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Third- and Fourth-Year Electives

All elective courses in the third or fourth year requite completion of any third-year core clerkship, including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, primary care, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Courses are limited to one student per rotation. 

Priority for scheduling is given to students of Penn State College of Medicine and after completion of the college’s scheduling process courses may not be available for all time slots due to other faculty obligations. Requests for scheduling from students of other colleges of medicine shall be cleared by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology student director and student coordinator.

Third-year electives include OBGYN 721A and OBGYN 722A.

Fourth-year electives include OBGYN 701, OBGYN 710, OBGYN 720, OBGYN 721, OBGYN 722, OBGYN 796 and OBGYN 797.

OBGYN 710, OBYGN 720 and OBGYN 722 are open to visiting students.

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The specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology is unique. The general obstetrician/gynecologist acts as both referral specialist, providing consultative care, and as a primary care physician. The field also incorporates subspecialty care in the areas of gynecologic oncology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and maternal-fetal medicine. The faculty look forward to working with students and to sharing in their intellectual and emotional growth in an area of medicine that is both diverse and rich in challenges and opportunities.

The attending and resident staff members have put together a program designed to give students a broad exposure to women’s health and to focus on details essential to the practice of the specialty. This program includes direct patient care in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings, lectures designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the science of obstetrics and gynecology and teaching sessions with the faculty and residents within the department. Students on this rotation will be expected to get involved, be enthusiastic and participate. It is anticipated that students will read and question both the residents and attendings with whom they work.

It is not the purpose of this clerkship to train medical students in the technical practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Faculty do not expect all who rotate with the department to become obstetrician/gynecologists.  Rather, this clerkship is designed to equip students with the knowledge and technical skill that all physicians should graduate medical school possessing, and give them a glimpse in to the specialty world of obstetrics and gynecology. Students will become part of a team focused on caring for women across their reproductive life from first gynecologic visit, through routinely encountered gynecologic conditions, pregnancy and menopause. Students will experience the primary care, as well as the specialty and surgical side of obstetrics and gynecology. Evaluation occurs through feedback from faculty and residents as well as documentation of observed clinical encounters and an end-of-clerkship shelf exam.

Locations

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Penn St. Health St. Joseph Medical Center
  • UPMC Pinnacle
  • Wellspan York Hospital

Contact Us

Dr. Tonya Wright
Clerkship director
twright4@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Office: H3516

Dr. Sona Jasani
Assistant clerkship director
sjasani@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Office: H3516

Dr. Maureen Roberts
Assistant clerkship director
mroberts2@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Office: H3624C

Lori Corradino
Clerkship coordinator
lcorradino@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
Office: H3516
717-531-1339

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OBGYN 701: Obstetrics and Gynecology Externships/Subinternship

Credits: 5

Program director(s): Norman Naverro, MD (UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Hospital)
Pamela Martin, DO (Lancaster General Hospital)
Kristin Friel, MD (Lehigh Valley Hospital)
Daniel Jiang, MD (Reading Hospital and Medical Center)
Leslie Robinson, MD (Wellspan York Hospital)

Locations: Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading and York, Pa.

Maximum number of students: One student per location

When offered: All rotations

Length: One month

Prerequisite: Third-year core clerkships

Description: These courses are designed to expose the advanced student to obstetrics and gynecology in a community hospital setting. The student will be responsible in obstetrics for the management of ante partum and postpartum cases of both routine and high-risk pregnancies. The student will participate actively with the resident and assume responsibility commensurate with an advanced elective course. The physiology of labor and delivery will be stressed. The gynecology component will include the full time activities of an active community hospital gynecologist. This will include experience in the office, in the outpatient setting of the hospital, the inpatient setting, and operating room. There is a possibility for individualized course directives to meet student’s interests to include such topics as general gynecology, urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. This interest should be discussed with the program director at each individual location.

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OBGYN 710: Clinical Gynecologic Oncology Acting Internship

Credits: 5

Program director: Joshua Kesterson, MD (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Maximum number of students: One

When offered: All rotations

Length of elective: One month

Prerequisite: Third-year core clerkships

Report to: Chief resident, Gynecology/Oncology

Description: This elective will involve active participation in outpatient and inpatient evaluations of patients with gynecologic malignancies. This includes experience with both the surgical and medical management of common gynecologic malignancies. This course qualifies as a surgical sub-internship. The student will participate actively along with the residents and assume responsibilities commensurate with an advances elective course. Pathophysiology of common gynecologic malignancies and their treatment will be stressed.

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OBGYN 720: Clinical Outpatient Gynecology (Ambulatory & Adolescent Gynecology)

Credits:  5

Program director: Amber O’Leary, MD (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Maximum number of students: One

When offered: September through May

Length of elective: One month

Prerequisite: Third-year core clerkships

Description: This elective involves active participation in a community outpatient obstetrics and gynecology practice. The student will participate in outpatient evaluation and management of common and complex gynecologic problems, with a heavy concentration on primary care and preventative medicine. They will be exposed to the relationship with physician extenders, specifically certified nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. Considerable individualization of course directives to meet student interests is possible particularly involving pediatric/adolescent gynecology, vulvodynia, outpatient surgery, and hospital obstetrics.

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OBGYN 721: Clinical Outpatient Reproductive Endocrinology

Credits: 5

Program director: William Dodson, MD (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Maximum number of students: One

When offered: All rotations

Length of elective: One month

Prerequisite: Third-year core clerkships

Description: This elective involves active participation in an outpatient practice of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. It introduces the student to the evaluation of infertility as well as modern treatment modalities. The student participates in outpatient surgical procedures such as hysteroscopy and laparoscopy, as well as experience advanced reproductive technologies. The student is expected to participate in a monthlong project to broaden their knowledge of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

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OBGYN 721A: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Elective

Credits: 2.5

Program director: William Dodson, MD (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Maximum number of students: One

When offered: All rotations

Length of elective: Two weeks

Prerequisite: Completion of third-year obstetrics and gynecology core clerkship

Description: This course is designed to introduce third-year medical students to the basic evaluation of human infertility and expose them to current technologies for addressing the women, including the underlying biochemical and hormonal basis of normal function and the recognition and management of common disorders. This includes exposure to genetic and clinical research and the interplay between what are seen as reproductive endocrine disorders and broader human endocrinology. Experiences include participation in infertility clinics, endocrinology clinics, vaginal ultrasound sessions, egg retrieval and embryo transfer procedures.

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OBGYN 722: Clinical Perinatal Medicine

Credits: 5

Program director: Serdar Ural, MD (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Maximum number of students: One

When offered: All rotations

Length of elective: One month

Prerequisite: Third-year core clerkships

Description: The student will be involved in the evaluation of high risk pregnancies in antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum settings. The student will become familiar with many of the medical complications of pregnancies and their management. The student will also be exposed to pre- and post-conception genetic counseling and obstetrical ultrasonography.

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OBGYN 722A: Clinical Perinatal Medicine

Credits: 2.5

Program director: Sedar Ural, MD (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Maximum number of students: One

When offered: All rotations

Length of elective: Two weeks

Prerequisite: Completion of third-year obstetrics and gynecology core clerkship

Description: This course is designed to introduce third-year medical students to the basic concepts of high-risk obstetrics and expose them to current technologies for monitoring fetuses and diagnosing prenatal disorders. They will review the human physiologic adaptations of pregnancy and understand the relevance to everyday clinical situations. They will be exposed to genetic counseling, screening, and diagnosis, including the ethical impact of current knowledge and technologies. Finally, they will be exposed to the impact of pregnancy on systemic disorders such as, hypertension and the impact of those disorders on the health and development of the fetus.

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OBGYN 796: Individual Studies

Credits: 5

Program director: Faculty research adviser

Location: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Maximum number of students: N/A

When offered: All rotations

Length of elective: One month

Prerequisite: Limited to students of Penn State College of Medicine

Description: Promotion of a scientific approach to basic questions in obstetrics and gynecology. Emphasize problem definition and methodology primarily involving but not limited to literature search and chart review. The educational goals and course of study must be submitted to the department’s medical student director for approval, and acceptance of educational responsibility by the designated faculty must be confirmed prior to approval of the course.

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Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship

The specialty of obstetrics and gynecology is unique. The general obstetrician/gynecologist acts as both referral specialist, providing consultative care, and as a primary care physician. The field also incorporates subspecialty care in the areas of gynecologic oncology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and maternal-fetal medicine. The faculty look forward to working with students and to sharing in their intellectual and emotional growth in an area of medicine that is both diverse and rich in challenges and opportunities.

The attending and resident staff members have put together a program designed to give students a broad exposure to women’s health and to focus on details essential to the practice of the specialty. The program includes direct patient care in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings, lectures designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the science of obstetrics and gynecology and teaching sessions with the faculty and residents within the department. Students on this rotation will be expected to get involved, be enthusiastic and participate. It is anticipated that students will read and question both the residents and attendings with whom they work.

It is not the purpose of this clerkship to train medical students in the technical practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Faculty do not expect all who rotate with the department to become obstetrician/gynecologists. Rather, this clerkship is designed to equip students with the knowledge and technical skill that all physicians should graduate medical school possessing, and give them a glimpse in to the specialty world of obstetrics and gynecology. Students will become part of a team focused on caring for women across their reproductive life from first gynecologic visit, through routinely encountered gynecologic conditions, pregnancy and menopause. Students will experience the primary care, as well as the specialty and surgical side of obstetrics and gynecology. Evaluation occurs through feedback from faculty and residents as well as documentation of observed clinical encounters and an end-of-clerkship shelf exam.

Locations

Mount Nittany Health Obstetrics and Gynecology
1850 E. Park Ave.
Suite 301
State College, PA 16803

Mount Nittany Medical Center
Labor and Delivery
1800 E. Park Ave.
State College, PA 16803

Contact Us

Dr. Angie Hardyk
Clerkship director
ahardyk@comcast.net
Phone: 814-689-3150