Started back after Winter Break with Ob/Gyn.
Timeline: 6 weeks
During this clerkship, we rotated for 3 weeks on different Gyn teams (1 week Benign Gyn clinic, 1 week Benign Gyn OR, and 1 week Gyn Onc) and 3 weeks on L&D (1 week L&D day shift, 1 week L&D night shift, and 1 week on Antepartum).
Other: weekly lecture/case based study with quiz; NBME at the end of the clerkship
We also had one labor simulation lab, as well as attended Gyn Grand Rounds and High-Risk Ob conferences each week.
The hours greatly varied from week to week depending on what service we were on. Approximately the hours were: Benign Gyn clinic: 8am-5pm; Benign Gyn OR: 5:30am-4pm; Gyn Onc 5:30am-4pm; L&D days 7am-3pm; L&D nights either 3pm-11pm or 11pm-7am; Antepartum 6am-5pm.
During clinic, we would typically interview patients on our own, present to a resident, and then do the physical exam together. We were taught how to do speculum exams and Pap smears on our own and observed endometrial biopsies and LEEPs. On the surgery services, we were responsible for following 2-3 patients to present to the team and then attend all the surgeries for the day. Surgeries included everything from hysterectomies and cold knife cones to D&Cs and excision of tumors. On L&D service, we spent time in triage, which was like an ED to evaluate acute problems in pregnant patients after 24weeks, and attended vaginal deliveries and C-sections.
Blueprints for Ob/Gyn: This book was a detailed but concise summary of Ob/Gyn. The chapters were pretty easy to read through but did not lack on the important information.
UWorld questions: UWorld questions are always great to help grasp the types and format of questions that will be asked on board exams.
Ob/Gyn was definitely a busy 6 weeks. There was so much variation covering both Obstetrics and Gynecology and going between so many different services, including both clinic and the OR. Doing so, however, meant that we got to see so many different things and learn a ton!
Have you done an Ob/Gyn clerkship? What was your experience like? Do you have any other questions about what my time on Ob/Gyn was like? Feel free to leave your comments and questions below.
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