Clerkship Objectives

The overall goals for the second year Ob/Gyn Clerkship are listed below. Our purpose is to outline the “core” of ob/gyn knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that are fundamental for all medical students. We have also mapped those specific objectives to the institutional objectives.

Knowledge:  The student will learn:

  1. Health maintenance and preventive care for women, including age-related issues in cancer screening, screening for other common adult-onset illnesses, nutrition, sexual health, vaccination and risk factor identification and modification. (MK4)
  2. Acute and chronic conditions common in women’s general and reproductive health, including their diagnosis and treatment. (MK5)
  3. Principles of physiology and pharmacology applicable to women from puberty through their reproductive life and menopause, especially pregnancy and age-related changes. (MK1, MK2, MK3)
  4. Prenatal, intrapartum and post-partum care of normal pregnancy and common pregnancy-related complications as well as the care of women with acute or chronic illness throughout pregnancy. (MK5)
  5. Fetal and immediate neonatal assessment. (MK5)

Skills:  The student will demonstrate competence in:

  1. Communication skills
    • Interacting effectively and sensitively with patients, families, and with health care teams in verbal and written presentations. (C1)
    • Recognize the important role of patient education in prevention and treatment of disease. (C1)
    • Verbal Presentations: Organize a case presentation to accurately reflect the reason for the evaluation, the chronology of the history, the details of physical findings, the differential diagnosis and the suggested initial evaluation. Include age specific information and precise description of physical findings.  Justify the thought process that led to the diagnostic and therapeutic plan. (C2)
    • Written Documentation: Document the independent clinical thinking of the student.  When using templates, or their own prior documentation, students should carefully adjust the note to reflect newly completed work and to ensure the note is a useful addition to the medical record. (C2)
  2. History Taking: From patients in more complex situations such as in the emergency and labor setting, collecting complete and accurate information and focusing appropriately. (PC1)
    • Describe how to modify the interview depending on the clinical situation—inpatient, outpatient, acute and routine settings. (PC1)
  3. Physical Exams:  complete and focused depending on indication and condition. (PC2)
  4. Clinical Problem Solving:  Using data from history, physical, labs and studies to define problems, develop a differential diagnosis, and identify associated risks. (PC4, PC5)
  5. Clinical Decision Making:  Incorporating patient data with patient needs and desires when formulating diagnostic and therapeutic plans. (PC5)
  6. Evidence-Based Medicine: Ability to conduct an evidence-based search surrounding a specific clinical question and to appropriately evaluate the literature to answer such question. (PBL12)
  7. Self-Education:  Recognizing knowledge deficits and learning needs through a reflective self-assessment process, plan or seek assistance in remediation of knowledge deficits, develop key critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Seek feedback. (PBL11, PBL13)

Professionalism:  The student will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate compassion, empathy and respect toward patients, including respect for the patient’s modesty, privacy and confidentiality. (P1)
  2. Demonstrate communication skills with patients  that convey respect, integrity, flexibility, sensitivity and compassion. (P1)
  3. Demonstrate respect for patient attitudes, behaviors and lifestyle, paying particular attention to cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic influences. (P5)
  4. Function as an effective member of the health care team, demonstrating collegiality and respect for all members of the health care team. (P2)
  5. Demonstrate a positive attitude and regard for education by demonstrating intellectual curiosity, initiative, honesty, responsibility, dedication to being prepared, maturity in soliciting, accepting and acting on feedback, flexibility when differences of opinion arise and reliability. (PBL13)
  6. Identify and explore personal strengths, weaknesses and goals. (PBL14)