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DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY CLERKSHIP

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE.  Eight (8).

LENGTH OF ROTATIONS.  Four (4) weeks to six (6) weeks.

WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY?  No.

LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED  Second and third year USUHS students. Fourth year USUHS or HPSP students.

TIME OF YEAR OFFERRED.  Flexible start dates throughout the year, excluding December.

PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.

  • Yes.
  • Offered primarily to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS)
  • Not currently offered to civilian students.
  • HPSP students will apply using the Clerkship Application form.
  • USUHS fourth year students will apply using USUHS Form No. 1304.
  • The Student Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate clerkship official upon receipt of the application/form and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.

OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.

  • To provide the second and third year medical student with a basic understanding of the practice of obstetrics and gynecology with particular emphasis on the delivery of primary care medicine.
  • Fourth year elective clerkships are designed to permit medical students to gain a greater depth of understanding of principles of women's health care in Obstetrics and Gynecology. A more advanced level of medical knowledge, technical skills, and clinical abilities related to Obstetrics and Gynecology will be expected at the conclusion of a four-week elective clerkship.
  • The following fourth year rotations are available (may select one or two):
    • General Obstetrics;
    • General Gynecology;
    • Gynecologic Oncology
    • Urogynecology;
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine; and
    • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).
  • Our goal is to train and mentor the next generation of Army Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

FREQUENCY OF CALL.

  • Each second/third year student will rotate for one week with the “night float” OB/GYN team, which works only at night.
  • There will be at most one additional “call” or twenty-four hour shift during rotation.
  • Fourth year students will take overnight call twice during their rotation and may participate in night float if desired.
  • Weekends will generally be free of obligation.

REQUIRED READINGS.

  • Hacker et al. Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 5th Edition is issued to USUHS medical students and should be read on a regular basis throughout the duration of the clerkship.
  • In addition, there will be selected readings from textbooks and journals based on identified patient problems seen in the clinic and on the ward.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

  • Each student is expected to attend all Obstetrics and Gynecology conferences, to include morning report, noon lectures, Tuesday academics, after-clinic rounds, and Journal Club.
  • Third year students have requirements as outlined in the USUHS Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Manual.
  • Fourth year students are required to give one 10 – 15 minute presentation on a selected topic.

HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?

  • During your clinical experience, the staff and residents that work with you will grade you on your cognitive and noncognitive academic performance.
  • Second and third year students will take a standardized National Board of Medical Examiners test at the end of each second/third year rotation, which emphasizes the practical and important points obtained from reading Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) learning objectives.
  • There is also an Objective Structured Clinical Exam or OSCE on basic clinical skills in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the end of each third year rotation.
  • The student’s final evaluation will be based on NBME and OSCE scores and performance on both inpatient and outpatients experiences.
  • The final evaluation for all students will reflect not only his/her fund of knowledge and ability to gather and synthesize information, but also his/her motivation, work habits, and interpersonal skills.

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