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The leadership and faculty of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) are committed to superior resident training.

 

Residency training in our institution is a broad clinical experience supported by state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, excellent staff support, and an optimal environment for resident education.

 

Founded in 1891, UTMB incorporates the educational programs, hospital resources, and research enterprise of a preeminent health science center. Today, it claims approximately one-fourth of the state's physicians as alumni. Obstetrics & Gynecology is one of the original departments of the Medical Branch, providing over 100 years of specialty training. The institutional tradition of medical education is reflected in the superior quality of residency training in obstetrics and gynecology.

 

Department Goal

 

The primary goal of UTMB's Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Training Program is to offer residents a broad experience that will prepare them to function as independent practitioners or to enter academic fellowship programs. To achieve this, the faculties have established a balanced schedule offering organized teaching and learning activities, clinical experience, and research opportunities.

 

Educational goals in resident training are facilitated by the following:

·         Residents actively interact with a 24-hour-a-day in-house faculty supervisor;

·         Full-time faculties have offices adjacent to the Ob/Gyn area within the UTMB hospitals;

·         Ob/Gyn faculties and residents work closely with other clinical and basic science faculties;

·         The Department supervise the Labor & Delivery suite, OR suite and provides extensive services in the University Hospital Clinics, Ultrasound clinics, Bay Colony clinic and RMCHP clinics;

·         Patient referrals from across the state provide challenging clinical experiences in a strong academic environment.

·         The Department provides opportunities for extensive experience in primary care.

Graduates of our residency program engage in academic endeavors, fellowship training, and private practice throughout the United States.

 

 

 

Department Overview

 

As one of the first departments in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has provided over 100 years of specialty training, patient care, and research. A number of distinguished physicians have directed the Department: J.F.Y. Paine (1890-1910), G.H. Lee (1910-1924), W.R. Cooke (1924-1954), G.L. Jarvis (1954-1959), William J. McGanity (1959-1988), Garland D. Anderson (1989-2007) and Gary D.V. Hankins (2007 - present).

 

Today, the Department is responsible for approximately 40 percent of all outpatients seen in the 14 clinical departments on the campus. Annually, the Department admits over 5,000 obstetric patients and 1,300 gynecologic patients.

 

Since the 1960s, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has operated the second largest family planning program in Texas. At present, the Department has more than 30,000 family planning visits per year, with patients receiving a full range of services through a combination of Title X and Title XX funding. Family planning services are also offered in 12 different locations throughout 40 east and southeast Texas counties. In addition, the Department provides obstetric, consultative gynecologic, cancer screening, and well-child services to Texans in 50 medically underserved counties.

 

The Department is responsible for obstetric and gynecologic care of female prisoners of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Prison at Gatesville and in the TDCJ Hospital at UTMB. The Department also participates in the care of private patients through UT-MED, the Group Practice of Medicine at UTMB.

 

Patient Care

 

A team approach to patient care is an intrinsic part of the Residency Training Program. A chief resident heads each of the Obstetrics and Gynecology services and, in consultation with the attending faculty, is responsible for the patients on that service. Responsibility for an individual patient is delegated to junior house staff by the chief resident, subject to faculty approval, according to the individual resident's level of training and competence.

 

Residents are assigned to Continuity-clinics during their four years consisting of residents from each year level and a faculty advisor. Each continuity team has assigned clinic time and nursing staff. All residents attend daily rounds and weekly teaching conferences that prepare them to present and review current cases. Daily consultation rounds with the Ob/Gyn attending physicians provide a close teaching relationship between the faculty and residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research

 

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is committed to developing major research programs in both basic and clinical investigations. Basic science investigations are focused on uterine contractility, gynecologic infectious diseases, ovarian function, and insulin resistance. Department researchers are increasing their focus on health care delivery, and their clinical investigations encompass oxygen saturation in the fetus, pathogenesis of endometrial cancer, physical abuse in teenage pregnancies, and drug and alcohol abuse by pregnant teens. Our Department's goal is to become one of the country's top 10 obstetrics and gynecology departments receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. A large staff assists our primary investigators, and students and residents are encouraged to help in ongoing studies.  The department are members of  multiple national research networks funded by NIH: Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Unit Network (PI- G Hankins); Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network (PI- G Saade); Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit Network (PI- G Saade); Genomic- Proteomic Network (PI- R Bukowski); Women Reproductive Health Research (PI- G Hankins); Gynecology Oncology Clinical Trials.

 

 

 

Divisions

 

The full-time, on-site faculty of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is structured into four divisions that provide in-depth coverage of the department's responsibilities. The organizational structure of the Department comprises the Divisions of Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Regional Maternal & Child Health Program and the Private Practice OB/GYN.

 


 

Gynecology

Russell Snyder, MD Professor, Division Chief

Mostafa Borahay, M.D. Instructor

Catherine Hansen, MD, Assistant Professor

Mary Claire Haver, MD Associate Residency Program Director, Assistant Professor

Catalin D Jurnalov, MD Associate Professor, Female Pelvic Medicine

Gokhan S Kilic, MD Assistant Professor

Tristi Muir, MD Assistant Professor, Director- Female Pelvic Medicine

Pooja Patel, M.D. Instructor

Virginia Rauth, M.D Associate Professor

Ana M Rodriguez, MD Assistant Professor

Kathleen Vincent, MD Assistant Professor

 

Gynecology Oncology

Lyuba Levine, MD Assistant Professor

Gwyn Richardson, MD Assistant Professor

 

Maternal Fetal Medicine

George Saade, MD Professor, Division Chief

Gary DV Hankins, MD Professor, Chairman

Shannon Clark, MD Assistant Professor

Maged Costantine, MD Assistant Professor

Hassan Harirah, MD Associate Professor

Sangeeta Jain, MD Assistant Professor,

     Clerkship Director

Michel Makhlouf, MD Assistant Professor

Ramkumar Menon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Perinatal Research

Mary B Munn, MD Assistant Professor,

     Ultrasound Director

Gayle Olson Koutrouvelis, MD Associate

     Professor, Fellowship Director

Luis Pacheco, MD, Assistant Professor

Tony Wen, MD Assistant Professor, Residency

     Program Director

Sanmaan Basraon, MD Fellow

Ramzy Nakad, MD Fellow

Aaron Poole, M.D Fellow

 

Regional Maternal & Child Health Program

Carolyn Nelson Becker, EdD CNM Director-

     RMCHP

Katherine Golden Beck, RN MS

Cathy McLean RN WHCNP MSN

Susan L Nilsen, CNM

 

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

John Phelps, MD Associate Professor, Director- REI

Edward Smith, PhD Associate Professor

Chandrasekhar Yallampalli, DVM PhD, Distinguished Professor

 

Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

Abbey Berenson, MD Professor, Director-

     Pediatric & Adolescent Gyn

Jeffery R Temple, PhD

Patricia van den Berg, PhD

 

Private Practice OB/GYN

Perry Fulcher, MD Chief

Christine Abair, MD

Kathleen Griffis, MD

Truong Nguyen, MD

Hemamalini Pilla, MD

Gina Rizzo, MD


 

Evaluation

 

At the end of each rotation, a 360 evaluation of the resident's performance is conducted by faculty, nurses, fellows, and peers. Nurse practitioners and medical students also participate in the evaluation process. Evaluations are shared on an individual basis with the resident during a semi-annual meeting with the program director. This information, along with the annual results of the CREOG-in-training examination, gives the resident an opportunity for self-assessment, highlighting areas of achievement and identifying areas that require further concentration. Progression to the next level of responsibility is contingent upon the resident's satisfactory performance in the cognitive and clinical aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, among other factors.

  

Overview of Rotation Year (does not represent exact sequencing)

 

PGY 1

Family Medicine

GYN

OB Days

OB Nights

Wards

Reproductive Endrocrinology and Infertility

USG/Genetics

 

Vacation

 

 

4 weeks

12 weeks

12 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

2 weeks

 

3 weeks

 
                     

PGY 2

Gyn Oncology

GYN

OB Days

OB Nights

Triage/ER

Research

SICU

Breast 

Vacation

 

 

6 weeks

6 weeks

12 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

4 weeks

2 weeks 

3 weeks

 
                     

PGY 3

Gyn Oncology

Gyn

OB Days

OB Nights

Antepartum

Corpus Christi (gyn)

REI *Offsite

MD Anderson*

Vacation

 

 

3 weeks

6 weeks

12 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

3 weeks

 
                     

PGY 4

Gyn Oncology

Gyn

OB Days

OB Nights

Consult/USG

Beaumont (gyn)

UROGYN

Vacation

 

 

6 weeks

6

12 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

 3 weeks

 

 

UTMB – The Institution:

Education

 

The education of health care professionals is a primary mission of UTMB. In 1891, the first enrollment of the Medical Department began with 23 students and a 13-member faculty. Today, approximately 2,500 students are enrolled in degree and residency training programs administered by UTMB's four schools and two institutes.

 

As a leader in scientific and humanistic medical education, the School of Medicine offers a four-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree. The faculty and administration are committed to continuing the school's tradition of excellence. Fourteen clinical and six basic science departments, each with a full-time staff, direct the various teaching programs for the school's 800 students.

 

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers master's- and doctorate-level programs in nearly all phases of the medical sciences. Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in anatomy, biochemistry, human genetics and cell biology, micro-biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology, physiology and biophysics, and preventive medicine and community health. Also offered are the Master of Science in biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, and preventive medicine and community health; the Master of Medical Science for individuals who hold the M.D. degree; and Master of Science in Nursing.

 

The School of Allied Health Sciences was established at UTMB in 1968 and now has an enrollment of over 400 students. The first of its kind in the Southwest, the school prepares students to enter a number of health-related occupations. Study areas include occupational therapy, physical therapy, health information management, medical technology, health-related studies, and physician's assistant studies. Graduate programs are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

 

The School of Nursing, the oldest in the Southwest, offers both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. Graduate programs are offered through the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the specialties of nursing management, primary care practice, advanced clinical nursing, and nursing education. The nursing school has ongoing continuing education programs.

 

The Marine Biomedical Institute investigates sea life as it relates to human health, and thus provides instructional and research opportunities for medical and graduate students. The Institute for the Medical Humanities was established in 1973, making UTMB one of the few centers in the United States to develop a program incorporating the humanities into its medical curricula.

 

UTMB Hospitals are approved for graduate medical education by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and for residency training in oral surgery by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. The house staff includes interns and residents who receive graduate training under supervision of the medical faculty, and fellows supervised by the medical and graduate faculty.

 

UTMB –Our Patient Care Resources

 

Since 1891, UTMB has continued to grow in size and stature, becoming one of the nation's major biomedical research and treatment centers and an internationally recognized health science institution. The campus has 73 major buildings on 86 acres of land, valued in excess of $750 million.

 

As Texas' only multi-categorical health science referral center, UTMB receives patients from throughout the state and beyond. Many patients are seeking primary care, while others are referred by physicians worldwide for the specialized diagnostic treatment resources distinctive to the large teaching and research center. Today, more than 28,000 inpatient admissions and 435,000 outpatient visits are logged annually.

 

UTMB's campus houses seven hospitals:

 

The John Sealy Hospital (now John Sealy Towers) opened in 1890 as the clinical teaching facility for the new medical school. With its 12-story, 528-bed tower and 22-room surgical suite, John Sealy Tower is the center of the patient care complex. The UTMB-affiliated Shriners Burns Institute is one of three in the United States operated by Shriners of North America that provides free care to burned children up to their eighteenth birthdays, regardless of race, religion, or relationship.