STRETCH-OB

Structured Training for Rural Enhancement of Community Health in Obstetrics (STRETCH-OB)

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 SwedishAmerican Hospital – A Division of UW Health 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.

STRETCH-OB Curriculum

Eligibility

  • Medical school graduation within two years of start date or recent clinical activity in the practice of medicine
  • US clinical experience other than research for foreign medical graduates
  • No failures on USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS)
  • Competitive applicant with demonstrated interest in practicing family medicine
  • Strong interest in obstetrics with an interest and aptitude for surgical obstetrics
  • Intent to practice in a rural or underserved community upon completion of residency training

These criteria are simply the requirements needed for your application to be reviewed; they do not guarantee an interview. Interviews will be granted upon further review of the application and all of its contents.

Application Process

To apply to the STRETCH-OB program, first complete the application through AAMC ERAS system indicating your interest in the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford Family Medicine Residency Program (#2268120C0). As part of the AAMC ERAS application, you should submit one letter of recommendation from your Department of Family Medicine, one letter from your Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and a third supporting letter from Family Medicine or Obstetrics.

After submitting your application through the AAMC ERAS system, please submit a letter of interest via email to [email protected] addressing the following:

  • Your interest in family medicine
  • Your interest and desire to train in advanced obstetrics, including surgical obstetrics
  • Why you aspire to practice in a rural or underserved area

Your letter of interest should include your name and AAMC ID # as the header. Font size should be no smaller than 10 and the letter should be no more than two pages in length.

We will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview. Interviews will take place from late October through January. We also sponsor J1 and H1B visas.

Ashton
Hurley, MD

Kandi
Ogden-Moles, DO

Mary Jo Ironside, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine University of Illinois College of Medicine RockfordDepartment of Family and Community Medicine
Work Mile Square Health Center – L.P. Johnson Rockford 1221 E. State St. Rockford IL 61104 Work Phone: 815-972-1000 Work Fax: 815-972-1091
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Biographical Info

Mary Jo Ironside, MD,  provides quality health care to all members of the family, with an emphasis in wellness and healthy living. She also has a special interest in women’s health.  She completed her residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

With a focus on preventative care, Dr. Ironside is a family physician who treats patients of all ages and who has a special interest in women and children. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Winnebago County Medical Society. She is a graduate of University of Iowa Medical School.

Publications

Zavala, M., Ironside, M. J., & Kaur, A. (2017). In children 6–10 years old on stimulant therapy for ADHD, how often should blood pressure be measured? Evidence-Based Practice, 20(6), E3-E5.

Categories: Family and Community Medicine, GME, Residency Core Faculty, Residency Family Medicine, STRETCH-OB
Updated 4 months ago.

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (USDHHS/ HRSA), Primary Care Training and Enhancement‐Community Prevention and Maternal Health grant, Grant number T3442148.