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OBGYN Clerkship

The Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship introduces students to core content that defines the practice of Women’s Health. During the 6-week clerkship, students will have the opportunity to interact with women in all stages of life, from adolescence through and beyond menopause. OBGYN provides a wide range of practice options while caring for women across their lifespan. Students will see patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Majority of the experience will take place at the downtown campus (Main Hospital, Hollings, Rutledge Tower, VA Hospital & Cannon Place). Some students will be assigned to work in the MUSC Women’s Health outpatient clinics in Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, North Charleston & Summerville. Students will be divided into 5 teams and each team will start on a different inpatient service.

Students will be provided an individualized schedule prior to orientation.

Inpatient Experiences (1 Week Each)

  • Antepartum: students will be exposed to patients who are admitted to the hospital during pregnancy or more complicated postpartum patients. Majority of the work load will be in the morning on Monday through Friday.
  • Labor and Delivery: students will have an opportunity to follow laboring patients, evaluate exam room patients, and help residents with consults on admitted patients and in the ED. Once during the L&D week, students will stay overnight for a call shift. Students are expected to work on the weekend.
  • Postpartum: students will round on low risk postpartum patients. Majority of the work load will be in the morning on Monday through Friday.
  • Gynecology Oncology: is a very busy service with lots of very sick patients, and the students help is very valuable on this service. In turn, students can learn much about perioperative care, gynecologic cancers, chemotherapy, and inpatient care. Students will see a great blend of gynecology, surgery and medicine issues. This week tends to have a more demanding work load and students are expected to round on the weekend.
  • Benign Gynecology: students will have the opportunity to participate in inpatient rounding, operating room cases, and ED/hospital consults. Students may see a variety of gynecologic conditions such as acute heavy menstrual bleeding requiring transfusion, PID, pelvic pain, and postoperative care. Students will work Monday through Friday on this service. 

Outpatient Experiences

  • Faculty Practice Mentor Clinic: students will be assigned to work with one Benign Attending, Certified Nurse Midwife or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner one half day each week.
  • Resident Mentor Continuity Clinic: one half day each week with an Obgyn Resident.
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine/High Risk Obstetric experience: one half day clinic with a MFM Attending, MFM Fellow, Geneticist or Ultrasound.

Core Teaching Experiences

  • Grand Rounds: These take place on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the Clinical Science Building 628H, student attendance is required.
  • Student Learning Teams (SLT): students will be assigned to one of three teams, which will meet weekly on Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Each learning team has a pair of faculty leaders. During each session, a faculty member will guide students through a series of case-based scenarios that cover key learning objectives for 3rd year medical students. Guidance is provided for preparation for each group.
  • Suture Workshop: Obgyn Residents teach a knot-tying and suturing class once during the clerkship.
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Lecture: given by MUSC/Coastal Fertility physicians: Dr. John Schnorr, Dr. Michael Slowey or Dr. Heather Cook.
  • Dr. Underwood Gynecology Lectures: Dr. Paul Underwood will meet with students weekly on Fridays to lead a teaching session. During these teaching sessions, Dr. Underwood will ask for student questions and cases from the week and review high yield information.
  • Dr. Creasman Oncology Lecture: during Oncology week students will attend Dr. Creasman’s lecture.
  • Unstable Patient Simulation: As a team, students identifies an unstable patient and must demonstrate their knowledge and skills in assisting the patient. Afterwards, Dr. Chris Goodier will review the scenario with the team and provide feedback.
  • Independent Study Curriculum: High yield video, modules, case files & question bank that students may not be exposed to on the clerkship.

Additional Clerkship Requirements

  • Midpoint Feedback: students will receive a midpoint card that must be completed by a Faculty or Resident and turned in on week 3 or 4 of the clerkship
  • Observations Card (4): Faculty member must observe a student performing a Pelvic exam, Breast exam, Obstetric History & Gynecologic and Sexual History
  • Obgyn Procedure and Diagnoses log
  • SOAP note card: a minimum of 11 SOAP notes must be written and reviewed by Faculty & Residents
  • OSCE: on the last Wednesday of the clerkship
  • NBME: on the last Friday of the clerkship

Detailed expectations, requirements, grading policy and schedules are located on Harbor.

MUSC Obgyn clerkship adheres to all College of Medicine policies & procedures

Andrea Shrader
843-792-1241
shradera@musc.edu