During these years, you will focus on completion of the subspecialty rotations, elective rotations, surgical rotations, and rotations as chief residents in the later part of PGY4 or in PGY5. Rotations consist of:
- Maternal Fetal Medicine (3 blocks)
- Prenatal Diagnosis Clinic (2 weeks)
- Ultrasound (1 block low-risk, 2 weeks high-risk)
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (3 blocks)
- Gynecologic Oncology (3 blocks)
- Urogynecology (3 blocks)
- Colposcopy (2-3 blocks)
- Laparoscopy (1-2 blocks)
- Senior Gynecology (3 blocks)
- Electives (6-9 blocks)
- Chief Obstetrics (2-4 blocks)
- Chief Gynecology (2-4 blocks)
- Senior Rotation (3-4 blocks)
During your residency, you have 6-9 blocks of elective time. There is the opportunity for electives outside of the province or even outside of the country as the residents are able to request three blocks away from the call schedule. It is expected that during these elective experiences, you will likely be doing call at the elective site in order to enhance your learning experience.
During your time as Chief Resident, you will spend time both at McMaster University Medical Centre and St. Joseph’s Hospital. The time is divided approximately equally between Obstetrics and Gynecology.
As Gynecology Chief, the you have general charge of the gynecologic wards and operating room, and carry out administrative responsibilities relative to other learners in the system. You are responsible for the staffing and conduct of the chief resident clinics, the consulting services including the emergency room, and the gynecologic operating room.
As Obstetrics Chief, the you have general charge of the labour and delivery area, the obstetrical wards and the consulting services in the Chief Resident Clinic. Again, the Chief Resident is responsible for administrative tasks such as making the on-call schedules, teaching junior learners, and delegating roles and responsibilities appropriately amongst the junior learners to ensure all have an excellent educational experience while on the rotation.
Prior to the Royal College exam the PGY5 residents will be scheduled on a Senior Rotation during which they will have significantly reduced clinical activity allowing them some preparation time prior to the exam, while also targeting learning opportunities that will be helpful for both exam preparation and transition to practice.