The objective of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals is to provide residents with the educational opportunity to become fully competent in the practice and principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

This plan provides the framework for residents to develop competence as primary care providers and consultants in diseases common to women. To fulfill the objective of this plan, the resident must take an active role in their education and make the transition from the gaining of knowledge (medical school) to the practice of medicine (residency). Residency provides the opportunity to further develop their intellectual curiosity, dedication to patient care, clinical competence, technical skills, science of disease, and life-long yearning for this knowledge which was introduced during medical school.

The progression from assistant to practitioner is accomplished in a step-by-step fashion throughout the residency. The first year is dedicated to learning the basics of patient care and the basics of the disciplines of the specialty. In the second and third years, more mastery of the specialty with increasing responsibility for patient management is expected. By the fourth year, residents should be able to function as supervised practitioners, with faculty acting as their consultants, and they should have sufficient knowledge and skills of the discipline to function as teachers of their fellow residents. During these four years, residents make the transition from assisting in the care of patients to assuming total responsibility for the care of the patient in a graduated fashion, as they develop competence and proficiency in diagnostic ability, technical skills, patient management, and professionalism.

This process requires sharing in the management of patients with the faculty. The faculty respects the privilege to participate and share in the lives of their patients in the very intimate manner this specialty demands. The faculty (and the patients) extends to the residents this privilege by allowing residents to share in this care. It is with this understanding that the educational framework of faculty instruction and supervision of residents is provided. The faculty can and do provide the framework, but the onus for learning lies on the resident.

In summary, the SIU School of Medicine Residency Program is designed and structured to provide comprehensive training in obstetrics and gynecology. Below is a summary of the competencies expected and the tools of assessment for these competencies.

Medical Knowledge

Surgical Skills

Patient Care

Interpersonal & Communication Skills


Practice-Based Learning & Improvement

System-Based Practice