Departmental Course: Obstetrics and Gynecology

​​​Clerkship Administrator: Jessica Sidhu
Phone: 206.543.3892

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Elective Schedule. Students must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s).

Prerequisites for OB/GYN Clerkships: 

Please include in your initial application an official USMLE Step 1 and 2, if completed, score report and performance in 3rd year core clerkships. This information will be used to determine which visiting students will be offered one of our limited prime summer and autumn slots. Due to the limited number, we will not be able to offer electives to international students. We require a minimum of three clinical honors and 230 or above on USMLE Step 1 and 240 or above on USMLE step 2.

To Apply:   

  1. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.  For strong consideration students should apply before May 1.
  2. Students must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  3. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Students must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator (contact information above).

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology currently does not accept International Visiting Students.

OB GYN 681 – Gynecological Oncology Subspecialty

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Instructor: Dr. Renata Urban

OB/GYN 681 provides a four-week elective student experience in the area of reproductive tract malignancy. The student follows selected patients through primary surgery, recovery, and initial adjuvant treatment, as well as continuing treatment, in both clinic and inpatient settings. The objective is to develop a working understanding of the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the treatment of patients. It is anticipated that you will primarily follow those patients whose surgery you attend. Your experience will be directed by the Gyn Oncology Fellow and Chief Resident, as well as the eight attending physicians.


  1. The student will understand basic components of the evaluation, counseling, and management of women with gynecologic masses as well as pre-malignant and malignant gynecologic conditions.
  2. Students will acquire basic surgical skills and be exposed to complex surgical procedures for treatment of gynecologic oncology patients.
  3. The student will describe adjuvant therapies used in the care of women with reproductive malignancies (i.e., chemotherapy and radiation therapy).
  4. The student will demonstrate skills in triage of multiple critical patients simultaneously, multi-tasking, working with multi-disciplinary teams in the care of gynecologic oncology patients.
  5. The student will appreciate the breadth and depth of the specialty of gynecologic oncology.

OB GYN 682 – Antenatal High Risk Obstetrics

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks

This four-week rotation is spent on the High-Risk Antenatal OB ward in clinic services. The student will round daily with the residents and attending staff, and is responsible for initial workups, daily laboratory evaluations, and the continuing care of the high-risk antepartum patients. Excellent coordination between the student, the OB chief resident, the antepartum OB resident, and the faculty is required to maintain continuity of patient care. In most cases, this rotation DOES NOT INCLUDE delivery or ON-CALL schedule, and it must not interfere with third-year student basic clerkship experience with normal OB patients. The student will arrange weekly conferences with the Antepartum attending and present at least one topic during the rotation.


  1. The student will understand the effect of common medical diseases on the course of pregnancy and the effect of pregnancy on the course of common medical diseases (i.e. hypertension, diabetes, collagen vascular disease, cardiac disease, asthma, etc).
  2. The student will identify multiple causes of preterm birth, be able to evaluate patients with threatened preterm labor, and discuss the treatment options, and counseling that is relevant for patients with this condition.
  3. The student will demonstrate the ability to manage diabetes in pregnancy.
  4. The student will demonstrate skills in triage of multiple critical patients simultaneously, multi-tasking, working with multi-disciplinary teams in antepartum care.
  5. The student will appreciate the breadth and depth of the specialty of perinatal medicine.