Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship
Clerkship Goals & General Objectives
The overall goal of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship is the mastery of the basic core competencies that are essential for practice as a competent physician focused on the AAMC competencies. The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship will focus on these competencies in the context of the delivery of obstetrical and gynecological care regardless of the student’s career focus, and include:
- acquisition of a body of knowledge and skills necessary for the management of common ambulatory and surgical gynecologic conditions, and aspects of health maintenance and disease prevention for women,
- development of an understanding of the effects of pregnancy on other health conditions as well as recognition of the effects of various illnesses on pregnancy,
- development of clinical reasoning skills, manual techniques and thought processes used by the general obstetrician gynecologist, and
- development of skills in performing a pelvic examination.
Core Clerkship Learner Objectives*
Upon completion of the six-week Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship, the student will be able to:
- Perform a medical interview and physical examination of women, and incorporate ethical, social and diversity perspectives to provide culturally competent health care.
- Apply recommended prevention strategies for women’s health across the life-span.
- Recognize his/her role as a leader and advocate for women.
- Discuss preconception care including the impact of genetics, medical conditions and environmental factors on maternal health and fetal development.
- Explain the normal physiologic changes of pregnancy including interpretation of common diagnostic studies.
- Describe common problems in obstetrics.
- Formulate a plan for intrapartum care.
- Formulate a plan for postpartum care of the mother and newborn.
- Describe menstrual cycle physiology, discuss puberty and menopause, and explain normal and abnormal bleeding.
- Describe the etiology and evaluation of infertility.
- Discuss and explain contraceptive methods, including sterilization and abortion.
- Recognize common benign gynecological conditions.
- Formulate a differential diagnosis of the acute abdomen and chronic pelvic pain.
- Describe common breast conditions and outline the evaluation of breast complaints.
- Formulate a plan for perioperative care and express familiarity with gynecological procedures.
- Describe gynecological malignancies including risk factors, signs and symptoms, and initial evaluation.
- Provide a preliminary assessment of patients with sexual concerns.
*Adapted from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Medical Student Educational Objectives.