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Medical Student Electives

Medical Student Electives

Clinical electives are offered in many topics and subspecialties of medicine. These electives are 2 or 4 weeks in length. In the third and fourth year of medical school, students need to complete 20 weeks of clinical electives.

Obstetrics Acting Internship

  • Course No.: RBIO 4000A
  • Sponsor: Jamie Byler, MD
  • Division: General Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Description: This is an advanced elective focused on antepartum and intrapartum care of obstetric patients. The student will be assuming responsibilities approximating those of an intern, under the direct supervision of senior level residents and faculty.
  • Objective:
    • To improve the student's knowledge and skills in obstetrics.
    • To provide the student with more responsibility and improve his/her clinical decision making in caring for the obstetric patient.
  • Duties: Acting interns will be considered part of the labor and delivery team. Expectations will include caring for antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum patients under the direct supervision of the senior resident or attending. The rotation will be divided into two blocks, including labor and delivery and the maternal fetal medicine service. Call will consist of one weekend day and one weekend night shift.
  • Prerequisites: All students must have completed their core clerkships in Ob/Gyn, Internal Medicine and Surgery.

Gynecologic Surgical Specialties Elective

  • Course No.: RBIO 4001A
  • Sponsor: Corrine Bazella, MD
  • Division: General Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Description: This elective is for students who have completed the basic core clerkships listed below and desire a more intense gynecology and gynecologic surgery experience.
  • Duties: The student will become part of the gynecology service team; scrub in on a range of gynecological surgeries; see patients in the office with an attending; and rotate on urogynecology with Dr. Mahajan (if desired).
  • Prerequisites: Completed clerkships in Ob/Gyn, Medicine and Surgery.

Gynecologic Oncology Elective

  • Course No.: RBIO 4002A
  • Sponsor: Kristine Zanotti, MD
  • Division: Gynecologic Oncology Available to: Years 3 & 4
  • Course Length: 1 month
  • Description: This elective is for students who have completed the basic core clerkship in OB/GYN and are interested in enhancing their exposure to the subspecialty of Gynecologic Oncology.
  • Objective: To provide exposure to both inpatient and outpatient management issues in the care of patients with gynecologic cancer and premalignant conditions. The experiences gained in this elective are intended to broaden the student’s knowledge base and encourage independent and critical thinking. Students choosing this elective will be participating in aspects of inpatient and outpatient care that emphasize problem-solving, efficiency, clinical judgment and the independent development of patient assessments and plans.
  • Duties: Students choosing this elective will be considered part of the gynecologic oncology team. Time will be spent with a Gynecologic Oncology attending in his/her clinic and assisting them with surgery. In clinic, the student will be encouraged to see patients independently, present their History and Physical Exam (H&P) formally to the attending and consider a patient care plan. Inpatient experience will be gained in the care of postoperative patients as well as in managing complications of cancer and cancer therapies. Responsibilities will include caring for selected inpatients on the Gynecologic Oncology service (ideally, patients previously seen in clinic or in the OR) and participation/presentation in daily attending rounds and weekly Tumor Board Conference.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of Ob/Gyn, Medicine and Surgery core clerkship.

Reproductive Biology and Infertility

  • Course No.: RBIO 4003A
  • Sponsor: James Liu, MD
  • Division: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • Description: The student will follow attending and resident (when one is on service) in seeing patients in an outpatient setting. They will also assist in operative cases. They will get to attend In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures and may spend time in the IVF laboratory.
  • Objective: To provide a more comprehensive view of the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility not included in the general Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship. Students will see a variety of infertility, menopausal and endocrine issues addressed both in the office and in the operating room. They will learn basic algorithms of problem-solving in these areas. They will meet weekly with the sponsor to discuss topics and questions.
  • Duties: Students will be asked to read up on one to two specific topics per week. They will be asked to present patients, interpret laboratory results and participate in decision-making at rounds each day. They will be instructed for each weekday when to arrive for office hours, to the operating room or the IVF Suite. There will be no call for this rotation.
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of core Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship.

Prenatal Ultrasound/Genetics

  • Course No.: RBIO 4004A
  • Sponsor: Noam Lazebnik, MD
  • Division: Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Course Length: 2 or 4 weeks
  • Description: The student will observe highly sophisticated fetal ultrasound studies done in order to rule out fetal malformations, including:
    • 3D and 4D studies;
    • Ultrasound-derived fetal well-being studies;
    • Fetal vascular Doppler studies;
    • Invasive ultrasound guided procedures; and
    • First- and second-trimester screening studies to rule out fetal chromosome abnormalities.
  • Objective:
    • To teach medical students basic and advanced principles of prenatal diagnosis.
    • To teach medical students the rationale, indications and utilization of state-of-the-art ultrasound and molecular technologies utilized in prenatal diagnosis.
    • At the conclusion of the rotation, the students should have accumulated enough knowledge to enable them to correctly interpret prenatal ultrasound and molecular (DNA) reports.
  • Duties:
    • Show every day on time (8 a.m.) to the prenatal ultrasound unit.
    • Attend all relevant prenatal meetings.
    • Complete given reading material each week prior to the rotation to enhance their knowledge base prior to the beginning of the rotation.
    • Actively participate in taking prenatal history and to present pertinent and relevant medical information retrieved from the medical records.
    • Present and discuss in detail at least one case every day. In the first half of the rotation, mainly uncomplicated cases would be discussed. In the second half, complex cases would be discussed. The student would be given enough time to prepare the case.
    • Perform short, supervised ultrasound studies.
  • Prerequisites: Ideally students who already have done their Ob/Gyn clerkship would be considered for this rotation. Offered in two- or four-week blocks.