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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Quillen College of Medicine

Conferences and Educational Activities

OB/GYN Continuing Education

FRIDAY mornings are devoted to educational didactics for students, residents and faculty.

IMPORTANT: This is uninterrupted academic time. Therefore, residents pagers are collected and faculty members provide hospital coverage. 

The didactic schedule is as follows:

  •       7 a.m.  - Continuous Quality Improvement
  •       8 a.m.  - Grand Rounds or Journal Club
  •       9 a.m.  - Resident Lecture Series
  •      10 a.m., 11 a.m. & Noon - Various Lectures 

The various lectures alternate to provide a well-rounded curriculum. Sessions include:

  • Business of Medicine
  • Coding
  • CREOG Study Sessions
  • Financial Planning
  • Gyn Oncology
  • Labor Management
  • Pathology Conference
  • Patient Safety
  • Primary Care Rounds


Other teaching events  include:

  • Morning report conference*
  • High Risk Obstetric Teaching Rounds
  • Low risk Obstetric Teaching Rounds
  • Perinatal Conferences
  • Bi-monthly Human Patient Simulations
  • Quarterly Pathology Conference
  • Quarterly Research Workdays
  • Annual "Residents As Teachers" seminar
  • Annual SVMIC Risk Management seminar
  • Annual OB Challenge (game show format)
  • Annual GYN Challenge (game show format)
  • Annual OB Emergencies Seminar
  • Annual Resident Team-building Retreat
  • D&C and D&E Workshop
  • Resident Pelvic Reconstructive Workshop
  • Annual Southern OB Conference
  • Hysteroscopy Workshop
  • Breast Disease Workshop

 *All residents and medical students on the service meet with an attending and discuss interesting patients.

Our Memorial Lectureships Honor the Memories of Distinguished Faculty

The Dr. Elizabeth Craver Pryor Memorial Lectureship was established on October 11, 2006 with Dr. Frank Stritter as the first lecturer. It was established in memory of Dr. Ellie Pryor, a beloved and well-respected educator who served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/GYN and Associate Program Director of the Department's Residency Program. The Lectureship honors Dr. Pryor for her dedication to teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. Dr. Pryor was a dynamic teacher who taught with passion, energy, compassion and humor. Honored guest lecturers include:

  • 2014 Dr. Harry W. Haverkos
  • 2012 Dr. Rebecca McAlister
  • 2011 Dr. Ginger Vehaskari
  • 2010 Dr. Nancy Chescheir
  • 2009 Dr. Sterling Williams
  • 2008 Dr. Roger Smith
  • 2006 Dr. Frank Stritter

The Dillard M. Sholes Jr. Memorial Lectureship was established in 1994. Dr. Sholes was the first Chairman of the Department serving from 1980 1985 and was Professor Emeritus at the time of his death in 1994. He is remembered as a distinguished physician who unselfishly served both medicine and Northeast Tennessee as a teacher and servant.

At the death of Dr. Sholes wife, Mattie E. Sholes in 2003, the Lectureship was changed to the Dr. Dillard M. Sholes, Jr. and Mrs. Mattie E. Sholes Distinguished Lectureship. The Lectureship pays tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Sholes' professional and humanitarian contributions to the region by bringing in nationally acclaimed physicians in the field of obstetrics and gynecology to this area as visiting professors for extended educational opportunities to medical students, residents, and health care professionals of this area. Honored guest lecturers include:

  • 2015 Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2014 Dr. Bob L. Shull, Scott & White Memorial Hospital
  • 2013 Dr. George Wendel, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • 2012 Dr. Rebecca Thurston, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2011 Dr. Mitchell Hoffman, University of South Florida
  • 2010 Dr. Elisa Crouse, University of Oklahoma
  • 2009 Dr. Ian Thorneycroft, University of South Alabama
  • 2008 Dr. James VanHook, University of Cincinnati
  • 2007 Dr. James Fanning, Akron City Hospital
  • 2006 Dr. Gary Hankins, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 2005 Dr. Michael Belfort, University of Utah
  • 2004 Dr. Steve Gabbe, Vanderbilt University
  • 2003 Dr. Ralph Hale, University of Hawaii
  • 2002 Dr. William Droegemueller, University of North Carolina
  • 2001 Dr. William Herbert, University of Virginia Medical Center
  • 2000 Dr. Dudley Baker, Scott & White Memorial Hospital
  • 1999 Dr. John Dacus, University of South Carolina
  • 1998 Dr. Robert Wild, University of Oklahoma
  • 1996 Dr. Elizabeth Connell, Emory University
  • 1995 Dr. Edward Wallach, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • 1994 Dr. Hugh Barber, Cornell University Medical College
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