Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship

The goal of the clerkship is to present obstetrics and gynecology as a medical specialty that provides basic medical care and patient education to women of all ages. The clerkship will introduce students to the diagnosis and management of common obstetrical and gynecologic conditions. Students will gain an understanding of the management of the typical medical and surgical problems that occur in a woman’s lifespan, from birth and puberty through menopause.

The clerkship has been designed according to the CMSRU Mission Statement and the educational program objectives, and to conform to the standards set by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). These APGO objectives (1010h Edition) are on the APGO website: https://www.apgo.org.

The Ob/Gyn Clerkship is one of the core components of the third year of the medical curriculum. There are several components to this clerkship:

  1. At the beginning of the 6 week clerkship, students will have an orientation on days 1 and 2. This will be followed by an inpatient exposure of 4 weeks and an outpatient exposure of 2 weeks. The inpatient setting will comprise obstetrics on the labor floor, antepartum and postpartum floors and gynecologic surgery patients in the hospital. This will provide experience with patients with specific illnesses and syndromes followed at points during their inpatient care, allowing for exposure to the full spectrum of obstetrics and gynecology.
  2. Students must take long call on the weekends, as detailed below. There will also be an optional opportunity to take short call in the weekday evenings, as long as students adhere to the duty hour restrictions.

This clerkship has been designed to introduce students to basic principles of women’s health care. Students are expected to develop basic clinical knowledge in the following areas:

Students will have the opportunity to develop the basic skills necessary to diagnose and treat conditions of the female reproductive system. Students will also develop an understanding of the management of the typical medical and surgical problems that occur throughout the course of a woman’s lifespan, including those related to development, menarche, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and menopause. During this rotation, students will be expected to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the natural history and pathology of gynecologic disease and also to develop a proficiency in family planning. Students interaction with faculty and residents will provide ample opportunities to participate in outpatient obstetrics and gynecology, perform vaginal deliveries, assist on cesarean sections, and assist on gynecologic surgeries.