Obstetrics & Gynecology
The required third year Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship is a four-week clinical immersion experience which provides a high level of hands-on activities. Students’ preceptors are OB/GYN generalists who care for both obstetrical and gynecological patients in ambulatory clinics, inpatient settings and in operating rooms. Students on the labor and delivery floor work with the obstetrics team which includes attendings, residents and nursing staff. They follow laboring patients throughout their shifts, evaluate patients who come into the triage unit and round on postpartum patients. Students are expected to give oral presentations of their patients at morning and evening sign out. The other three weeks of the clerkship, the students have a mix of ambulatory clinics and surgeries. Responsibilities include thorough chart preparation for their clinic and surgical patients and to function as part of the team providing care.
The goal of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship is to provide students with learning experiences in the fundamentals of women’s health care.
After completing the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship students should be able to:
-Obtain a comprehensive history and perform a thorough gynecologic examination using appropriate communication skills, maintaining confidentiality, and respecting patients’ rights.
-Provide periodic health maintenance screenings for the routine detection and prevention of disease to individual women across their lifespan.
-Develop a differential diagnosis and management plan for common gynecologic problems considering benefits, risks, and treatment alternatives of the proposed interventions.
-Assess a pregnant woman for common obstetrical conditions that might adversely affect pregnancy and develop a plan for care.
-Demonstrate ability in basic clinical skills used in an outpatient clinic, a surgical suite and a labor room while complying with universal precautions and maintaining patient safety.
-Utilize awareness of and sensitivity to spiritual, cultural, ethnic, and lifestyle differences when providing care for women.
-Incorporate evidence-based medicine and critical thinking into decision making.