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Second Year

At Duke, all medical students complete a six-week clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology during the second year and have the opportunity to take 2-week electives as well. The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to the delivery of comprehensive medical care and counseling services to female patients from menarche to menopause and beyond. The clerkship provides students with the basic knowledge of obstetrical and gynecological conditions that is necessary for good practice in any medical field. The course consists of formal teaching sessions, case-based clinical reasoning classes (CBL), and clinical experiences. The general clerkship goals are listed below:

  1. To provide an introduction to the core material in obstetrics and gynecology.
  2. To prepare students for successful completion of the relevant portions of medical licensing exams.
  3. To provide a clinical experience that will build both medical and surgical clinical skills.
  4. To provide a clinical experience on which to make career decisions.
  5. To identify the challenges (research opportunities) in the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology for the student.

In order to effectively meet these goals, the clerkship is divided into 3 sub-rotations, each of which is approximately 14 days in duration.  These rotations include (a) Obstetrics, (b) Gynecology, and (c) Out-Patient Care.  Emphasis is placed upon meaningful clinical experiences and inter-professional collaboration.  The student is actively engaged as a member of the health care team and encouraged to be intimately involved in the diagnosis, management and care of the patient.

If you have any questions about the required Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship, please contact the Director of the Clerkship, Dr. Sarah Dotters-Katz (sarah.dotters-katz@duke.edu) or Undergraduate Medical Education. This course is not available to students from outside institutions.

 

 

Clerkships

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology - OBGYN-205C. This course is for second year medical students in the traditional track. It is required of all second-year students in the and consists of six weeks in general obstetrics and gynecology. Students attend lectures, work daily in the general and special outpatient clinics, and are assigned patients on the obstetric and gynecologic wards. Students share in patient care, teaching exercises, and in daily tutorial sessions with the faculty. Clinical conferences, a gynecologic-pathology conference, endocrine conferences, and correlative seminars and lectures are included. Credit: 6. Sarah Dotters-Katz, MD

 

Primary Care Leadership Track (PCLT) - Obstetrics and Gynecology - OBGYN-206C. This course is required of all second- year students in the Primary Care Leadership Track (PCLT). In this track, students are matched for nine weeks with longitudinal preceptors in out-patient gynecology. Students in the PCLT track are also trained in group facilitation and matched with a Centering Pregnancy group, which they help lead. The delivery timing for this group corresponds with the 2 weeks of inpatient obstetric time. Students share in patient care, teaching exercises, and in daily tutorial sessions with the faculty. Clinical conferences, a gynecologic- pathology conference, endocrine conferences, and correlative seminars and lectures are offered. Credit: 6. Sarah Dotters-Katz, MD

 

Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum - Obstetrics & Gynecology  - OBGYN-209C. This course is required of all second-year students in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship. Students are paired with a general ob/gyn preceptor for 2-3 months and a Gyn-Oncologist for 2-3 months, who they will work with on a weekly basis. They will also develop a panel of patients and follow those patients to ancillary associated appointments (chemotherapy, physical therapy) and surgeries. There is also 2 weeks inpatient obstetric time. Students share in patient care, teaching exercises, and in daily tutorial sessions with faculty. Clinical conferences, a gynecologic-pathology conference, endocrine conferences, and correlative seminars and lectures are included. Credit: 6. Sarah Dotters-Katz, MD

 

Two-Week Clinical Selectives

 

Prenatal Diagnosis - OBGYN-220C. Students will spend 2 weeks in one of the prenatal diagnostic units within Duke. They will divide their time between diagnostic ultrasound and genetic counseling. Time will also be allotted for the student to experience the cytogenetics lab. The student will be expected to learn common fetal malformations, genetic disorders and syndromes and be able to discuss their etiologies and evaluation. The student will be expected to understand common screening techniques in the prenatal period including pedigree analysis and risk assessment. Enrollment Max. 1. Location: Fetal Diagnostic Center is located at Lofts at Lakeview, 2608 Erwin Road, Suite 200 (above Chipotle Grill). For more information, please contact Dr. Brita Boyd via email at brita.boyd@duke.edu and/or Regan Matthews at chall002@mc.duke.edu regarding start time . Dr. Boyd can be reached by phone at 919-684-2595. Students should meet at 8:30 am in the Fetal Diagnostic Center reading room the first Monday of the rotation. Brita Boyd, MD

 

Introduction to Reproductive Endocrinology - OBGYN-221C. This course is a short introduction to reproductive endocrinology for students interested in a career in reproductive medicine. Because of the short duration of the course, each student is encouraged to focus either on the clinical or laboratory aspects of the service. During the course, each student will research a focused question in reproductive endocrinology and present his/her findings at a division meeting. Students must contact the instructor prior to registration. Credit: 2. Enrollment Max. 1. Location: 5704 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713.