MD Education Program

Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship

The Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship is a four-week rotation that includes surgical and clinical experience. Third-year medical students participate in morning report, attend Grand Rounds, and complete online learning modules and assigned reading material.

Training Objectives

Upon completion of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship, medical students are able to complete the following tasks. These training objectives align with the IU School of Medicine MD Curriculum Competencies and Institutional Learning Objectives. This alignment enables faculty and students to understand how current student learning prepares them for the next stage in training and for their ongoing practice and maintenance of certification.

Perform and interpret a relevant, problem-focused history and physical examination in an obstetrical or gynecologic patient.

Formulate and justify a prioritized problem list and differential diagnosis in an obstetrical or gynecologic patient.

Formulate and justify a plausible plan of care for an obstetrical or gynecologic patient.

Perform or assist under supervision a vaginal delivery, Pap smear, wet prep, cervical cultures and document procedure.

Differentiate normal and abnormal structure, function, growth and/or development in an obstetrical or gynecologic patient.

Explain the etiology, progression and/or prognosis of diseases, injuries and functional deficits commonly seen in a gynecologic patient.

Recognize clinical presentations and explain the underlying pathology and pathophysiology of diseases, injuries and functional deficits commonly seen in obstetrical in an obstetrical patient.

Describe the diagnosis, prevention, treatment or management of common of diseases commonly seen in an obstetrical patient.

Analyze and evaluate diagnostic and therapeutic options using principles of evidence-based medicine.

Describe the epidemiology of common diseases affecting populations, including methods for prevention and early detection of disease and systematic, population-based approaches for reducing the incidence and prevalence of disease, particularly as it pertains to cervical cancer screening, breast cancer screening.

Respond to clinical questions by independently seeking, analyzing and synthesizing evidence-based answers to advance clinical decision-making.

Seek, accept and apply feedback to clinical practice.

Identify the role and contributions of and establish respectful, effective relationships with the various members of the multi-professional health care team.

Identify a patient’s social context and analyze how it relates to their current state of health.

Demonstrate responsiveness to the whole patient by advocating for the patients’ and teams’ needs over their own and treating patients in a fair, unbiased, nonjudgmental manner.

Demonstrate responsibility for one’s own learning through daily preparation, full participation in learning activities, initiative in patient care, and timely completion of clerkship requirements.

Act in a professional manner by demonstrating compassion, respect, honesty, integrity and punctuality.

Adhere to ethical and legal principles in all interactions.

Communicate effectively with members of the health care team by clearly presenting clinical questions and data from the patient encounter.

Communicate effectively with patients and their families by listening attentively, allowing opportunities for questions, and maintaining appropriate eye contact.

Modify communication style based upon patients’ reactions and ability to understand.

Construct oral presentations or written documents representing an organized, focused account of the student-patient interaction.