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Medical Student Training

In addition to participation in clinical teaching for the required care OBGyn clerkship at University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the majority of faculty members serve as mentors for medical student research projects, quality improvement initiatives, and distinction track projects.

Faculty members in the Department of OBGyn serve as facilitators for small groups in the preclinical curriculum for medical students. They also give didactic lectures during the preclinical curriculum and the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship.

The OBGyn clerkship is a six-week core clerkshiprequired for all of UI CCOM medical students during Phase II of the New Horizons curriculum. The majority of the students pursue this clerkship at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) while a small number choose to complete their core clerkships at the Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) in Des Moines. The curriculum is equivalent (although not identical) between the UIHC site and the BMC site. Des Moines students have access to all online resources through Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

During the OBGyn core clerkship, medical students are exposed to the specialty through inpatient and outpatient experiences, including a weekly continuity clinic with an assigned provider in the department. Other non-clinical educatiional opportunities include a DEI seminar, sexual history communication session facilitated by faculty from the Dept of OBGyn as well as standardized patients, and a student-designed or crash couse. Physician Assistant (PA) students also rotate in our department for a one-month exposure to women's health. PAs are assigned to outpatient clinics and work alongside the medical students, residents, fellows, faculty, and other inter-professional preceptors.

For the advanced (Phased II), OBGyn-interested medical students, the department offers sub-internships in Gynecologic Oncology and High-Risk Obstetrics (Maternal-Fetal Medicine). There are also advanced electives in Uro-Gynecology, Family Planning, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), and Translational Science in Reproductive Health, to name a few. 

Sarah Shaffer, DO MME, is the Clerkship Director, and Michael Haugsdal, MD, is the Assistant Clerkship Director and Sally Fisher is the Clerkship Coordinator.