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 827-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 a 350-bed hospital and 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 19, 2015, at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering, Ohio. 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 2015. Jacqueline Battistelli, M.D., will begin her new assignment at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Matthew Cowan, D.O., plans to practice in Chicago. Lynsey Cox, M.D., will be at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss. Samantha Houser, D.O., and Mercedes Palmisano, M.D., are staying local, with Houser at Far Hills in Kettering and Palmisano at Miami Valley Women’s Health. Stephen Kujansuu, M.D., will begin his new journey at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
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: 1) Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health programs and the promotion of health; 2) Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences, as well as, the application of this knowledge to patient care; 3) 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; 4) Interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and other health professionals; 5) Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to patients of diverse backgrounds; and 6) 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.
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.