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The labor of training a physician

Posted 22 July 2014 by Dr. von Gruenigen

It takes years to train physicians. I am not exaggerating. Years.

Four years of college are followed by four years of medical school. This is followed by 4 years of residency in OB/GYN. Some physicians further their training by completing 3 year fellowships, for example, in gynecologic oncology. Along with medical knowledge, it is important to teach other skills.

According to the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), residency programs use standard tools to assess the medical education process. The six competencies include patient care, medical knowledge, appraisal of medical literature, communication, professionalism, and patient safety.

In the spring, Summa's Department of OB/GYN had their yearly residency retreat. This retreat is held off campus as a time to reflect on how we are training our future physicians. We assess opportunities on how to improve the educational process. It helps the team prepare for the new academic year which starts in July. This year we went to Camp Y-Noah for the added benefit of participating in team building exercises. For example, how to navigate an obstacle course with many physicians including a particular middle aged woman.

At the end of their fourth and final year we have a party to celebrate the resident's education. We invite their family and friends along with faculty. We commemorate achievements with awards and honors. Attached is a picture from our graduation dinner. Of course, we also have funny slide shows and skits as we prescribe to fun every day!

It takes a village to train physicians and I'm proud to be a part of that process. I'd also like to thank all of the health professionals from the Summa Health System who subscribe to this blog. All of you have helped train these physicians and I . . . we . . .thank you.

Vivian E. von Gruenigen, M.D.
Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynecologic Oncologist
Summa Health System
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  • Ginnie Abell said: 7/24/2014 2:31 PM

    Years of intense training has produced such great docs--plus all those smiling faces. Ginnie

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