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University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (CCOM)
students choose a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at nearly twice the
national average, an indicator of the strength of the overall student
experience in our departmental offerings.
In addition to clinical offerings, several faculty serve as
mentors for medical student research projects, research distinction track
students, and service 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.
The obstetrics and gynecology required clerkship is a 6 week
core clerkship taken by all of CCOM students. The majority of the students
pursue this clerkship at UIHC, with a small number each clerkship session at
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 UIHC clerkship, including access to Hardin
Library of for the Health Sciences.
Students are exposed to our specialty through inpatient and
outpatient experiences, including continuity clinics. At UIHC, faculty members
present noon hour didactic sessions most weekdays. The clerkship includes
ethics sessions coordinated by Ginny Ryan, MD, MA and a program in communication
sessions on sexual history conducted with faculty from OBGYN and the CCOM
Office for Consultation and Research in Medical Education. Approximately 12
second year physician’s assistant students (PA2s) also rotate in our department
for one month’s exposure to obstetrics and gynecology. The PA2s are assigned to
outpatient clinics and work alongside the M3s with resident and faculty
The department offers M4 sub-internships in gynecologic
oncology and maternal-fetal medicine, as well as advanced electives in
urogynecology, family planning, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and
individually arranged electives. There are also two continuity of care
electives offered for M4s.
Colleen Stockdale, MD, MS, is the Clerkship Director and Sarah Shaffer, DO is the Assistant Clerkship Director.
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