4th Year Courses

Clerkship Director: Vicki Mendiratta, MD
Clerkship Administrator: Jessica Sidhu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Goals: To gain further knowledge and experience in the specialty or subspeciatly of Ob/Gyn
Schedules: Varies by site
Conferences: Grand Rounds and Resident Didactics
Presentations: Present at least one topic to residents and attendings during the rotation
Readings/Texts: Basic Ob/Gyn texts and readings are assigned
Evaluations: Student performance evaluations are completed by preceptors, faculty attendings, and residents (see sample form in Reference section). Student evaluations of the site, faculty attending, preceptors, and residents are required prior to the student receiving a grade. Evaluation forms will be sent electronically at the end of the rotation.
Length/Credits: Four weeks/Eight credits each rotation, unless otherwise noted
Prerequisites:

OB GYN 665 (or equivalent) and all core clerkships. Electives April through January are reserved for those students planning on applying to OB/GYN for residency. UW students will only be permitted to take 1 elective during this time period, but may take another in the 2nd half of the year. This time period is excellent for students who wish to get to know the program, residents, and faculty. There are a limited number of slots. OB GYN 681, 683, and 685 may be used to fulfill the Surgery Selective requirement. OB GYN electives are permission onl; please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in taking one of our electives. 

For any student interested in exploring a career in Ob/Gyn, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Clerkship Director, to set up a mentoring appointment.

628: Gynecology Elective - Family Planning and Abortion Care

OBGYN 628 is a 2 week clerkship designed to introduce 4th year medical students to first trimester abortion care and family planning through direct involvement under the supervision of family medicine and OBGYN providers.  Students will have hands-on exposure to first trimester surgical abortion, medication abortion, and LARC insertion (inserting IUDs and observing the insertion of Implants) with the goal of being comfortable with each procedure by the end of the clerkship. The student will also participate in pregnancy decision counseling, ultrasound dating of pregnancy, and contraception counseling.  The participating medical student will spend 2 weeks rotating between three Cedar River clinics (Seattle, Tacoma, and Renton). Limited availability:  Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.

 Please contact Jessica Sidhu, clerkship administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request permission for registration. 

638: Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington & Northern Idaho (Spokane, WA)

Objectives:

  1. History skills. Gather the important information that is needed for the Ob/Gyn history and complete a history in the medical record.
  2. Physical examination skills. Complete a pertinent physical exam for the evaluation of pregnancy. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this pertinent physical examination while being observed by an attending physician.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: contraceptive options, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy termination and contraceptive counseling.
  4. Attidude: demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Family Planning care team, patients, and families.
  5. Career/context: know the training/career pathway for Family Planning.

Students will be expected to gain experience in the following areas:

  1. PAP
  2. STI check
  3. Early pregnancy check and ultrasound
  4. Colposcopy
  5. LEEPs
  6. Essure
  7. 1st Trimester Ultrasound
  8. Medical and surgical abortion
  9. Management of failed 1st trimester pregnancies

Faculty Contact: Denise Bayuszik, MD 

Please contact clinical administrative assistant, Lexie Roberson directly for elective availabilty.

Lexie Roberson
Medical Affairs Manager
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho
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681P & 683P: Gynecological Oncology Subspecialty

681-offered at UWMC (two students/section), Swedish (one student/section) and Northwest Hospital (one student/section); fulfills Surgery Selective requirement. UWMC available year-round. Swedish available Su, Au only. Northwest Hospital available Au, Wi only.

683-offered in Boise, ID; one student/section; fulfills Surgery Selective requirement. available Su A, Au A, Wi A, Sp A only.

Objectives for all Gynecological Oncology Courses:

  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.

Faculty Contact: Renata Urban, MD (OB GYN 681 UWMC); Joshua Press, MD (OB GYN 681 Swedish); Gerardo Perez, MD or Pat Connor, MD (OB GYN 683); Kathryn McGonigle, M.D. (Northwest Hospital).

682P: Antenatal High Risk Obstetrics

Two students/section

  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.

Faculty Contact: Kim Ma, MD, Director,Antepartum Sub-I
Alyssa Stephenson-Famy, Assistant Director,Antepartum Sub-I

Tips for Antepartum Services, Courtesy of Elizabeth Clark, MS4

685: Subspecialty Gynecology

One student/section; offered July-December and open to UW students only; fulfills Surgery Selective requirement)

Provides a four-week elective in specialty areas of Gynecology, primarily Urogynecology and Family Planning. Students will see and evaluate patients in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. Students will follow patients to the operating room and fully participate in their hospital care. Students will consult on inpatients and Emergency Room visits. This sub-internship is designed to expose interested students to the breadth and depth of benign gynecology subspecialty areas, the faculty of UW and the UW Department of Ob/Gyn Residency Program.

  1. The student will understand basic components of the evaluation, counseling, and management of women with benign gynecologic conditions including: pelvic organ prolapse, fecal & urinary incontinence, and contraceptive needs.
  2. Students will learn about gynecologic conditions that affect the pediatric population and how to approach and examine these patients. 
  3. Students will learn to counsel patients on pregnancy options and if interested, discuss and perform surgical terminations.
  4. Students will acquire basic surgical skills and be exposed to complex surgical procedures in the operating room and simulation lab. 
  5. The student will demonstrate skills in triage of multiple patients simultaneously, muti-tasking, working with multi-disciplinary teams in the care of gynecologic patients.

Faculty Contact: Mike Fialkow, MD, MPH

697P: Obstetrics and Gynecology Special Electives, "Away"

Minimum 2 weeks, max 24 credits.

By special arrangement, for qualified students, special clerkship, externship, or preceptorship opportunities can at times be made available at institutions or private offices other than the University of Washington. Students who elect this course should complete a "Credit for Clerkship Away" form from the Dean's Office and have it approved by the OB/GYN Division of Education at least two months before advance registration.

699P: WWAMI Obstetrics and Gynecology Special Electives

Minimum 2 weeks

By special arrangement, for qualified students, special clerkships or externships opportunities may be made available at institutions or private offices other than the University of Washington located in the WWAMI Region. Permission from the department is required. Students should complete a "Credit for Clerkship Away" form from the Dean's Office and have it approved by the OB/GYN Division of Education at least two months before advanced registration.