Core Clerkship Obstetrics/Gynecology

Credits: 6 CREDITS (Clinical Core)
Sites: BWH
Director(s): Robert Barbieri, Deborah Bartz, Nicki Johnson (she/her)
Prerequisites: Year III standing
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The clerkship provides an overview of important aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. The primary objective is to impart a basic knowledge of those aspects of the care of women essential for all future physicians. Included is the fundamental clinical information and skills development necessary to care for the pregnant woman and female patients with disorders of the reproductive system. The clerkship also strives to stimulate thinking and problem-solving, to develop skills for effective communication and to strengthen self-confidence and study skills. The clerkship is divided into an obstetrics and a gynecology rotation, with sites in ambulatory clinics, health centers, the operating room, inpatient units, and Labor and Delivery. Wednesdays are devoted to comprehensive seminars. Each student will be asked to prepare a case presentation. Presentations are expected to be case-based, interactive and evidence-based. In an effort to develop team building, students are assigned to individual residents in each component of the clerkship. Students are supervised by housestaff, faculty, midwives, nurses and other professional staff. Midway in the clerkship, a review session is scheduled for feedback with the Clerkship co-Director. This provides students an opportunity to openly discuss their experiences, pro and con, and to address any difficulties. Each student is scheduled for an end of the clerkship feedback session.