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The expectation for the Basic OB/GYN Clerkship is that you begin to build the minimal foundation of knowledge and skills, which you will need in obstetrics and gynecology, regardless of the specialty you, decide to enter. This minimal foundation is described in the five goals that follow. It is recognized that in a busy 6 week clerkship mastery of all of the goals will be difficult. However, through efficient use of your time and sound planning, good progress will be realized in attaining these five goals.

Goal 1: Perform directed histories and physicals, and document this by written workups.

Curriculum: Faculty will teach and review with students an appropriate OB/GYN workup.
Benchmark: The exercise of writing comprehensive women's health workups will be benchmarked. An example can be found in the Reference section of the website.
Test: A total of two workups will be evaluated and critiqued by designated faculty. This component will be incorporated into the final clinical evaluation form.

Goal 2: Perform complete breast and pelvic exams on appropriate patients.

Curriculum: It is expected that all students should master the basic breast and pelvic exam during the clerkship. Residents, attendings, and preceptors in the outpatient and operating room settings will teach students these exams.
Test: Perform at least one complete breast and pelvic exam. The physician preceptor will evaluate the exam and document it on the end of rotation evaluation sheet

Goal 3: Acquire knowledge about OB/GYN conditions and diseases.

Curriculum: It is expected that students will learn the core Ob/Gyn curriculum as specified by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and is currently available via APGO Medical Students Educational Objectives for students In addition, students will also be exposed to patients with a variety of medical conditions.
  1. Students will actively participate in the evaluation and care of patients presenting with a variety of medical complaints or needs.
  2. Students will have direct face-to-face interaction with these patients. Students will read all required topics by the end of the rotation.
  1. USUHS students will take the NBME exam administered by their institution.
  2. HPSP students are required to give a presentation at the end of their rotation

Goal 4: Demonstrate interpersonal communications skills.

Curriculum: Faculty will model appropriate behavior. Students will:
  • Establish rapport with patients.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Establish sufficient visibility & rapport with preceptors & other faculty (& residents if present) to be fairly evaluated.
Test: Students will be evaluated specifically on these interpersonal skills and professionalism, and this evaluation will be reflected in the Student Performance Evaluation Form.

Goal 5: Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics.

Curriculum: Faculty will model appropriate behavior. Students will:
  • Demonstrate responsible and dependable involvement in patient care.
  • Participate actively in learning opportunities and work assignments.
  • Recognize your own limitations. Adhere to assignments in a professional manner.
  • Students participating in patient care activities are expected to present a professional image in both conduct and attire, including the following:
    • Personal cleanliness
    • Attire appropriate to professional environment
    • Fresh, clean, white coat (in clinic)
  • Professional conduct also includes the following:
    • Charts are to be left in the hospital
    • Don't discuss patients in public places
    • Don't argue diagnoses in front of patients
    • Arrive for clinics on time
Test: Students will be evaluated specifically on these interpersonal skills and professionalism, and this evaluation will be reflected in the Student Performance Evaluation Form.
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