The four-year curriculum recognizes your increasing skill and defining interests as a resident. As you gain clinical proficiency and medical expertise, you will assume greater direct patient care responsibility and increase your participation in the academic functions of the department.
Our training program is very dynamic. Through a consistent desire to continually improve our program, we are repeatedly looking for changes that will provide an even stronger educational experience for our residents. As technology has advanced and the needs of our residents changed, we have evolved. We gather this information of needed changes from a combination of current residents and recent graduates of the program and faculty. Recent examples of such changes include adding didactic sessions in the Banner Simulation Medical Center, rotations at the Veterans Administration Hospital and expansion of our gynecologic oncology experience to include Banner Desert Medical Center.
There are special curricular opportunities in simulation training, leadership training, advanced laparoscopy and family planning depending upon personal interests. All patients admitted to the OB/GYN service are "teaching service" patients. There is also a unique opportunity to learn about medical informatics and telemedicine. Banner Simulation Medical Center, the largest simulated training facility in the Southwest, was opened August 2006 and it is recognized as one of the vanguard centers by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).