The postgraduate education program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University is designed to train residents to practice as competent Generalists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and successfully complete the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ qualifying examination. For most residents, the training program will be five years in length. Completion of the entire program depends on satisfactory completion of each of the components within the program.
The Residency Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University is a competency-based program consisting of rotations at 3 of the hospitals in the city of Hamilton as well as many hospitals in the surrounding communities. The hospitals in Hamilton are themselves coordinated in a series of regional programs which concentrate specialized facilities at certain hospitals and provide mutual support for other specialized facilities which are needed at all hospitals. The results are that the residents receive a great variety of clinical experience from the large referral base.
The program uses the Entrusted Professional Activities (EPA) list developed by the Specialty Committee of the Royal College as a basis for evaluation. Additionally, using the CANMEDS framework, the postgraduate program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University has additional goals and objectives for each of the rotations that we feel are critical for competence in training as a consultant in the specialty. A minimum standard for performance in all CANMEDS domains, along with successful completion of all EPAs, is necessary to merit advancement in the residency program.