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Obstetrics (Maternity Care)

Residents at Highland Family Medicine receive comprehensive training at the Family Maternity Center at Highland Hospital, the busiest hospital maternity service in Rochester with approximately 3000 deliveries per year. Besides the Family Medicine faculty, residents have the opportunity to work with community family physicians, midwives, lactation consultants, pediatric nurse practitioners, and community obstetricians. Basic ultrasound training is provided in the first block that the resident spends at the Family Maternity Center.

All residents spend two mObstetricsonths at the Family Maternity Center and typically perform 50-70 deliveries. They work with a team comprised of Family Medicine Maternal Child Health fellows, senior OB residents, emergency medicine interns, certified nurse midwives, and medical students.

Residents who choose the Maternity Care Track spend an additional three months working at the Family Maternity Center where they assume increasing amounts of responsibility including care of more complex medical complications of pregnancy and labor, supervision of family medicine and emergency medicine interns, and teaching of medical students.

Residents on other outpatient rotations rotate through the weekly half-day prenatal clinic at Highland Family Medicine. Precepted by family medicine attendings who perform maternity care, it offers a concentrated learning experience in providing prenatal care. Residents also see their own continuity prenatal patients in their regular clinic sessions, or in group prenatal visits provided at Highland Family Medicine as a Centering Pregnancy site. Interested residents can choose to take additional continuity patients.


Outpatient Gynecology and Gynecology Procedures

Gynecology teaching is a major part of every resident’s office practice, with many opportunities to learn well woman care, provide contraception, diagnose and treat STIs, and manage common gynecologic problems. Procedural training includes IUD insertion, Nexplanon insertion, endometrial biopsy, and colposcopy in the Colposcopy/GYN Procedure clinic held weekly at Highland Family Medicine and supervised by Family Medicine attendings with specialized training. Both Brown Square and Highland Family Medicine residents rotate through this clinic. Additional experiences are in other GYN specialty areas including Urogynecology and Reproductive Genetics. 


Abortion Training

During the gynecology rotation, residents spend one half-day at Planned Parenthood to observe options counseling and pregnancy termination services. It is a strictly observational experience and does not involve residents in directly providing medical or surgical abortion. The intent is to give residents a more comprehensive understanding of the abortion procedure including medical eligibility and pre-procedure workup and the opportunity to observe abortion procedures. Residents who feel that this shadowing experience is not consistent with their personal beliefs may opt out and are scheduled for office and teaching instead.

Residents also have the opportunity to observe or participate in providing medication abortion care at Highland Family Medicine under the supervision of family medicine doctors in a primary care setting. This training experience allows resident involvement in direct patient care and provides them with both practical and counseling skills. Residents may opt out of this experience as well.

Surgical abortion training is available to those residents strongly interested in gaining procedural competency with an intent to provide this service in their future practices. The program’s RHEDI grant helped train 2 family medicine faculty members who will work part-time at Planned Parenthood and provide this experience for family medicine learners. The purpose of this elective experience is to obtain training in first trimester medical and surgical abortions, as well as first trimester ultrasound. Participants use elective time to work with family medicine faculty at local and regional Planned Parenthood affiliates. Travel is required. Time off from both clinic and certain rotations is permitted to accommodate the scheduling of these experiences.