Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship

Details about the Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship can be found in the Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship Survival Guide.  

To hear first hand about this core clerkship  from prior students, watch  their feedback here


  • Des Moines Clerkship binders will be provided at orientation on the first day. The binders contain required reading and cases for discussion that will be reviewed at the Thursday afternoon teaching sessions.
  • Recommended Reference Textbook: William's Obstetrics, 24th Edition (Cunningham, et al)
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology Clerkship ICON Website: The APGO Web-Based Interactive Self Examination is an excellent tool to prepare for the NBME OB/GYN Shelf Exam. Please go to ICON for the user name and password to access this system.
  • Broadlawns Library: Students have 24-hour, 7 day per week access to the library. Students may contact the librarian for assistance at 515-282-2308. There is also ready access to the UpToDate and First Consult on-line databases from any Broadlawns computer.


Students will participate in didactic presentations and review assigned case-based learning exercises with Ob-Gyn faculty on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the third Floor OB Conference Room at Broadlawns.  Please see the schedule in the binders provided at orientation for a list of topics and cases to be reviewed each week.

Students are required to complete two presentations during the course of the six-week clerkship; one presentation should be on an obstetrics topic and the other presentation should be on a gynecology topic. See the information in the binder on expectations and the sample evaluation form that will be used by faculty in reviewing these presentations.

Students are encouraged to attend Morning Report from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Monday through Wednesday and Friday mornings in the Ingersoll Conference Room and Thursday morning in the Family Health Center Conference Room. Breakfast is served. Friday morning report sessions cover an ob-gyn topic. Students are also invited to attend Noon Conferences from Noon to 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday afternoons in the Ingersoll Conference Room. Lunch is served.  Attendance is mandatory when local faculty or visiting professor faculty are providing lectures on Ob/Gyn topics.  A schedule is provided.

Scholarship Requirements:

Each student will be evaluated for their performance during discussion of assigned case-based learning exercises on Thursday afternoons. Students will also be evaluated on the quality of their two required presentations during the course of the six-week clerkship; one on an obstetrics topic and the other on a gynecology topic. See the information in the binder on expectations and the sample evaluation form that will be used in reviewing these presentations.

Students will return to Iowa City to complete the required OSCE examination. On Friday morning during the last week of the clerkship, students will take the obstetrics-gynecology shelf examination.

Required Log of Clerkship Experiences:

You will be expected to utilize the Ob/Gyn Clinical Skills Log located in E*Value. The Ob/Gyn Clinical Skills Log identifies specific diagnostic skills that must be successfully learned and demonstrated by each student and observed and documented by a faculty member or a resident. The goal of this program is to improve the clinical skills of our students, to encourage bedside teaching and feedback, and to enhance the exposure of our students to faculty during the clinical clerkships. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that the skills are demonstrated and observed and the log is completed before the end of the clerkship period. In addition, the Ob/Gyn Clinical Skills Log contains a listing of other Obstetrics & Gynecology experiences which may be encountered during the clerkship. We require that students tally these experiences during their rotation. This is extremely important to us as well as to the College of Medicine.

Evaluation Procedure:

Students are required at the mid-point of the clerkship to formally complete a mid-clerkship assessment with Dr. Lindell. At the end of the clerkship experience, supervising faculty and residents will be asked to complete a formal evaluation of the student. Students are encouraged to seek out regular feedback from faculty during the entire rotation.


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