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Medical Student Training

In addition to clinical offerings at University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, several faculty members serve as mentors for medical student research projects, as well as research, service, teaching, and other distinction track students.

A number of departmental faculty members serve as facilitators for small groups in the preclinical curriculum for medical students and provide didactic lectures in both the preclinical curriculum and during the Obstetrics and Gynecology core clerkship.

The clerkship is a six-week core clerkship taken by all of UI College of Medicine students during Phase II of the New Horizons curriculum. The majority of the students pursue this clerkship at UI Hospitals & Clinics, with a small number choosing our site in Des Moines. The Des Moines curriculum is equivalent (although not identical) to the main campus curriculum, and Des Moines students have access to all online resources for the UI Hospitals & Clinics clerkship, including access to Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

Students are exposed to our specialty through inpatient and outpatient experiences, including weekly continuity clinics with faculty in the department. The clerkship includes an ethics workshop coordinated by Ginny Ryan, MD, MA, and Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks MD, as well as a sexual history communication session facilitated by faculty from the Obstetrics and Gynecology department and the college’s Office for Consultation and Research in Medical Education. Physician assistant students (PAs) also rotate in our department for a one-month exposure to obstetrics and gynecology. PAs are assigned to outpatient clinics and work alongside the Phase II medical students with residents, fellows, faculty, and other inter-professional preceptors.

The department offers Phase III sub-internships in Gynecologic Oncology and High-Risk Obstetrics (Maternal-Fetal Medicine), as well as advanced electives in Uro-Gynecology (FPMRS), Family Planning, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), and individually arranged electives. There are also continuity of care electives offered for Phase III medical students.

Sarah Shaffer, DO, MME, is the Clerkship Director and Stephanie Radke, MD, is the Assistant Clerkship Director with Sally Fisher, Clerkship Coordinator.