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Elective Courses at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gene Coletta
Coordinator, Medical Student Education

University of Pennsylvania
Health System

Department of OB/GYN
3400 Spruce Street
5 Dulles
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215)615-3016
Fax: (215)349-5893
gene.coletta@uphs.upenn.edu

Gynecologic Oncology (OBG303A)

Students participate in the workup, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with gynecologic neoplasms. Emphasis is focused on diagnostic techniques, staging procedures, and approaches to the care of gynecologic cancer patients, including radical surgery and chemotherapy. Students will also gain exposure to patients with preinvasive neoplasia of the lower genital tract. Responsibilities include daily rounds, attendance in the operating room and outpatient clinics, and attendance at weekly pathology and patient management conferences. The student is an integral part of the team and will function as a junior intern. Course Director:
Dr. Fiona Simpkins

Maternal Fetal Medicine (OBG300)

This course is designed to familiarize students with the diagnosis and management of pregnant patients with obstetrical, medical and surgical complications. Students will have an opportunity to follow patients on the inpatient ante partum service and to participate in the care of high risk obstetrical patients admitted for labor and delivery. Students will see patients in the High Risk Obstetrical Clinic; Maternal-Fetal Medicine office hours and during obstetrical ultrasound sessions. Attendance at the following conferences is required: FHR tracing and labor management review, high risk obstetrics conference, grand rounds, prenatal - neonatology conference and journal club. Students are required to take call on the Labor and Delivery Unit one night per week. Course Director: Dr. Samuel Parry

Infertility/Endocrinology (OBG304A)

This elective is designed to familiarize the upper level medical student with the diagnostic and therapeutic management of reproductive endocrine disorders and infertility. The course is comprised of three general components: two clinical, which involve the participation of the student in the office evaluation of patients, and an operating room experience which is designed to instruct the students on the various surgical approaches to the management of patients with infertility. The third is a formal academic component designed to allow the student to investigate one particular topic of interest in depth leading to a formal presentation during the last week of the rotation. Course Director: Dr. Samantha Butts

Gynecologic Urology (OBG304A)

Urogynecology is a new emerging subspecialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology. This student clerkship is designed to familiarize the upper level student with the diagnosis, evaluation, and complete management of patients with problems of the pelvic floor as a whole: specifically the function and support of the bladder, uterus and rectum. The clerkship is comprised of three general components: two clinical, which involve the participation of the student in the office evaluation of patients, and an operating room experience which is designed to instruct the students on the various surgical approaches to the management of patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. The third is a formal academic component designed to allow the student to investigate one particular topic of interest in depth leading to a formal presentation during the last week of the rotation. Course Director: Dr. Lily Arya

Abortion Issues (OBG323)

The goal of this course is to familiarize medical students with abortion and issues related to it, including indications, procedures, complications, counseling, and consent. The course will be composed of lectures, assigned readings, various site visits, and a brief student presentation. The student will be exposed to options and genetics counseling, first and second trimester abortion procedures, and post-abortion follow-up. Course Director: Dr. Steven J. Sondheimer


Elective Courses at Pennsylvania Hospital

Gynecologic Oncology (OBG303D)

Students work in both ambulatory and inpatient settings, taking part in outpatient diagnosis and management of patients with gynecologic cancer, including the preoperative inpatient evaluation, intra-operative and post-operative care. Reading topics are assigned. A research paper is not required. Course Director: Dr. Sarah H. Kim

Infertility/Endocrinology (OBG304D)

This elective allows the student to participate in a busy clinical practice specializing in reproductive disorders. While the majority of time is spent in an office setting, ample time is available to observe diverse surgical procedures. In the office, the student will be exposed to patients experiencing infertility and reproductive endocrine disorders. Diagnostic tests (post-coital examination, endometrial biopsy and vaginal ultrasound) and various therapies (ovulation, induction and insemination) can be observed on a daily basis. Surgical procedures include diagnostic laparoscopy, treatment of endometriosis, diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, myomectomy and reconstructive procedures on the fallopian tube. Where feasible, the student will be expected to make a presentation at one of the weekly journal clubs. Course Director: Dr. Leonore C. Huppert

Ambulatory Gynecology (OBG305D)

This elective combines both private practice and ambulatory clinic experience in OB/GYN. Students are exposed to a wide variety of patient problems and to women from adolescents to geriatric age groups. There is a strong emphasis on preventive care as well as problem-oriented training. Culturally and age sensitive interviewing and communication techniques are emphasized along with a holistic approach to women's health. Course Director: Dr. Fay D. Wright

Intrapartum Management of Normal and High Risk Pregnancy (OBG315D)

This 4 week elective is designed to give students an in depth experience in the intrapartum management of both normal and high risk pregnancies. Students will spend the majority of time on the labor and delivery unit, caring for patients in labor. In addition to following patients with uncomplicated pregnancies,students will be involved in the care of high risk patients, such as those with hypertension, diabetes, multiple gestation, and medical conditions complicating pregnancy. Students will spend 3 weeks on the day service, and do one week of night float. Students will also attend high-risk clinic, and participate in all conferences pertaining to the Ob and MFM services. Course Director: Dr. Jack Ludmir


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