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Clerkship Overview


The purpose of this rotation is to provide instruction in the basic knowledge and skills specific to the reproductive health maintenance and disorders of women. The clerkship stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, interviewing skills, appropriate physical exam, and clinical problem solving in caring for patients. We will emphasize the importance of quality obstetrics and gynecology in providing continuous, comprehensive care for women. This foundation will prepare the student for his/her future role as a physician, regardless of specialty choice. Additionally, the clerkship provides exposure to our specialty for those third year students interested in Ob/Gyn as a career choice.


Students in the 6-week Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship are placed at Boston Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, Mount Auburn, Lowell (Community Health Center and Lowell General Hospital), St. Elizabeth’s, Norwood Hospital, Framingham Metro West Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, San Jose. Students will spend two weeks on the Gynecology Service, two weeks on the Obstetrics service and two weeks in ambulatory, in both general and specialty clinics. During the gynecology rotation, three of the students (from Boston Medical Center) will be based at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Students will receive teaching from attendings, residents, midwives and other providers involved in the care of patients in our practice. Each student will have a weekly continuity experience with a general Ob/Gyn provider, participating in their clinic for the entire 6-week block. Students on the obstetric service will work night shifts and go home post night. In addition to their clinical experience, there are weekly didactics offered Wednesdays. The topics for these sessions are derived from Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Medical Student Educational Objectives.

The BUSM Graduate:

Behaves in a caring, compassionate and sensitive manner toward

patients and colleagues of all cultures and backgrounds. (Patient Care

and Professionalism)

Uses the science of normal and abnormal states of health to prevent

disease, to recognize and diagnose illness and to provide an appropriate

level of care (Medical Knowledge; Patient Care)

Communicates with colleagues and patients to ensure effective

interprofessional medical care (Interpersonal and Communication Skills,

Patient Care)

Acts in accordance with the highest ethical standards of medical practice


Reviews and critically appraises biomedical literature and evidence for

the purpose of ongoing improvement of the practice of medicine (Practice-

based learning and Improvement, Medical Knowledge)

Exhibits commitment and aptitude for life-long learning and continuing improvement as a physician (Practice-based Learning)

Supports optimal patient care through identifying and using resources of the health care system (Systems-based Practice; Patient Care)