Forty-one first-year residents at NEOMED-affiliated hospitals got a glimpse of the delivery room July 11 at the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s birth workshop. The program is designed to increase first-year residents’ knowledge and skills of prenatal care, labor interventions, fetal monitoring, vaginal delivery, suturing and postpartum care.
The 13th annual event featured sessions at which residents teamed up at hands-on work stations to get acquainted with their fellow residents from partner hospitals, including Cleveland Clinic Akron General; St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown and Boardman; Aultman Hospital; Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital; Northside Regional Medical Center; and Summa Health’s Akron and Barberton hospitals. Family and Community Medicine faculty, along with senior resident instructors, guided participants throughout the day to prepare them to care for pregnant patients during their obstetrics rotations.
Returning to NEOMED
Recent College of Medicine grad Kathleen Fay, M.D. (’18) returned to NEOMED for the day-long workshop and commented:
“The birth workshop was designed to go over the basics of how to take care of a pregnant patient. We briefly went over prenatal visits and postnatal visits. However, a big focus of the day was about labor and delivery. We learned how to read fetal monitoring strips, how to place an intrauterine pressure catheter (IUPC), how to check how dilated a cervix is, how to deliver a baby, and how to repair perineal tears. It was a jam-packed day.
I haven’t been on the labor and delivery floor since the beginning of my third year as a student, so it was really nice to review many of these topics, and learn some I didn’t know. I feel much more prepared to enter my labor and delivery rotations this year.
I really enjoyed seeing all the other interns from other residencies. I also really liked learning how to repair perineal lacerations. We practiced suturing on cow’s tongues, which was fun!
It was so nice seeing John Boltri, M.D., a professor and chair of family and community medicine, as well as Julie Stier and Mary Sherman, both administrative coordinators for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, again.”