Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

The purpose of the oncology elective is to enhance the student's knowledge of the diagnosis and management of women with gynecologic malignancies. The student is exposed to all modalities of treatment for gynecologic malignancies including radical gynecological surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The student is expected to be an integral part of the team in the management of the patients admitted to the service. The student admits patients and takes part in their care throughout the elective period. The student is assigned to the operating room, especially to assist the patient whom he or she has evaluated. In addition to operating room exposure, extensive experience is gained in the post-operative management of these patients. The student attends one-day surgical procedures to observe the placement of brachytherapy and other procedures, e.g., cystoscopy, proctoscopy examination under anesthesia with biopsy. In the ambulatory setting, the student is exposed to the gestational trophoblastic disease clinic and the colposcopy clinic. On a weekly basis, students will attend divisional teaching sessions as well as the multi-discipline tumor conference. There is no night call on this elective. The recommended text for this elective is Clinical Gynecologic Oncology (DiSaia). PREREQUISITE: Core Ob/Gyn Clerkship

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The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) division offers a four-week elective for medical students who have completed their Ob/Gyn clerkship. In addition to expanding their knowledge of human reproductive endocrine function, students are introduced to disruptions in physiology and anatomy that can lead to endocrinologic and infertility disorders. Common problems seen in REI practice include female and male infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovarian syndrome, anovulation, amenorrhea, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine leiomyomas, and menopause and osteoporosis. In addition to clinical activities in the office, the operating room, and the hospital, students will have the opportunity to attend division conferences. Exposure to Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ART) includes observation of in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, and andrology and embryology laboratory procedures. Evaluation will be based on overall clinical performance and an evidence-based presentation on an REI topic of interest. PREREQUISITE: Core Ob/Gyn Clerkship

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The Maternal Fetal Medicine Division of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences offers a four-week High-Risk Obstetrics elective for Fourth-Year medical students. The student will function as a Sub-Intern and team member in the care of high-risk obstetrical patients at Yale New Haven Hospital. In addition to inpatient duties, the student will attend the outpatient clinic once a week. Students will also participate in prenatal ultrasound sessions and Labor and Delivery activities. Students are expected to work two weekend days of their choice during the rotation. Numerous didactic conferences are held during the rotation. It is recommended that students use the text, William’s Obstetrics (Cunningham) to prepare for this experience and for research during the rotation. The evaluation of the student will be based on clinical performance, participation at rounds and their presentation of one evidence-based case review to members of the MFM Division. PREREQUISITE: Core Ob/Gyn Clerkship

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