Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Senior Electives

A broad selection of senior electives is available for medical students. These electives are highly sought not only by M4 students at Feinberg, but also by senior medical students from around the country.

Schedules

Schedules for fourth-year students interested in a career in obstetrics and gynecology are set up individually. A subspecialty elective may need to be taken during the summer or fall of the senior year to better prepare the student for advanced graduate training. Since places in the subspecialty electives are limited, the student should carefully review long-term goals with his or her adviser as early as possible to allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling.

Please note: You must speak to Drs. Garcia or Goldsmith before contacting a faculty member. To set up a meeting with Drs. Garcia or Goldsmith please contact Clerkship Coordinator, Mallori Kelley. After an interview, your career advising coordinator will either concur with your selection or advise you to speak with a faculty members.

Add/drop of a course less than the 30-day-to-start date of clerkship requires a signature of approval from the course director, and Dr. Garcia OR Dr. Goldsmith must receive a copy of the signed form from the student and approve the request.

Senior Elective Courses

Senior Elective courses include:

Please use the acronyms referenced above to navigate the following tabs.

Descriptions

1433-41 Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Contact
Dr. Janelle Walton, 312-472-4643

By special arrangement, an elective may be taken with Dr. Tamura in the Division of Diagnostic Ultrasound.
The student will function as a sub-intern on the high-risk service, focusing attention on patients with underlying medical or obstetric problems, which may adversely affect pregnancy outcome. The student is expected to develop an in-depth knowledge of the management of the high-risk mother and the high-risk fetus. This will include experience in utilization of the newer diagnostic procedures available and in the medical management of diabetes, hypertension, and other medical diseases commonly encountered in the obstetric population.

Goal
Student will receive an in-depth exposure to maternal and fetal complications of pregnancy.

Objectives
Student will develop the clinical skills needed to identify potential maternal and fetal complications of a high-risk pregnancy and to establish an appropriate plan of management.

Student will become familiar with the means of fetal surveillance (ultrasound, antepartum fetal testing, amniocentesis, and others).

Student will develop an understanding of the indications for fetal testing and of the reliability and limitations of these tests.

Students assigned to this clerkship report at 8 a.m. on the first day to Prentice, 12th floor, and visiting students will come after reporting to the Student Affairs Office at 9 a.m. (see Section IV of your application form).

Four weeks. One credit. One student. PWH

1433-43 Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Ralph Kazer and faculty, (312) 926-8244.

Students will have the opportunity to participate actively in the specialty clinics of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Students will evaluate new patients and formulate management plans for clinical problems including both female and male infertility, and various endocrinopathies. Students will observe assisted reproduction including IVF, and assist in the management of surgically treated patients. All students will be expected to participate in section conferences and give a presentation on some aspect of reproductive endocrinology.

Goal
Student will increase ability to evaluate and treat patients/couples complaining of either infertility or manifestations of various reproductive endocrinopathies.

Students assigned to this clerkship report at 1 p.m. on the first day to 675 N. St. Clair St., 14-200, Chicago, IL 60611, and visiting students will come after reporting to the Student Affairs Office at 9 a.m. (see Section IV of your application form).

Four or eight weeks. One or two credits. One student. PWH.

1443-42 Gynecologic Oncology

Dr. Wilberto Nieves-Neira and faculty, (312) 472-4684

Students will evaluate and follow inpatients and outpatients and participate in surgical procedures on the Gynecologic Oncology Service at Prentice Women’s Hospital under the direction of resident and attending staff. They will receive instruction in diagnostic procedures, pathologic findings, principles of treatment by radical surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and management of psychosocial and ethical problems in gynecologic oncology. They will be expected to attend conferences, complete assigned reading in gynecologic oncology, and prepare a topic for presentation.

Goals
Student will learn methods of diagnosis and management of gynecologic cancer in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Students will develop an understanding of the principles of radical surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy for the management of gynecologic cancer.

Students will increase their understanding of the psychological, economic, and ethical problems associated with treating cancer patients.

Objectives
Students will be better able to:

  • Diagnose and manage gynecologic malignancies in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Correlate clinical and pathologic findings related to gynecologic cancer.
  • Recognize the pathologic, social, and economic aspects of cancer.
  • Care for dying patients and interact with their families.
  • Perform adequate gynecologic exams.

Students assigned to this clerkship report at 7 a.m. on the first day to Prentice, 14th floor, and visiting students will come after reporting to the Student Affairs Office at 9 a.m. (see Section IV of your application form).

Four weeks. One credit. One or two students. PWH

1433-44 Reproductive Genetics

Dr. Lee Shulman (312) 472-4683

The student participates in all activities of the Division of Reproductive Genetics. The course provides formal instruction and directed readings in medical genetics and genetic counseling. The extern participates in genetic counseling sessions regarding a range of indications, including advanced maternal age, positive maternal serum screens, ultrasound abnormalities, and family histories of genetic disorders. Elementary principles of cytogenetics are covered.

Goals

  • Gain experience in genetic counseling.
  • Enhance skills in clinical genetics.
  • Learn elementary cytogenetic principles.

Objectives
To better enable the student to:

  • Interview patients.
  • Listen to critical family history.
  • Take and interpret pedigree.
  • Counsel families about genetic disorders.
  • Counsel patients for prenatal diagnosis.
  • Understand and apply carrier testing availability for specific disorders.
  • Understand rudiments of chromosome analysis and molecular genetics/testing.

Students assigned to this clerkship report at 8:30 a.m. on the first day to PWH 115, and visiting students will come after reporting to the Student Affairs Office at 9 a.m.(see Section IV of your application form).

Four or eight weeks. One or two credits. One student. Prentice

1433-45 Ambulatory Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Melissa Keene and faculty (312) 472-4683

Students will have an opportunity to participate in selected regular and specialty clinics of the department and in the ambulatory surgical units and community obstetric-gynecologic programs affiliated with the department. Specialty clinics frequently attended include pediatric gynecology, gynecologic urology, ultrasound, genetic counseling, colposcopy, and HIV obstetrics and gynecology. Students will be expected to give a presentation based on a review of the literature on a topic of their choice related to ambulatory care.

Goals
To gain exposure to the different aspects of ambulatory obstetrics and gynecology practice and the principles of ambulatory care in women’s health.

To research in depth a topic of their choice, critiquing the literature, and then informally present it.

To develop their skills in the management of the obstetrics and gynecologic patient.

Objectives
To develop basic skills in:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Pediatric gynecology.
  • Routine outpatient gynecologic and obstetric care.
  • Ambulatory surgical care.
  • Evaluation and treatment of the abnormal Pap smear.
  • Contraceptive counseling.
  • Genetic counseling.

Students assigned to this clerkship contact Trudy Beaubrun-Milton for instructions one to two weeks prior to the scheduled start date at (312) 472-4683, Fax (312) 472-4688, or tbeaubru@nmh.org). Arrive on Mondays, 9 a.m., at 675 N. Saint Clair 14-200, Chicago, IL 60611, and visiting students will come after reporting to the Student Affairs Office at 9 a.m. (see Section IV of your application form).

Four weeks. One credit. One student per rotation. PWH.

1433-46 Research

Dr. Melissa Simon and senior faculty

Contact Dr. Simon for authorization (312) 472-4683.

The student will be given the opportunity to review a subject in depth with the idea of preparing a written paper at the end of his/her work. Topics will be selected in an agreement between the student and the faculty advisor. Work will be in a clinical, laboratory, or library setting. Chart reviews may be included.

Goals
The student will select a topic for an in-depth tutorial with one or two faculty members.

The student will prepare a paper for possible submission to a journal.

Objectives
To better enable the student to:

  • Search literature with LUIS and MEDLAR MEDLINE at library.
  • Develop a list of secondary references.
  • Prepare an outline of a paper.
  • Develop a topic for presentation in a journal.
  • Prepare an abstract.

The student desiring to select this course should be able to work independently, arrange and discipline his or her own time, and preferably should have had some experience in writing technical reports.

Students assigned to this clerkship report as arranged with a supervising faculty member and visiting students come after reporting to the Student Affairs Office at 9 a.m. (see Section IV of your application form).

Twelve weeks. Three credits. One to Two students. PWH

1433-54 Women's Health

Dr. Cassing Hammond and faculty, (312) 472-4683.

The emphasis of this clerkship is on topics central to women’s health issues or on gender-specific differences in disease progression or therapeutic outcomes. The student is expected to select a topic in women’s health to research in a clinical, laboratory, or library setting. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinics in various departments that concentrate on women’s health issues (obstetrics, gynecology, cardiovascular diseases, other internal medicine clinics, general and subspecialty, possibly WHI projects, and others).

Goals
The student will gain in depth exposure to issues central to women’s health.

The student will design or assist in a new or ongoing research project central to women’s health with one or two faculty members.

The student will prepare a paper for possible submissions to a journal that must be completed by the end of the elective.

Objectives

  • To heighten awareness of women’s health issues.
  • To become acquainted with current literature regarding women’s health.
  • To participate in clinical experiences centering on women’s health.
  • To prepare a paper researching an area in women’s health.

The student desiring this course should be able to work independently, arrange and discipline his or her own time, and be dedicated to completing a project. Prior writing experience would be helpful. An exit interview at the end of the elective is required.

Any interested student should contact the preceptor, Dr. Cassing Hammond, at least one month before starting this elective so individualized scheduling can be completed prior to the students’ arrival for the elective. No student will be permitted to take this course without such prearranged scheduling.

Students assigned to this clerkship report Mondays, 9 a.m., Prentice Pavilion, Room 464B, Dr. Hammond or his designee, and visiting students will come after reporting to the Student Affairs Office at 9 a.m. (see Section IV of your application form).

This rotation alternates with Ambulatory Obstetrics and Gynecology and the two are not offered in the same month due to shared faculty.

Four or eight weeks. One or two credits. One student per rotation. PWH.

Faculty Contact Information

Angela Chaudhari, MD(312) 472-4683
Sharon Dooley, MD(312) 472-4685
Jeffrey Dungan, MD(312) 472-4683
Patricia Garcia, MD(312) 472-4685
Susan Gerber, MD(312) 472-4685
Susan Goldsmith, MD(312) 472-4683
William Grobman, MD(312) 472-4685
Cassing Hammond, MD(312) 472-4683
Ralph Kazer, MD(312) 926-8244
Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, MD(312) 926-9244
Latasha Nelson, MD(312) 472-4685
Wilberto Nieves-Neira, MD(312) 472-4684
Alan Peaceman, MD(312) 472-4685
Lee Shulman, MD(312) 472-4683
Janelle Walton, MD(312) 472-4685

Career Advising Coordinators

Pat Garcia, MD

Patricia Garcia, MD
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
312-472-4685

Susan Goldsmith

Susan Goldsmith, MD
Clerkship Director
312-472-4672

Contact Us

Mallori Kelley
Clerkship Coordinator
312-472-4672