The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship at KUSM-W is a six-week intensive study of obstetrics and gynecology for third year medical students. Both the obstetric and gynecologic curricula are learned and experienced by the student jointly. Students also help staff the resident clinic and Hunter Health Clinic, at which they perform see prenatal visits, well-woman exams and women with gynecologic complaints.
Highs Point of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Rotation
- Large number of first-assist opportunities in all procedural aspects of obstetrics/gynecology: deliveries, cervical checks, abdominal and vaginal surgeries (both open and laproscopic), C-sections, and others
- Outstanding instruction and mentorship
- High level of educational freedom and allowance for initiative in tailoring one's educational goals
Tips for Excelling in the Obstetrics/Gynecology Rotation
- Master the syllabus, where expectations are well described and many gems on how to excel may be found
- Demonstrate enthusiasm
- Study normal pregnancy, labor, and endocrinology early in the first few days of the rotation
- Prepare for cases by memorizing anatomy and learning about disease processes
- Read about and visualize surgical techniques, because many students eventually first-assist on procedures
- Be a selfless team player
- Work hard on call, and master topics in labor, fetal monitoring, and cardinal movements of delivery prior to taking call
- Study the obstetrics/gynecology section of Boards & Wards for the midterm exam
A note about obstetrics/gynecology: OB-GYNs provide specialty care for women and often serve as primary care physicians, too. Primary care responsibilities include basic preventive health care, screening, counseling, health promotion and patient education, and behavioral intervention. Understanding both the wide range of issues encompassed in the primary-preventive health care role, as well as those covered within the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology, are paramount to achieving proficiency as an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Laura Tatpati, M.D.
Medical Student Education Coordinator:
Recommended text for rotation: Obstetrics and Gynecology (available in KU's library)
Suggested reading: Case Files, Blue Prints, and Boards and Wards
10% Midterm Exam, 40% Final Shelf Exam, 50% Evaluation of Clinical Rotations
May 19, 2018