The Maternal-Child Health Curriculum is structured to teach residents to competently practice obstetrics upon graduation. Three members of our current obstetrical division are products of this training. Jefferson’s maternal-child health education involves a series of obstetrical block rotations in the first two years, family practice-obstetrics rotations in the second and third year (which include opportunities for senior residents to teach and mentor junior colleagues), and didactic case-based lectures and workshops (including participation in ALSO [Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics]). In addition, residents provide longitudinal continuity care to their Family Practice Center patients throughout their pregnancy and delivery. Supervision of prenatal care is provided by four family medicine faculty members, including one who is double-boarded in both Obstetrics and Family Medicine. Three of these faculty supervise Family Practice Center continuity deliveries, with Ob/Gyn faculty available 24 hours a day for consultation and back-up. The FM and OB departments have enjoyed an excellent working relationship for many years. Family medicine residents admit to the antenatal unit, labor and delivery, the post-partum unit and the newborn nursery. Circumcisions and other procedures are taught as part of this experience. High volume obstetric experiences are available to any interested resident.
Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine
As a RHEDI site, we provide learning opportunities in reproductive health topics which include miscarriage management, contraception management, LARC training, and medication and procedural abortion training.