Why are the schedules so complicated?

The clerkship administration put a great deal of time and effort into creating the schedules in order to maximize your experience on our clerkship. Given that these schedules are made several weeks in advance, there will inevitably be changes that come up, and we ask you to be flexible when this occurs. Our goal is to expose every student to as many different activities, faculty, and residents as possible. We make every attempt to create a fair schedule but recognize that some perceived inequities will always remain. If you see an error (i.e.- you are assigned in two places at one time) or a major inequity, please bring it to the attention of the Clerkship Director or Administrator immediately.

When there are two activities at the same time, where should I be?

Our philosophy is that you are adult learners and should have some autonomy in making these decisions. Attendance at all assigned activities, rounds, conferences, and CBCs is mandatory; however, occasionally there will be situations where you are engaged in a unique educational opportunity that conflicts with one of these assignments. (i.e.- you are scrubbed into an oncology case or you are waiting for a patient to deliver whom you have been following all morning – at the same time a CBC is assigned). When this occurs, we encourage you choose the experience that will provide you the most educational payback for the time invested. This may indeed mean that you scrub out of the surgery in order to attend a CBC you are particularly interested in; or it may mean that you skip the CBC in order to see the rest of the clinical case. If you are unsure what to do, you can always ask your resident or attending for advice. You will never be penalized for either choice.

Where can I get information about a career in OBGYN?

Every faculty member and resident is always available to discuss career options in our specialty. Please don’t hesitation to ask!

APGO has information about the specialty and residencies for medical students. Search from www.apgo.org. Click on “Welcome” and then “For Medical Students”. We are a member department. If needed, you may ask the Clerkship Administrator, Heather Ellis, for the password.

ACOG offers a free student membership. Application for membership is available on the public part of the website (www.acog.org). Click on “Membership” and then “Medical Students.”

In the spring there will be a meeting of students interested in pursuing a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Watch for an announcement.

Where can I get scrubs?

Scrubs are available through the Scrub Avail checkout and check-in system in the operating room locker room and in labor and delivery clean holding. You should have an ID number (assigned) and PIN (last 4 numbers of your social security number) to use the system. You must return the scrubs to the same location where you got them to get credit. In L&D, the return scrubs location is in the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

If you can’t get the machine to work properly and:

  1. Need scrubs immediately? – see the charge nurse in L&D who will get you some.
  2. To solve your problem – contact those in charge of the system as indicated by the phone number on the machine.

Where is the call room?

Your call room is Room 3270, (OB/GYN Student Recovery Room), tel. 5-0680. It is provided for your comfort and convenience so please treat it nicely. It is only for use by students currently rotating on the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship. You may put a lock on your numbered locker for the full six weeks. Please ask the Clerkship Administrator, Heather Ellis, for the call room door combination.

Restroom facilities and showers are available in the men’s and women’s locker rooms in Labor and Delivery.

The computer in your call room has been loaded with many resources to help you during the clerkship. You can logon with your Gatorlink password. Please logoff when finished so the computer is immediately available for another student. The computer will automatically log you off after 15 minutes of inactivity. When you logoff, ALL INFORMATION YOU LOADED IS ERASED. Materials you want to save must be emailed to yourself or loaded on a flash drive.

NEVER LEAVE ANYTHING OF VALUE IN A LOCKER OR CALL ROOM! We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

What do I do if I arrive at a scheduled activity and it has been cancelled?

Given that the schedules are made many weeks in advance, it is inevitable that this will happen. If you arrive at your assignment and learn that the O.R. or clinic has been cancelled, either see the clinic attending or call Heather Ellis (273-7675) for another assignment.

What do I do if the faculty member does not arrive for the scheduled CBC?

If the faculty member has not arrived within 5 minutes of the start time, please contact Heather Ellis (273-7675) immediately so she may attempt to find a substitute.

How do I make sure the OB service knows I am on call?

At the start of each call shift it is absolutely necessary that you print your full name and cell phone number on the small dry erase board located in Labor and Delivery. Make sure you introduce yourself to the team you will be working with at the start of your shift.

How should I prepare for the exam?

We recognize that each student has different methods by which they learn best. Over the years, students have successfully completed the clerkship using a wide variety of resources to study. We recommend using Obstetrics and Gynecology by Beckmann, et al., which is written by the educators who write the NBME subject exam. Each chapter in this book correlates with the Medical Student Educational Objectives published by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). In addition, each chapter references the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) practice guidelines. We also strongly suggest that you do the UWISE questions at the APGO website. The questions are organized by topic and there is also a timed self-exam that provides excellent preparation for the NBME subject examination. You may access the UWISE test questions here: http://www.apgo.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=320&Itemid=88

Please look at Modcore instructions on how to login to the APGO Uwise test questions.

Where should I be after the first three week block?

For the turnover, it is your responsibility to find out what time and where you need to be when you arrive to your new location. We recommend asking the current team to discuss with the residents at their site and where and when you should meet them. Then you can communicate this information among yourselves. This must be done in advance and is YOUR responsibility. Please work together to make this transition happen as smoothly as possible. Your new team will give you a brief orientation to the service when you arrive the first day.