The Wright State University Affiliated Hospitals Integrated Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program is based at Miami Valley Hospital with rotations to the USAF Medical Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Miami Valley Hospital is an 848-bed, state-of-the-art tertiary referral hospital, and has the only tertiary maternity/neonatal care facility in a 17-county area of Southwest Ohio. The USAF Medical Center, Wright-Patterson, is one of the largest Air Force teaching and referral hospitals in the United States.
Graduating residents honored
The department hosted its annual awards ceremony in special recognition of graduating residents on June 17, 2016, at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering. Diplomas were presented and awards given to residents and faculty for outstanding performance.
Residents typically perform four years of residency training in an obstetrics and gynecology program. They function under the mentorship of Wright State University, Wright-Patterson Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital, working with the Five Rivers Health Center.
Six residents completed the program in 2016. Joni Abbott, M.D., and Suzanne Stammler, M.D., will begin their new assignments at Yakota Air Force Base, Japan. Katherine Abtahi, D.O., is staying local, at Miami Valley Women’s Health. Eric Behrman, M.D., will be at Feather River Hospital in Paradise, Calif. Vivina Napier, M.D., will be at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Elizabeth Newell, M.D., plans to practice at Mountain Vista OB/GYN with Swedish Medical Center, in Englewood, Colo.
The chair, program director, associate program directors, faculty, program coordinator, affiliated hospitals and clinic disciplines are actively involved in the educational program. The program is currently approved to train six residents per year for a total of 24 residents. Three of the residents in each program year are military and are chosen through the Military Selection Board. The three civilian residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program.
The first year provides rotations in internal medicine, outpatient gynecology, ultrasound, obstetrics and family medicine, along with one half-day primary care clinic per week. Succeeding years provide rotations through urogynecology, oncology and endocrinology, as well as progressive obstetrical and gynecological experiences.
Didactic conferences by the full-time and clinical faculty are held in high-risk obstetrics, genetics, ultrasound, pathology, perinatology, endocrinology and gynecologic oncology. Additional conferences include gynecologic pre-op conferences, fetal monitor strip reviews and tumor conferences, as well as peer review presentations and quarterly journal club conferences. A weekly Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds schedule utilizes visiting speaker presentations on a wide range of topics. All residents take the annual CREOG in-service training examination.
The progressive education of the resident is integrated with the participant's clinical experience, utilizing patient clinics, supervised surgery, daily teaching rounds and combined staff rounds. In-depth experience is provided in high-risk obstetrics, ultrasound with both abdominal and vaginal probe exposure, endocrine infertility, laparoscopy, minimally invasive surgical techniques, pelviscopy, microsurgery, coloscopy, general and radical surgery, laser applications with both intra-abdominal and external and gynecologic urology.
The faculty incorporates the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) six competencies into all of their teaching and instruction so that the residents may demonstrate the following:
- Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health programs and the promotion of health;
- Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences, as well as, the application of this knowledge to patient care;
- Practice-based learning and improvement that involves the investigation and evaluation of care for their patients, the appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care;
- Interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and other health professionals;
- Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to patients of diverse backgrounds; and
- System-based practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as, the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.
Progressive skills are monitored by a resident experience recognition program. These recognitions are granted to each resident upon satisfactory documentation and performance of techniques, skills and decision-making in his/her training rotations. Chief residents directly manage their respective services with access to full-time and clinical faculty for supervision, consultation and conferences. The progression of the program is balanced and non-pyramidal.
How to Apply
Applications from candidates must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) through their medical schools or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Applications can not be accepted directly by the department. Entry into the program for civilian candidates is through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Entry of military candidates into the integrated residency program is through the Air Force Graduate Medical Education Board.
Military applications should be sent to:
The Department of the Air Force AFMPC/SGEP
Randolph Air Force Base, Texas 78148
Candidates for this program shall have graduated from an approved medical school. Due to our integrated status with the United States Air Force, candidates must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Candidates will be reviewed based on their performance in medical school, Step I and Step II exam scores, personal statements and reference letters. Qualified candidates will be invited by mail to visit the facilities and meet with the residents. Interviews are scheduled as follows: one date in October, two dates in November, two dates in December and one date in January. Contracts are reviewed annually, contingent upon satisfactory progressive application of obstetrical and gynecological skills, knowledge and fulfillment of responsibilities.
A Message to Air Force HPSP and USUHS Medical Students
Thank you for your interest in our Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship and Residency Program! Our program has the distinction of being the only fully integrated military and civilian ob-gyn training program in the Air Force. This allows our residents all the benefits of training in Miami Valley Hospital (a Level 1 trauma center) while also training in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center to develop all the skills necessary to be a successful physician and Air Force officer. Unlike several other military programs, residents receive all training in the local Dayton area. There is no need to travel to other distant locations for your residency education.
We’d love to hear from and meet you. We’re more than happy to help arrange a USUHS or HPSP ADT rotation. You’ll not only experience Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during your rotation and interview but you will also rotate and interview at Miami Valley Hospital with our Wright State faculty. All clerkship students interview during their rotation.
To request a USUHS or HPSP ADT rotation, contact Stephanie Adkins, clerkship coordinator, at email@example.com or (937) 522-2665. Rotation approvals are very competitive as we regularly have more requests than we have slots available. Requests should include your desired rotation date range and a current CV to expedite the approval process. We do not accept or approve non-ADT rotations.
If you are unable to schedule a rotation with us, but are still interested in applying for a residency position, please contact us to schedule either an in-person or telephone interview.