Family-Centered Perinatal Care

Family-Centered Perinatal Care Area of Concentration (PAOC)

Director, George Samraj, MD Associate Professor

The overall goal of the Perinatal AOC is to provide an enhanced perinatal and obstetrics experience for residents in the context of longitudinal, comprehensive care of the pregnant patient, infant and family. This area of concentration is designed to augment the Family Centered Perinatal Care approach that is emphasized in the core residency program. Our faculty includes two full time core faculty, Dr. Anim and Dr. Samraj, one part time faculty, Dr. Cotter and our nurse midwife, Elizabeth DiCarlo who participate in the all aspects of obstetrics care as well as three full time faculty who participate in office based perinatal and neonatal care. Sites used for the patient care experience include the Family Medicine Center, Shands at UF and the rural site Shands at Lake Shore.

The PAOC is set up to provide the resident earlier obstetrics experiences and includes high risk clinics, three additional blocks of labor deck assignment, exposure to ultrasound and enhanced didactics designed to enhance the resident’s competence. Competencies expected upon completion include comprehensive prenatal care and identification of pregnancy complications, monitoring and management of spontaneous vaginal deliveries, monitoring of fetal well-being during labor, experience with induction of labor, identification of delivery complications, management of straightforward delivery difficulties such as shoulder dystocia, identification of post-delivery problems, neonatal resuscitation, and successful completion of ALSO and NALS courses. At the conclusion of residency, PAOC residents complete a comprehensive assessment exam and upon passing receive a certificate indicating successful completion of the PAOC.