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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, including the departmental segment of the Introduction to Clinical Disciplines course. Dr. Colleen Stockdale is the current departmental liaison for this foundation course.
The department offers a 6 week core clerkship taken by all of CCOM third-year students (M3s). For academic year 2011–12, this represents 125 M3s. 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 Medical 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 Dr. Ginny Ryan and a pilot 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 preceptors.
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 community-based obstetrics and gynecology. There are also two continuity of care electives offered for M4s. Fifteen M4s enrolled in these electives in academic year 2011–12. Fourteen of these were CCOM students and one was a visiting student from another medical school. Four students enrolled in two opportunities, filling 19 total slots.