The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medical Student Education

Third-Year Clerkships

OBGYN Residency ProgramThe OB/GYN clerkship is an 8 week block comprised of four weeks dedicated to obstetrics, one week to gynecologic oncology, and three weeks to general gynecology. The purpose of this clerkship is an introduction to the care of women of all ages and emphasizes those aspects of care applicable to all physicians, regardless of ultimate career goals. It provides the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to develop basic skills in diagnosis, treatment options, patient education, economic considerations, and patient values. The program is oriented to help students develop the clinical skills essential for encouraging optimal women's health.

Students attend and are assigned patients for morning rounds for Obstetrical and Gynecologic Services. They attend daily medical student lectures and in addition resident didactic lectures every Friday at noon and diabetic lectures every other Thursday at noon. Students also attend departmental Grand Rounds every Friday morning to further their learning experiences. The didactic portion of the program comprises Problem Based Learning rather than the usual lecture method. The total program is very clinically oriented. Each student is required to present two cases experienced during the rotation, one in obstetrics and one in gynecology. Students have a surgical skills class to teach the proper ways of suturing and other techniques in the Simulation Center.

Students take five days of night float call and one weekend call. Weekend call is 24 hours. Call adds to the clinical experience learned during the day. Meal tickets are provided to the students on their call nights and can be obtained through the Student Affairs Office.

Approximately two weeks before the end of the rotation, a faculty member conducts a two-hour exam review with the students. Sample tests are distributed to assist in identifying problem areas prior to final testing. Faculty and residents complete clinical evaluations of the students comprising 70% of the final exam grade and the remaining 30% is from the written exam grade. Students complete evaluations of the faculty and residents at the end of their rotations to document their overall experiences. The program is oriented to help students develop the clinical skills essential for encouraging optimal women's health.



Fourth-Year Electives

OBG2-3010/F JI ANY - SENIOR CLERKSHIP IN OBSTETRICS - KNOX
Course Coordinator: Dr. Bobby Howard
Location: University of Tennessee Medical Center
Maximum Size: 1 Student

This clerkship in obstetrics allows the senior medical student to attend all obstetrical clinics, including high risk clinics. During this time the student will work closely with a senior resident or staff member to gain greater insight into the management of difficult obstetrical problems. On non-clinic days and while on call, the student will participate by assisting in labor and delivery activities such as spontaneous vaginal deliveries, forcep deliveries, postpartum tubal ligations and cesarean sections. Attendance at the resident didactic series will be expected.

OBG2-4011/F HIGH RISK OBSTETRICS-KNOX
Course Coordinator: Dr. Bobby Howard
Location: University of Tennessee Medical Center
Maximum Size: 1 Student

The purpose of this elective is to help the student gain greater insight into Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Emphasis is on management of medical complications and fetal ultrasound. Close faculty contact provides exposure to the most recent advances in detection, prevention, and treatment of premature labor; the latest techniques in intrapartum management, and newest imaging techniques. Students performance of procedures will be directly supervised by residents or faculty. Each student will participate in daily antepartum rounds, and weekly OB conferences. Grand rounds will be each Friday.

OBG2-4019/F OB/GYN ENDOCRINOLOGY-KNOX
Course Coordinator: Dr. Jeffrey Keenan
Location: University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville)
Maximum Size: 1 Student

The purpose of this elective is to introduce the student to disease of the reproductive endocrine system, its diagnosis and management by combining selected clinical experience and material for an introduction to infertility and care of patients with diseases and conditions of the reproductive system.   These include endocrine disorders, congenital abnormalities of the urogenital tract, pelvic pain, pelvic neoplasms, and endometriosis.   Students will spend part of their time in the office setting and part of their time in the operating room.   The clinical orientation will involve direct patient evaluation and care under the direction of the attending faculty.

OBG2-4020/F GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY-KNOX
Course Coordinator: Dr. Larry Kilgore
Location: University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville)
Maximum Size: 1 Student

The purpose of this elective is to provide the student contemplating a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology the opportunity to gain greater insight into the specialty with an emphasis on gynecologic oncology. Close faculty contact provides exposure to the most recent advances in detection, prevention, and treatment of gynecologic cancers. Students will gain experience in surgical and medical management of gynecologic cancer. Students will spend time in the operating room, colposcopy clinic, and the private office setting for gynecological oncology patients.




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