Education Programs

The reorganization of the medical curriculum has reduced the number of didactic teaching hours in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered instruction has reduced the number of topics formally covered within the curriculum and teachers may not be familiar with their new educational role.

It is an ever-increasing challenge to achieve all relevant learning objectives for undergraduate and postgraduate education within our field. Given that it is a Faculty of Medicine mandate that we graduate competent physicians in the practice of General Gynaecology and Obstetrics, it is essential that educational program planning and implementation work towards this goal. The faculty of the Department who are involved with all levels of educational program planning, working in different geographical sites (VGH, BC Women’s, St. Paul’s).

Short-term Goals

  • Address deficiencies in the undergraduate curriculum and improve clinical exposure for medical students.
  • Define the Department’s educational responsibilities and then the Divisional and Departmental member commitments to these responsibilities.

Long-term Goals

  • Act in a complementary and collaborative manner with the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
  • Serve as a resource of educational expertise in the areas of educational program planning implementation and evaluation for the Department.
  • Promote ongoing medical education research within the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Promote “lifelong learning” through the development of a Continuing Medical Education program for members of the Department, the medical community and the public.
  • Advocate the recognition and reward of teaching amongst Departmental members and encourage higher learning in medical education by interested Departmental members.
  • Enhance cooperative educational opportunities between departments of the Faculty of Medicine.