Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship


PURPOSE: The overall objective oh the Third Year Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology is that students acquire and apply the basic information and master the basic skills needed by all physicians who provide care for women.  Further, students will be exposed to a variety of patients with obstetric and gynecologic problems; including normal and high-risk pregnancies, pregnancy wastage and infertility, gynecologic endocrine abnormalities, infections, psychosomatic, and neoplastic problems.  Students will also encounter patients who desire contraceptive advice or have problems in the psychosexual sphere.  Students spend three weeks on synecology ambulatory and surgical services, evaluating patients in general gynecology, gynecologic oncology, family planning, and endocrine clinics.  During the three weeks on the obstetrical services, students rotate on prenatal clinics, labor and delivery, and antepartum/postpartum wards.  These are subject to change as the clerkship is revised; also, there may be some site variations.

COMPETENCIES: Within the context of human reproduction and the various physiological and psychosocial aspects of health and disease, students will demonstrate ability to: 1) Obtain and record a gynecologic and sexual history, as well as an obstetrical history; 2) Perform a pelvic examination satisfactorily; 3) Perform and interpret a breast examination; 4) Evaluate a patient's pain and therapy, and 5) Assess the status of a woman in labor.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Students rotate onto three wards - labor and delivery, antepartum /postpartum , and gynecology. Patients are seen in ambulatory sites in the clinics: antepartum, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, reproductive/endocrine, and family planning. Students have a variety of didactic sessions to attend including subspecialty seminars, core lectures, visiting faculty lectures and seminars, grand rounds and teaching rounds. Students are encouraged to present patients to attendings and senior residents. Students also participate in the pelvic teaching associates program where they develop their breast and pelvic examination skills on women who are trained to act as patient models. This allows review of skills and methods prior to examinations of patients.

ASSESSMENT: Performance is evaluated by residents and faculty members using the College of Medicine Clerkship Evaluation Form, by means of clinical pathophysiology/management cases as well as through direct observation during clinical activities. Student’s cognitive knowledge base is assessed through the National Board of Medical Examiners multiple choice examination in Obstetrics/Gynecology.


Program Number: CLER 601
Various Sites as Assigned
Clerkship Director:
Elizabeth Baron-Kuhn, MD, baronkun@uic.edu

Program Coordinator:  Scott Boots, rsboots@uic.edu
Telephone: 312-355-3534
6 Weeks
Night Call:
6-10 hours
Students Accepted:
2-10 per site
Housestaff Used as Faculty:
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact:
Laboratory/Independent Study:
Pelvic Exam (Clinical Performance Center)
Total Hours/Week:
42 plus 6-10 hours of call

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KEY WORDS: Ambulatory Care, Family Planning, Reproductive Endocrinology, Gynecologic Oncology, Perinatology, Infertility, Contraception, Antepartum/Postpartum, Cervical Dysplasia, Amenorrhea 

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship.

Updated:  3/30/2015