Scholarly Activity

Scholarly Activity / Didactics

Every Friday morning, we have protected time for residents to participate in scholarly activity and resident didactics. The following activities occur during these sessions:

  • Grand Rounds – various topics that are presented by WPH faculty and/or outside guest speakers.

  • Fetal Boards – case discussions led by Maternal Fetal Medicine attending. These clinical cases are presented and then correlated with ultrasound findings and maternal/fetal outcomes.

  • Journal Club – peer reviewed literature is assigned for reading and then analyzed and discussed.

  • M&M – selected cases are presented for review and discussion by residents and faculty. Cases are dissected to review aspects of care provided and identify areas of improvement using evidence based medicine/current literature.

  • Quality Meeting – selected cases are reviewed using a systems-based approach in order to determine areas for improvement.  This meeting often generates topics that evolve into quality improvement projects for the residents.

  • Lectures – generalist OB/GYN faculty and subspecialists present topics for resident education.

Simulation Lab

The simulation curriculum is integrated into the resident lecture schedule. The training curriculum is a dynamic set of modules designed to develop and enhance the skills necessary for success in obstetrics and gynecology. Simulation provides a safe way for the residents to learn new procedures and to practice application of knowledge.

Residents review basic knot tying and suturing skills during the first week of residency. As they progress, they work through vaginal delivery and cesarean delivery modules, including complications of both types of procedures (shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage, etc.). We have both a Victoria and Noelle simulator to assist in these simulations. Residents also take part in tasks to enhance hand-eye coordination necessary for laparoscopic/robotic surgery. These activities occur at the on campus simulation lab and on the robotic simulator that is on the gyn surgery floor. Through simulation sessions, residents solidify their surgical knowledge and perfect the skills necessary for complex surgeries.


Residents participate in administrative committees both in and out of the hospital. Residents are active participants on hospital committees, including unit/department based (triage, WICU, L&D, etc.) as well as clinical (Tiny Baby Committee) and quality committees. They interact with nursing and administrative leaders in these meetings. Their input helps to develop/reform policy and guidelines for the hospital.

Residents are actively involved with committees outside of the hospital also. Residents at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer have had a strong presence in ACOG, especially since Florida became District XII. Orlando Health Winnie Palmer residents serve as Section III Junior Fellow Chair and Vice-Chair. Many of the former district officers have also been residents at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer. Residents participate in ACOG meetings at a state and national level too. We attend and present at the Annual District Meeting and Annual Clinical Meeting. Orlando Health Winnie Palmer residents also have a history of participation in the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference where they help to lobby on Women’s Health Issues.


Residents are required to complete a research project during their 4 years here.  Residents are encouraged to participate in research activities leading to publication or presentation at regional/national meetings. PGY 1 residents are required to write a case report and submit for publication. Faculty help to seek out subjects/cases for these reports. PGY 2-4 residents can seek an area of interest that they would like to research.  Faculty help provide support in development of the project. A clinical research coordinator also assists residents throughout this process (e.g. IRB completion, data collection, writing).

Current research topics include:

  • Multiple Topics Related to Placenta Accreta Spectrum Cases
    • Maternal Morbidity in Peri-Viable Delivery
  • Accuracy of Ultrasound with Peri-Viable Deliveries And Correlation With Neonatal Outcomes
  • Outcomes Associated with Late Preterm Birth and Maternal Obesity
  • Suture Material for Prophylactic Cervical Cerclage
  • Immediate Pushing Vs Laboring Down for State II of Labor