The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a unique educational experience, which entails close interaction with house staff and faculty, and a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning by doing. A physician specializing in obstetrics or gynecology is often considered a woman’s primary care provider, and with this in mind, students are encouraged to learn not only obstetrics and gynecology, but anything involved in women’s health in general. Over the six-week clerkship most students will encounter, through their patients, a multitude of clinical problems. It is anticipated that the knowledge gained in learning about and solving a particular patient problem will be retained and applicable to other patients with similar problems.
These are objectives for the third year clerkship, developed by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Undergraduate Medical Education Committee (UMEC). They are designed to cover topics which will prepare you for your career in medicine even if obstetrics and gynecology will not be your chosen specialty. It would be extremely difficult to achieve these objectives through clinical experience alone. Additional studying and supplemental reading will be required.