Throughout the year, residents are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of events. These include:
R.T. Weaver Scientific Day
The R.T. Weaver Scientific Day provides an opportunity for our graduate students and our residents to present the research which they have recently completed. The event is attended by our department faculty from inside and outside of Hamilton, our reproductive biology graduate students and our residents.
The Annual R.T. Weaver Scientific Day was established in 1974 by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to honour the first academic Obstetrician in Hamilton and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Henderson Hospital. Dr. Weaver's leadership pre-dated and facilitated the establishment of the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. Read More
Resident Journal Club
The Resident Journal Club provides the opportunity for our residents to critically appraise and present recent literature in Obstetrics & Gynecology to Faculty and peers for further learning and discussion. Journal Clubs occur four times throughout the year. (Please see the Resident Protected Time Events Calendar for the year responsible to present)
Practice OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
The program officially schedules four OSCEs per year (2 junior and 2 senior level). These OSCEs attempt to cover all of the CANMEDS domains. They serve many purposes for the residents: identification of knowledge gaps, development of the skill of performing an OSCE, and awareness of the importance of all of the CANMEDS domains. The OSCE results are not used as part of the residents’ evaluations although they are reviewed by the program director so that any concerns can be identified and dealt with appropriately.
Aside from these regularly-scheduled OSCE sessions, there are a number of less formal OSCE sessions which occur prior to the Royal College exam for the PGY5 residents.
OSATS (Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills)
We have recently introduced these sessions into our program as a tool to better evaluate the development of skills of our residents. They are presently part of a research project evaluating their effectiveness as an evaluative tool however; it is likely that they will become a regular part of our curriculum.
CMAS Sessions (Centre for Minimal Access Surgery)
Throughout the year there are regularly scheduled academic sessions addressing the development of surgical skills related to Minimal Access Surgery. These sessions involve didactic sessions, hands on experience at the Center for Minimal Access Surgery and participation in pig labs led by the experts within our department.
Academic Half Day Schedule
Every Wednesday afternoon is the Academic Half Day (AHD) for the PGY2-PGY5 residents in Obstetrics & Gynecology. There is a two year rota of topics based upon the Royal College Objectives so that each resident should experience a session on each topic twice during their residency.
Grand Rounds and Site-based Education Rounds
The department holds Grand Rounds monthly, usually the first Wednesday of the month. Guest speakers from various departments both within McMaster and outside of McMaster, are invited to speak regarding their area of research interest. As well, each hospital site holds weekly education rounds for the residents and other learners to attend. Residents are required to present regularly at these educational rounds.