Obstetrics and Gynecology is a specialty that focuses on women's health, primarily pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal care. An obstetrician also has full knowledge of all associated diseases, illnesses, and complications as it relates to pregnancy and childbirth. Gynecology is a surgical specialty that specializes in diseases and illnesses of the female reproductive tract and life cycle. An Obstetrician-Gynecologist is able to provide complete care for a woman through her entire life. Subspecialties of OB/GYN include maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancies), reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gynecologic oncology, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (also urological conditions).
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology participates in the student's undergraduate medical education during their four years at the college through didactic lectures as well as hands-on skills workshops. In the first year, the OB/GYN faculty assist the Anatomy Department in pelvic anatomy and anatomy presentations and lectures. In the second year, the department faculty participate, lecture and assist the ICM courses on multiple aspects of women's health care. The department also offers an elective course for second-year students who want to learn more about obstetrics and gynecology. This course includes a didactic component as well as a skill component. This elective gives the students an opportunity to work one-on-one with the faculty, hands-on vaginal delivery with a birthing model, introductory interaction with the Noelle - Birthing Simulator, review of suture skills, and laparoscopic surgery simulation. During this elective students have a chance to visit a labor and delivery unit prior to their clerkship, which will enhance their familiarity during their third year OB/GYN core clerkship. The OB/GYN Department is responsible for the required core clinical rotation in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the third year. A required pre-rotation component features an intensive small-group workshop where students have hands-on, skill-based workshop involving case presentation and simulation. The skills development workshop consists of a simulation delivery with Noelle (an interactive birthing simulator that mimics a true labor and delivery experience), followed by hands-on vaginal delivery with a birthing model, and concluding with a review of suture skills. This pre-rotation workshop facilitates student's preparation for their clerkship rotation. The core clerkship of OB/GYN is a four-week rotation, available in either a ward-based setting or preceptor-based setting. During the third year, additional clinical training opportunities in OB/GYN are offered within the rural and primary care rotations. In the Fourth-year, the OB/GYN Department is responsible for oversight of the subspecialty electives in OB/GYN, including Maternal Fetal Medicine (High Risk Obstetrics), Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology (Female Pelvic Medicine), Minimally Invasive Surgery and Reproductive Endocrinology (REI). Department members actively participate and advise the leadership and members of the OB/GYN club. Faculty offer supplementary didactic lectures/workshops as well as assist with community service and fundraising activities. The department also selects two OB/GYN club members to attend and participate in the yearly ACOOG conference. We offer third and fourth year students the opportunity to attend other local conferences in specialties of OB/GYN outside the campus. The OB/GYN faculty maintain an open-door policy and are integrally involved in coaching and mentoring students regarding career choices and the residency match process. They actively advise students in the area of Women's Healthcare as well as other Surgical Specialties and Family Medicine. This includes information about the board requirements and selection of sub-internships and useful elective rotations to fulfill the desired residency application.