The Core Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford is designed as an introduction to the field for medical students. Students spend a total of six weeks rotating through the various specialties in the Department.
Three weeks are spent as part of the labor and delivery team, following laboring and antepartum patients, assisting in deliveries and c-sections and taking night call. During this time, the students spend a few afternoons in the outpatient Obstetrics clinics, where students learn the fundamentals of examination of the pregnant patient, prenatal care and genetic counseling.
Students spend two weeks as part of the Gynecology service. During this time, students assist in the operating room where they see emergency room and in-patient consult patients. A significant portion of this time is also spent in the clinics. The Gynecology clinics at Stanford University Hospital introduce the students to both basic and complex gynecologic problems. While at the community clinics, the students can expect to learn the fundamentals of well-woman care, contraceptive counseling and prevention, and management of sexually transmitted diseases. A final week is spent with the Gynecologic Oncology service, during which time the students participate in the care of women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers.
Several advanced clerkships are offered for those students interested in pursuing more training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. These include two to four week rotations in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology and General Gynecology.