Center for Education

The Center for Education within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology promotes educational scholarship, innovative curricula, and outcomes-based assessment of learners in the field of women’s health and medical education. 

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We are focused on supporting and encouraging educational effectiveness for faculty, fellows, residents, students, and alumni. In addition, we coordinate and facilitate the educational efforts within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology by cultivating an environment of shared expertise and faculty development.

The leadership and team are comprised of a diverse group of people and include representatives from the clerkship, fellowships, and residency programs. We are committed, as part of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion, to create an equitable and inclusive campus climate, recruit, retain, and develop a diverse community, and support innovative and inclusive scholarship and teaching.

Our Goals

  • Develop and evaluate curriculum and programs
  • Coordinate educational research efforts, both within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and collaboratively with the Medical School
  • Support educational innovation and serve as a resource for expertise in education and educational research design, educational materials 
  • Support faculty development, including building educational portfolios, improving teaching methods, utilizing varying pedagogies, and fostering collegiality and support within medical education
  • Oversee compliance with all ACGME, RRC, LCME, federal, state, and institutional requirements and specifications for training

Our Work

Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One

Led by Principal Investigator, Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA, Transforming the UME to GME Transition: Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One project aims to optimize the match process for both residents and programs and ensure that incoming first-year residents have the medical knowledge, skills, and support they need to succeed during residency and beyond. Check out our latest research.

Clinical Simulations

We run surgical simulations for obstetrics and gynecology to bring together learners at every level with a robust program that provides authentic experiences aimed at improving communication and skills to improve patient outcomes. This includes post-partum hemorrhage, C-section, sepsis, should dystocia, and more. Our goal is to demonstrate correct technique and performance of key responsibilities and to practice teamwork and communication for simulated cases. In addition, we aim to explain the importance of civility and learn teaching techniques, in high-stress clinical situations. Simulations involve faculty, residents, students, nurses, clerks, and fellows.

Surgical Curriculum

The Center for Education is currently building a surgical curriculum for all learners. This will be a central repository for surgical videos and relevant information, including preoperative, operative, and post-operative skills.  

Medical Education Research & Product Development

The Center for Education supports faculty, student, and inter-professional education research, grants, and teaching and technology product development. Two of our recent projects include ObGyn Delivered (follow us on Twitter), a student-led medical education tool, and Second Look, an electronic fetal monitoring app.


Our Publications

The Center for Education promotes educational scholarship in the field of women’s health and medical education. The team supports individual research and collaborates to submit grant proposals on topics such as the transition from medical school to residency, experience of learners, coaching and education, and more.

Program Leadership

Maya Hammoud

Maya M. Hammoud, M.D., M.B.A.

Director, CFE & Assoc. Chair for Education
Becky Hovatter

Becky Hovatter

Program Manager