OBST 7500

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health Clerkship


Heidi Fods
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description:  This required clerkship consists of a 4-week experience in obstetrics and gynecology. Students will participate in clinical procedures, deliveries, and surgical operations. It is hoped that upon completion of the course, the student will better understand the health care needs of women and have the skills necessary to provide primary health care to women in all stages of life.

Canvas Site


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Site Code

Site Name



Essentia Health - St. Mary's Medical Center

WE Health Clinic

Students can opt to experience a day at the WE Clinic in Duluth during their OBST 7500 rotation.


St. Luke's Hospital

Essentia Health - St. Mary's Medical Center

WE Health Clinic

Students may spend time at Essentia for scrub training, NICU, Maternal Fetal, and OB/GYN experiences.

Students can opt to experience a day at the WE Clinic in Duluth during their OBST 7500 rotation.

CO-1079 (ED)

John Haugen and Associates

M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital

Students placed at John Haugen may also spend time at Southdale.

MF-1022 (FED)

M Health Fairview Center for Women


MF-1045 (FL)

M Health Fairview Lakes


MF-1070 (FU)

UMMC - West Bank - Riverside Professional Building


HH-1001 (HC)

Hennepin County Medical Center


HH-1000 (HYB)

HYBRID at Hennepin County Medical Center


HP-1015 (RH)

Regions Hospital


CO-1003 (UN)

Allina Health Blaine Clinic

The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's Minnesota

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Students go to both Mercy/Blaine. Students placed at these sites may also spend time at Abbott NW.

RV-1000 (WA)

Ridgeview - Waconia Western OB/Gyn Ltd.



Clinics and Surgery Center - Maple Grove

Family Birth Center - Maple Grove Hospital

Students will go to both sites. At Maple Grove CSC, students will be at the Ambulatory Surgery Center (Floor 2) and at the OB/Gyn Clinic (Floor 1 - Check-in C).

Required session attendance: Attendance at first day Orientation Lecture and Simulation Lab

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  Varies per site. Students will engage in general OB clinic, Labor and Delivery, and Gynecologic surgery during the 4-week rotation. Day/night float schedule or traditional call may apply.

Direct patient care:  Yes

Consent Requirement:  Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives:  This course will introduce the student to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and care of the female patient. Objectives for the course are:

  • Students will develop competence in the medical interview and physical examination of women, including performing a breast and pelvic examination.
  • Students will be able to propose preventative care for women and applicable, age-appropriate screening.
  • Students will be able to recommend and interpret common diagnostic outcomes based on the physiological changes of pregnancy.
  • Students will engage in prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care for mother.
  • Students will be able to formulate a differential diagnosis and management plan for common, benign gynecologic conditions.
  • •Students will demonstrate perioperative care and familiarity with gynecological procedures.
  • Students will provide culturally competent care for women across the lifespan including diverse ethical and social perspectives.

Graded Components:

  • Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)
  • Problem Based Learning Cases
  • Quality Improvement Initiative
  • Ethics Discussion
  • NBME Shelf Exam

Grading Scale: P/N

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Course equivalency:  INMD 7205 (RPAP), INMD 7214 (MetroPAP), INMD 7416 (EPAC), INMD 7355 (HeLIX), INMD 7114 (REACH), INMD 7712 (FLIIC)