We expect all students to achieve the following objectives during their clerkship:

The student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate clinical skills in the medical interview and physical exam including the pelvic exam
  • Collect and interpret cervical cytology and understand limitations of the technique
  • Have a thorough understanding of modern contraceptive technology including pregnancy termination
  • Know the differential diagnosis of the “acute abdomen” – pelvic infection, ectopic pregnancy, adnexal torsion, appendicitis, diverticulitis, renal calculi
  • Understand the physiologic adjustments that accompany normal gestation, especially alterations in laboratory test results
  • Understand embryonic and fetal development, things that effect it, what is and what is not teratogenic
  • Participate in discussions of ethical issues, and social and health policy aspects of women’s health
  • Understand the menstrual cycle, including the menopause
  • Understand basic infertility causes and treatment
  • Have thorough knowledge of care of the intrapartum patient
  • Understand breast health including breastfeeding
  • Understand vaginal and vulvar disorders such as vaginitis, common sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
  • Understand female sexuality and sexual disorders
  • Understand management of common problems in obstetrics such as diabetes, preeclampsia, postterm pregnancy, 3rd trimester bleeding etc.
  • Understand proper screening recommendations for reproductive cancers – breast, cervix, ovary, uterus, vulvaClinic Expectations
  • M3 Clerkship – Mutual Expectations (Student/Resident)

These objectives will be met through a combination of clinical experience, didactic sessions and self-directed reading.

A more complete explanation of the clerkship objectives is found in the APGO Medical Student Educational Objectives 8th edition, which can be found on the Blackboard site.