• Required core clinical rotation
  • Six weeks in length
  • Offered 8 times each academic year
  • Basics of both OB and GYN
  • Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)
  • Medical Student Educational Objectives, 9th Ed.
  • Women’s Health Care Competencies;   Learning Objectives for Undergraduate Medical Education
Knowledge Goals
  • Understand the approach to and critical components of OB/GYN history taking
  • Understand the physiologic changes of pregnancy, and its relationships with other medical disorders
  • Understand the principles of antepartum care
  • Understand the principles of intrapartum management
  • Understand the physiologic ovulatory cycle, and how it is evaluated and therapeutically manipulated
  • Understand common gynecologic disorders
  • Understand pelvic anatomy as illustrated in the O.R.

Technical Goals

  • Perform an OB/GYN history and physical
  • Perform a complete pelvic exam observed by faculty
  • Deliver a baby
  • Observe / participate in pelvic surgery
  • Perform phlebotomies, IV insertions, catheter insertions, pelvic exams, wet preps


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6th Ed., edited by Beckman, Ling, et al
  • White coat, stethoscope
  • Computer access to Internet
  • Enthusiasm
Clinical Venues
  • Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg Hospital
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Mt. Nittany Medical Center
  • Reading Hospital & Medical Center
  • York Hospital
Student Lecture Series
  • Faculty & chief residents from Hershey Medical Center
  • Adjunct to textbook and clinical experiences
  • Performed on three days at HMC
  • Required of all students
  • Moved toward clinical cases & away from lectures, so it is important to prepare!
Grading Policy
Clinical Evaluations:
Each of these clinical skills are rated, scale of 1..5
  • Knowledge base
  • History and physical skills (interviewing)
  • Problem solving skills (reasoning ability)
  • Personal Attitude (professionalism)
  • Communication skills (written & verbal)
  • Technical skill