development, health, and leisure. Our department follows the ACGME requirements for duty hour restrictions.
1. In-house resident duties will not exceed 80 hours per week, averaged over 4 weeks.
2. After 24 hours in-house, a resident may not evaluate new admissions. He/she may continue to work with established patients in-house, see patients in clinic, go to the OR, or attend didactics for an additional 4 hours. This is the policy for second-, third- and fourth-year residents. First-year residents may not have more than 16 consecutive hours of duty.
3. Residents will have 10 hours between the end of one shift and the beginning of the next.
4. Residents will have at least 24 continuous hours off each week.
5. Regular monitoring of duty hours will be done.
Contracts: Resident appointments are renewed annually based upon mutual agreement between the Director of the program and the resident.
Licensure: All residents are required to have a license to practice medicine in the state of South Carolina. Depending on individual circumstances, this license may be a limited or permanent license. You must apply for licensure prior to beginning work at Palmetto Health.
Outside Education: Resident attendance and participation in continuing education programs is encouraged. Second- third- and fourth-year residents are supported financially for one trip per year. Additional expense allowances may be paid for those residents presenting scientific papers at local, regional or national meetings.
Residents are given paid time off to sit for the USMLE, Step III and for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Written Examination.
Examinations: The CREOG In-Training examination is given each January in accordance with the recommendations of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Oral examinations are given in the spring of each year. An annual conference with the Program Director further ensures that you are meeting all requirements of the program and gives you the opportunity to discuss strengths, weaknesses, problems and suggestions.
Junior Fellows: Funding is provided for payment of yearly dues for each resident to be a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Your active participation in this excellent educational opportunity is encouraged.
Exclusions: The department offers counseling on all methods of contraception, family planning, adoption placement and pregnancy terminations. Termination of pregnancy for medical indications and elective terminations are performed in both first and second trimesters. Resident may opt out of this training if desired; however, training in the management of complications of such procedures is required.
Lab Coats & Pagers: Each resident is provided four laboratory coats at no charge. Four laboratory coats are provided for first-year residents with replacement as needed. Each resident is provided a Palmetto Health Richland pager for the duration of the program.