The Maternal Child Health AOC was established to provide an opportunity for residents to develop additional expertise in the care of women and children. Our focus is to provide optimal and individualized care for mothers and their babies throughout pregnancy and around the time of birth. The MCH AOC was established in 2008. The additional experience can be chosen for residents who have an interest in OB or residents who have a passion for women's health. Residents are encouraged to sign up during second year.
Maternal & Child Health
ComponentsResidents will do extra inpatient rotations to gain more experience. Several will be required, and many more are available for residents to tailor their experience.
- Maternal Child Health Lecture Series - monthly meeting of FM faculty who participate in OB and newborn care, and residents where a Maternal Child health topic is reviewed and discussed. MCH residents also participate in high risk case reviews from clinic patients which are presented monthly at PM conferences.
- Opportunity to lead a Centering Pregnancy Group - St. Vincent Family Medicine has been offering group prenatal care in English and Spanish since 2008 and recently began partnering with the Centering Healthcare Institute. This innovative model of care has been shown to decrease rates of preterm delivery, increase breastfeeding rates, and equalize racial disparities. All MCH residents have the opportunity to work alongside a FM or OB faculty in leading a group (10 sessions over 5 months).
- MCH CME - residents are encouraged to attend quarterly Indiana ACOG meetings and the AAFP Maternal Child Health conference held annually.
- Additional prenatal experience - OB patients are assigned to MCH residents throughout their residency. Our goal is for each AOC resident to graduate with 100+ deliveries.
- Procedural experience - residents are encouraged to learn OB ultrasound and learn to perform endometrial biopsies and additional colposcopies. There is also an opportunity to learn IUD and nexiplanon placement if interested.
- High Risk OB Elective - Residents will work with the OB residents and OB staff to gain additional experience in the care of all high risk pregnancies, including preeclampsia, preterm labor, and pregnancy loss.
- Quality Improvement/Research Projects - Residents in the AOC are encouraged to complete a QI project or scholarly activity on a maternal child health topic under the guidance of a faculty preceptor.
For any questions about the Maternal and Child Health AOC, please contact Dr. Puja Samudra, Puja.Samudra@ascension.org.