University of South Alabama

 Obstetrics and Gynecology

Advising Meeting

Thurs. ~ Feb. 4,  2016
at 12 noon

OB/GYN Conference Room #1109- CWEB

RSVP 1 week in advance to Nicole Laden 251-415-1492


David F. Lewis, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.O.G.
Professor and Chair

USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, CWEB 1005, 251-415-1563


Faculty Advisors to Senior Students

Dr. David Lewis
Dr. Craig Sherman
Dr. Stephen Varner
Dr. Nicolette Holliday

The field of Obstetrics and Gynecology encompasses comprehensive health care for women.  The obstetrician-gynecologist provides primary health service for women including education and preventive care, treatment for routine and complex gynecologic and obstetric problems, and consultative services to other physicians and paramedical personnel in problems relative to the reproductive and the lower urinary systems.  The Ob/Gyn specialist must have a comprehensive understanding of the embryology, genetics, physiology, endocrinology, and pathology of the fetus and female reproductive system in order to provide care to the female from pre-menarche to post-menopause.  Residency programs in Obstetric and Gynecology are structured to provide the medical, obstetrical and surgical skills required of the consultant obstetrician-gynecologist.  As these skills are absorbed, the judgmental processes for patient care will be developed in the physician.

Residency programs consist of four years of postgraduate education, and are governed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on recommendation by the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology (RRC).

Programs in Obstetrics and Gynecology stress training in both hospital based and ambulatory care settings and include experience in:  both routine Obstetrics and Gynecology; maternal-fetal medicine; immediate care of the newborn; urogynecology and pelvic surgery; pelvic pathology; reproductive endocrinology and infertility; family planning; genetics; medical ethics; gynecologic oncology including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and robotics surgery; psychosexual and psychosomatic counseling; general primary care, and a host of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including fetal and pelvic sonography.

At present, there are four recognized subspecialties in Obstetrics and Gynecology:  Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.  Preparation for certification in a subspecialty is via a three to four year post-residency fellowship in a program accredited by the appropriate division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Satisfactory completion of such training confers eligibility to take the examination for sub-certification of special competence in that field.  Fellowship training currently not leading to certification is also available in some centers in infectious diseases, pelvic and fetal sonography and family planning.


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