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General Clerkship

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship at KU School of Medicine-Wichita is an eight-week intensive study of obstetrics and gynecology for third-year medical students. It is the goal of the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology to give students a well-rounded experience to best prepare them to be the highest quality physicians in the great tradition of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Students experience ambulatory clinics and surgical experiences in Obstetrics & Gynecology, students will be involved in patient care in the following areas:

  • Labor and Delivery
  • Inpatient Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Wesley Women's Clinic
  • Hunter Health Clinic (FQHC)
  • Ambulatory Gynecology Clinics

Students will be involved in deliveries, gynecologic surgeries, prenatal visits, well-woman exams and gynecologic health visits. While on the rotation, students will spend time in two focused areas of the specialty such as Gyn Onc, MFM, REI, FMPR/Urogyn, Rural OB/GYN, private practice local OB/GYN. The combination of both experiences will offer both ambulatory clinic and surgical opportunities.

Expectations and Responsibilities
Students will achieve the learning objectives for the rotation which are based upon the nationwide OB/GYN curriculum from the Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO). This will include a combination patient encounters, didactics and self-learning to achieve these goals.

Beyond academic success, clerkship students should demonstrate high quality behaviors in the areas of professionalism, data collection and documentation, interpretation of data, patient and interprofessional collaboration and communication and technical skills.

Students will take histories, perform physical examinations, present patients to supervisors and develop skills for ordering and documenting. Students will have hands-on experiences in Labor and Delivery and the operating room some of which are more unique to the field of OB/GYN and surgery, but many that are utilized throughout the profession, including the high important area of participating in and promoting a culture of patient safety.

As a core clerkship, the Obstetrics & Gynecology rotation prepares the KU Medical Student to have a solid foundation in OB/GYN which will serve them well in any specialty they choose as they are able to apply the knowledge and skills gained on this rotation for the remainder of their career.

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 reviewing anatomy and learning about disease processes
  • Read about and visualize surgical techniques
  • Be a team player
  • Work hard on call, and master topics in labor, fetal monitoring, and cardinal movements of delivery prior to taking call

Clerkship Director:
Laura Tatpati, M.D.

Medical Student Education Coordinator:
Laurie Fluty

Recommended text for rotation: Beckmann and Ling's Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Pass/Fail: Professionalism (including active participation in all learning encounters), Supervised History and Physical, In-house examination (complete #1,2,3 and passing score on #4)
  • Pass with Distinction: Requires passing grade on the all above items as well as achieving a Pass with Distinction score on the end of rotation OSCE and NBME Shelf examination. Recurrent or egregious lapses in professionalism affect the ability to achieve a Pass with Distinction score.
Last modified: Aug 21, 2020
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
Wesley Medical Plaza at Wesley Healthcare
551 N. Hillside, Suite 500
Wichita, KS 67214

Phone: 316-962-3180
Fax: 316-962-7396