Elective Courses

Our electives let you pursue clinical and research experiences tailored to your interests. You can select intensive experiences in a variety of areas, including reproductive endocrinology, maternal-fetal medicine and clinical gynecology-obstetrics.

Four-week elective periods during your fourth year may provide either additional clerkship experience or opportunity to pursue investigative interests.

  • GYN 810 Gynecologic Oncology, 4 credits

    The intent of this rotation is to help students gain experience in methods of treatment and diagnosis of patients with gynecologic cancer.

    The students will participate in all aspects of diagnosis, problem solving, and treatment of patients with gynecologic cancer admitted to University-affiliated Gyn-Ob units.  They will be exposed to pelvic anatomy by scrubbing in radical pelvic surgery, and learn the principles of radiotherapy.  Experience with the use of chemotherapy in gynecologic cancer will also be gained.

    Upon completion of this rotation, the students should know how to screen the general population for early detection of cancer.

    MS3 students must contact course coordinator for permission before registering

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of GYN 700

    Module: A - J Blocks: 3 & 4 (not available Blocks 1 & 2 for third year students)

    Number of students: 1

    Course Director: Peter Frederick, MD

    Course Coordinator: Colleen Stewart

  • GYN 821 Subinternship in Clinical Gynecology-Obstetrics, 4 credits

    The goals of this rotation are to allow the students to observe and participate in the clinical management of obstetric and gynecologic patients.

    During the rotation the students will be given the opportunity to observe and participate in management of outpatient and in-hospital obstetrics and gynecological patients particularly in urban, underserved areas.

    Upon completion of the rotation, the students will be able to recognize, manage, and treat common obstetrical and gynecological problems.  The students should be able to perform normal vaginal deliveries and do D&C's, cervical biopsies.  They should also perform pelvic exams and office management of obstetric and gynecologic conditions.

    MS3 students must contact the course coordinator for permission prior to registering.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of GYN 700

    Module: A - J Blocks: 3 & 4 (not available in blocks 1 & 2 for third year students)

    Number of students: 1

    Course Director: Faye Justicia-Linde, MD

    Course Coordinator: Colleen Stewart

  • GYN 823 Sub-internship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 4 credits

    The sub-internship in maternal-fetal medicine is designed to provide the fourth year student with experience in complicated pregnancy management. Students committed to a career in obstetrics and gynecology will have the additional advantage of enhancing their clinical and technical skills in anticipation of beginning their residency training.

    The student will be a member of the high risk pregnancy team at the regional perinatal center, and will learn the principles involved in the management of medical & surgical complications of pregnancy, as well as the management of structural, genetic and physiologic fetal disease states.

    The student will be exposed to basic and advanced obstetrical ultrasound, fetal surveillance techniques, Doppler ultrasound, fetal echocardiography, amniocentesis and invasive fetal procedures.

    The experience will include inpatient, consultative and outpatient complex pregnancy management. Experience in ambulatory care will take place in the high risk pregnancy clinic and pregnancy diabetes clinic housed in the perinatal center. Attendance at both of these clinics, which take place weekly, is mandatory. 

    Didactic teaching will consist of conferences, rounds, and selected assigned reading.

    Research opportunities are available for the interested student.

    At the end of the rotation, students will be able to identify perinatal risk factors and have an appreciation for the medical and technical aspects of complex pregnancy management.

    Night call is not required.

    MS3 students must contact the course coordinator for permission prior to registering.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of GYN 700

    Modules: A - J Blocks: 3 & 4 (not available Blocks 1 & 2 for third year students)

    Number of students: 2

    Course Director: Thaddeus Waters, MD. Students are encouraged to contact the director prior to starting the rotation. 

    Course Coordinator: Colleen Stewart

  • GYN 829 Reproductive Endocrinology, 4 credits

    This elective is offered to fourth year medical students who wish to gain experience in all aspects of reproductive endocrinology. 

    Students will be exposed to a variety of patients in an outpatient setting as well as both office and hospital based surgery. 

    A significant portion of the clinical material is centered on infertility diagnosis and treatment.  Some of the procedures utilized in the office setting will include the following: 

    • vaginal ultrasound monitoring of ovulation and early pregnancy,
    • intrauterine insemination,
    • sonohysterosalpingograms, and
    • ovulation induction with fertility medication.  

    A full range of assisted reproductive technologies is performed in the office and IVF/andrology laboratory.  Students will be exposed to:

    • in vitro fertilization,
    • microinjection of sperm into oocytes (ICSI),
    • transvaginal aspiration of ovarian follicles under conscious sedation,
    • computerized semen analysis, and
    • cryopreservation of embryos, semen and testicular tissue.

    In addition to infertility patients, the student will be exposed to patients with a variety of presenting complaints such as: 

    • endometriosis,
    • pituitary tumors,
    • hyperprolactinemia,
    • irregular bleeding,
    • polycystic ovarian syndrome,
    • hirsutism,
    • uterine and vaginal congenital anomalies,
    • fibroid uterus,
    • menopausal symptoms, and
    • ovarian cysts.

    Hospital based surgery is performed four days a week.  The student will be exposed to:

    • laser laparoscopy,
    • operative and diagnostic hysteroscopy,
    • myomectomies,
    • exploratory laparotomies for endometriosis and a variety of benign gynecologic problems.

    In addition, the various operative techniques utilized to reduce adhesion formation will be stressed.

    Finally, the student will be exposed to ongoing research projects which currently include:

    • use of genetically engineered LH to determine its role in maturation of ovarian follicles,
    • epidemiological studies with endometriosis patients,
    • role of cytokines in polycystic ovarian patients with insulin resistance.

    Evaluation of student performance will include didactic presentations as well as indicators listed in the Consensus Evaluation Form.

    Prerequisite: MS4

    Modules: A - J

    Number of students: 1

    Course Instructor: John Sullivan, PhD, MD

    Course Coordinator: Colleen Stewart

  • GYN 840 Preceptorship in Gynecology and Obstetrics, 4 credits

    The goal of this course is aimed at an expansion of knowledge gained in the third-year clerkship by providing special opportunities to refine, develop, and practice those skills which relate directly to the delivery of care in obstetrics and gynecology.

    The course will be conducted in affiliated and participating hospitals, specified clinics in gynecology and obstetrics, and in private office settings.  Preceptor arrangements, to be established early in the course, will provide the basis for determining individual activity scheduling for the course. Knowledge of the mechanics and techniques involved in running a private office will also be provided.

    Upon completion of the course, each student will be expected to be able to: (1) arrange for or conduct appropriate management of any gynecologic or obstetric condition revealed in his or her examination of the patient; (2) recognize his or her own limitations in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient; (3) know the options available for patient care, and when and how to seek consultation and to make referrals.

    Prerequisite: Senior medical student or permission of OME and instructor.

    Modules: A - J

    Course Coordinators:  Faye Justicia-Linde, MD, (administrative); Clinical Preceptor to be arranged per rotation and with department permission.

    Number of students: 1 senior

  • GYN 890 Course at Other University, 4 credits

    By arrangement with other university and chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Jacobs School. Students should contact the course coordinator prior to registering.

    Prerequisite: MS4

    Modules: A - K

    Number of students: unlimited

    Course Director: Faye E. Justicia-Linde, MD

    Course Coordinator: Colleen Stewart

  • GYN 950 Research, 4 credits

    Students may have an opportunity to work with a faculty member on an ongoing research project or a research project of their own.

    Prior to registering for a research elective, students will need to meet with Dr. Milling regarding project and work with the department to find a faculty mentor. Students should discuss project ideas with their mentor and provide a short description of the research they would like to conduct during the elective. Students will then take this description to the department chair and/or course director for approval. After obtaining approval, students will complete a drop/add form, working with the appropriate department/course coordinators and send the completed form to the registrar in order to register for the research elective.

    Prerequisite: MS4

    Modules: A-K

    Number of students: 1

    Course Coordinator: Colleen Stewart