The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers externships to fourth-year medical students. We offer electives in obstetrics/labor and delivery, gynecology, high-risk obstetrics, gynecologic oncology and combined obstetrics and gynecology.
All electives are four weeks in duration and have a maximum of one to three students per rotation. Students are encouraged to attend conferences for the teams to which they are assigned, as well as the general Wednesday morning conferences for the Department.
Applicants from LCME-accredited medical schools are given preference in filling externship positions. Students must be in good standing with their home school and must have completed all third-year course requirements and be eligible to start their fourth year at their respective medical schools by the time they begin their externship
Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery
This rotation emphasizes clinical care and patient contact. The chief resident and the generalist OB/GYN faculty supervise the students. Students participate in the evaluation and management of laboring patients, as well as postpartum patients. Along with the obstetrics team, students attend the obstetrics clinics and assist in prenatal care. Night call in labor and delivery is optional.
This rotation emphasizes clinical care and patient contact, as well as fundamentals in gynecologic surgery. Students join the residency program's gynecology team in caring for gynecologic patients, evaluating clinic patients, and assisting in surgery. They participate in the evaluation and management of gynecologic patients in both the hospital and the outpatient clinic, and they assist in surgical procedures and perform morning and evening rounds. An upper-level resident and faculty generalist supervise each student. Night call is optional.
We recommend reading any of the following texts: Droegemuellers' Comprehensive Gynecology; Copeland's Textbook of Gynecology; or Te Linde's Operative Gynecology.
This rotation emphasizes high-risk obstetric clinical care, patient contact, prenatal diagnosis, and ultrasound. Students participate in the evaluation, care, and management of high-risk antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum patients. They see patients in the maternal-fetal medicine office, outpatient clinic, and labor and delivery unit. The maternal-fetal medicine resident and the MFM faculty supervise the students. Night call in labor and delivery is optional.
This rotation, available in selected months, emphasizes clinical care and patient contact, as well as fundamentals in gynecologic oncology surgery. Students participate in the evaluation and management of gynecologic oncology patients in a private office setting, in the outpatient clinic, and in the hospital. An upper-level resident and a faculty gynecologic oncologist supervise each student. Students participate in surgical procedures and perform morning and evening rounds. They also take part in an outpatient oncology clinic with an upper-level resident and perform weekend morning rounds with a resident and attending physician. Night call is optional.
We recommend reading any of the following texts: Berek and Hacker, Practical Gynecologic Oncology; Morrow and Townsend, Synopsis of Gynecologic Oncology; Hoskins, Perez, and Young, Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology; or Disaia and Creasman, Clinical Gynecologic Oncology.
Combined Obstetrics & Gynecology
This program combines two weeks in each service.