Educational functions of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Medicine Rockford mirror the mission of the College: education, research and service. Each of these focus on providing the latest in knowledge and skills to medical students and residents in the OB/GYN specialty.
This department takes pride in being a leading advocate for women’s health care.
Medical Student Education
The core Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship offers a six-week block immersion experience with community-based preceptors and faculty members from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The objective of our clerkship is to provide an educational experience that emphasizes the wide range of considerations in comprehensive reproductive health.
Students completing our clerkship will acquire and apply clinical knowledge and master the basic skills needed by all physicians who provide female reproductive healthcare. The curriculum promotes understanding of a variety of core concepts through the care of people with various obstetric and gynecologic problems, including, but not limited to, normal- and high-risk pregnancies, pregnancy loss and infertility, gynecologic endocrine abnormalities, infections, menstrual concerns, pelvic pain, and neoplastic problems. There is also focus on family planning and management of concerns in the psychosexual sphere.
During their time on the obstetric service, students rotate in prenatal clinics, labor and delivery, and the antepartum/postpartum wards. Weeks on gynecology are spent with the gynecologic ambulatory and surgical services.
The Structured Training for Rural Enhancement of Community Health in Obstetrics (STRETCH-OB) is a track within our Family Medicine Residency Program for residents who are committed to providing obstetrics in a rural or underserved community. This is a HRSA-funded program and a collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of OB/GYN at UW Health SwedishAmerican Hospital and Crusader Community Clinic, as well as our rural partners. The purpose of the program is to reduce poor maternal and birth outcomes in rural and underserved areas by increasing the number of family medicine physicians with high-quality, evidence-based obstetrical skills who practice in these areas.
Residents participating in this track will complete all of the requirements for board certification in family medicine as well as additional obstetrics and gynecology rotations (and call) to enhance their obstetrical skills. Upon completion of their three-year residency program, STRETCH-OB residents will have achieved experience in higher risk obstetrics and surgical obstetrics; completing a minimum of 50 C-sections as first assist and 20 C-sections as primary surgeon.
OB/GYN Department Faculty
Dr. Funminiyi Taylor
For more information, please contact:
Funminiyi A. Taylor, MD, MEd, FACOG,
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology