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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Quillen College of Medicine

Department of OB/GYN

Please welcome our newest faculty to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology!!

Dr. Canvan

Timothy Canavan, MD, MSc. joined the department as Department Chair with the Sub-specialty in the division of Maternal / Fetal Medicine (patient care site)


Edwards-Silva, Racine, MD

T. Brad Wood, MD joined the department as a Generalist at OB/GYN of Elizabethton & Hospitalist. He is also assumed the roll of Assistant Clerkship Director


Read More About Dr. Wood (patient care site)






In collaboration with Dr. Martin Eason, the resident education program has experienced rapid development in the area of simulation. Approximately 50 scenarios have been created which allow residents to test their knowledge and skills in all areas addressed by the six competencies. Highlights include:

  • The impaired attending scenario in which the residents had an opportunity to witness a disruptive attending and then discuss physician impairment after the scenario (Interpersonal Skills and Communication)
  • The Medico-Legal scenario in which the residents had an opportunity to participate in a deposition conducted by a plaintiffs attorney and a defense attorney after a simulated shoulder dystocia event resulting in Erbs Palsy (Systems Based Practice)
  • The septic abortion scenario in which the residents performed a D&C on a papaya and the simulated patient then experienced the uncommon crisis of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation after an illegal abortion. Residents were encouraged to use all information and all resources available to them to manage the patient (Practice Learning and Improvement)
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism scenario in which the residents have a chance to learn about a rare catastrophic medical condition (Medical Knowledge)
  • The No Code scenario in which residents accidentally perform a code after an iatrogenic event on a no code patient. Residents are forced to make rapid ethical decisions (Professionalism).


More Advancements in Surgical Simulation

  • An ETSU design team composed of Dr. Marty Olsen, Dr. Martin Eason, Bill Hemphill, Paul Sims, and Tom Robbins has made significant progress in the area of surgical simulation. A teaching device has been used to improve resident education and has also been used to access resident candidate skills in operative technique. Patent applications are in progress. The design team has contributed to the teaching mission of the institution.
  • ETSU/QCOM has invested $500,000 in establishing a simulation center. The "Patient Simulation Lab" (PSL) provides Medical Simulation in two simulated hospital rooms with state-of-the-art video and audio recording equipment. Additional simulation units have been purchased such as a urethral sling procedure trainer and a birthing simulator. We have an excellent team of inventors, who are working to develop a vaginal surgery simulator to provide opportunities to practice skills involved in performing surgical procedures in a confined space in a controlled laboratory setting
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