Message from the Chairman(2)

John Rodis, MDThe Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at St Francis Hospital and Medical Center has a 60 year history of training well respected practitioners. The program has evolved over the years to incorporate the latest in technology, patient care, resident education and quality and safety measures. Our goal is to train physicians well equipped to provide healthcare for women across the spectrum of life.

The New Beginnings Family Birthcare program provides a family centered obstetrical experience. High Risk Obstetrics is provided by our 3 Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists in conjunction with our level III NICU. Our gynecologic surgeons and 3 Gynecologic Oncologists utilize minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. The department has embraced robotic surgery since it was first approved for gynecology. We currently have the latest DaVinci Si robot with teaching console and simulation package for our comprehensive robotic training program. Our Urogynecology division provides state of the art evaluation and treatment for pelvic floor disorders and incontinence. The Women’s Health Center gives the residents a single site to provide continuity of care for their patients during the four years of training. This center also has regularly scheduled subspecialty clinics for detailed evaluation and treatment. Our Obstetrical and Gynecological Ultrasound Division provides training for our residents as well as the University of Connecticut Radiology residents. The Ultrasound Division has state of the art 3-D imaging capability and provides diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in both obstetrics and gynecology.

Education is a departmental priority. Residents have daily conferences and weekly protected time for core lectures. The residents also benefit from departmental conferences, simulation experiences and attending regional conferences. Our structured resident research program helps residents prepare and present a research project during the course of residency. Other educational resources include a reference book collection, an on site library, high fidelity simulation center, on line internet access to many journals and databases, a generous book allowance and financial support for attending a course as a senior.

The hospital has had extensive upgrades to the physical plant. Our labor and delivery unit, NICU and ambulatory surgery unit are housed in a modern structure that was built in 1996. In 2011 we opened a new tower which houses modern, state of the art operating rooms, a new emergency department and a newly renovated post anesthesia care unit. The hospital uses a computer order entry and result system. The system also allows for viewing radiologic images and dictated reports. An integrated electronic medical record is used for obstetrics and incorporates antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum modules.

Our graduates enjoy a very high board pass rate, a good choice of job opportunities and the confidence of feeling well prepared to take care of their patients.