Obstetrical care is a fundamental component of full spectrum family medicine and for that reason is a core rotation in our longitudinal curriculum. Residents rotate on inpatient obstetrics at Oconee Memorial Hospital on average every 6 weeks, for one week at a time. During this OB rotation, residents round on patients admitted to the Labor and Delivery Unit (L&D), assess triages, participate in vaginal and C-section deliveries, and manage postpartum patients. Residents are directly supervised by a variety of faculty including CFM-Oconee Family Medicine attendings, community Family Medicine attendings and obstetricians with Prisma Health Blue Ridge Women’s Center OBGYNs. These providers engage residents in case-based didactics and procedural skills as the opportunity arises, as well as structured OB lecture curriculum.

Residents have several opportunities to provide continuity prenatal care via several different experiences, including their own routine clinics. They also participate in Centering Pregnancy group prenatal care via Blue Ridge Women’s Center. Additionally, residents provide prenatal care for patients at the Walhalla Women’s clinic in collaboration with the Clemson Sullivan Center, which is a clinic committed to providing high quality, evidence-based care for underserved women in Oconee country.

The goal of obstetrical residency experience is to become proficient at managing health care needs of pregnant women including prenatal, intrapartum, post-partum care, and care of chronic health problems during pregnancy. Our goal is for our residents to become familiar with the clinical skills required to safely delivery babies, manage obstetrical emergencies, and know when to refer/transfer patients to a higher level of care based on risk and resource assessments.