From research projects to morning lectures, there are a variety of opportunities where Mercy residents can learn from attending faculty, guest speakers and other residents – both at Mercy and in other settings.
Incoming residents refresh their knowledge base and ease the transition from medical student to physician in the “Genesis” course which is offered annually. This multi-day Mercy course takes place during the last week of June, before residency starts.
Daily Morning Report
Resident to resident education, tempered with attending faculty presence and support, is fostered in daily Morning Report sessions. These provide an open forum to discuss current inpatient cases, clinical dilemmas, and patient management during the hand-off process.
Friday Morning Lectures
Friday Mornings are reserved for formal instruction and lectures in a variety of styles, including formal presentations, Gyn M&M, OB M&M, simulated training, Mock Clinicals/Mock Orals, and round-table discussions.. A variety of pertinent topics are covered, including CREOG and ACOG objectives. Didactics protected time is every Friday, from 8am – 12 noon.
Third and fourth year residents have the opportunity to travel overseas to learn and perform surgeries at their most basic level. Residents have worked in Cambodia, Rwanda, Dominican Republic, and Ghana to provide care for those who otherwise may not have been able to have these sometimes life-saving procedures. This is part of Mercy’s tradition of ministry to the poor and sick of the world and past residents have found the experience invaluable. A financial allowance will be provided to help offset trip costs.
Monthly Grand Rounds alternately feature guest speakers who discuss pertinent issues in OB/GYN, and third year residents who present significant clinical topics.
Monthly Journal Club
Monthly Journal Clubs, moderated by residents in conjunction with a faculty preceptor and our statistician, often meet at a selection of Chicago’s popular restaurants and are well attended by faculty and residents alike. These informal exchanges typify the congenial atmosphere of the Mercy OB/GYN residency program.
Occasionally Mercy participates in the local Residency Fairs. These fairs, hosted by area medical schools allow medical students to interact with representatives from a wide range of residency programs where they can discuss admission requirements, available financial aid, program specialties, etc.
Annual Research Night
Each year, at the Annual Research Night, our residents have the opportunity to present their research projects before a visiting professor and an audience of peers and faculty, including a panel of judges for competition.
All residents are required to present their research project to the Research Committee before the Annual Research Night. In their 3rd year, residents are required to complete their research presentation; in their 4th year they are required to develop a poster and/or author a publication.
The Chicago Gynecological Society
Each year, The Chicago Gynecological Society hosts a Resident Paper Competition and an OB/GYN Jeopardy-type competition.
Mercy residents compete against all of the residency programs in the Chicagoland area.