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Third Year Electives

All elective courses in the third year requite completion of any third year core clerkship, including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, primary care, and ob/gyn. Courses are limited to one student per rotation. Priority for scheduling is given to students of Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and after completion of the college’s scheduling process courses may not be available for all time slots due to other faculty obligations. Requests for scheduling from students of other colleges of medicine shall be cleared by the Department of OB/GYN student director and student coordinator.

OBGYN 721A--Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Elective--2.5 credits

Program Director: William Dodson, MD (Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Hershey Medical Center

Maximum Number of Students: 1

When Offered: All Rotations

Length of Elective: 2 Weeks

Prerequisite: Completion of third year OBGYN core clerkship

Description: This course is designed to introduce third year medical students to the basic evaluation of human infertility and expose them to current technologies for addressing the women, including the underlying biochemical and hormonal basis of normal function and the recognition and management of common disorders. This will include exposure to genetic and clinical research and the interplay between what are seen as reproductive endocrine disorders and broader human endocrinology. Experiences will include participation in infertility clinics, endocrinology clinics, vaginal ultrasound sessions, egg retrieval, and embryo transfer procedures.

 

OBGYN 722A--Clinical Perinatal Medicine--2.5 credits

Program Director: Sedar Ural, MD (Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Hershey Medical Center

Maximum Number of Students: 1

When Offered: All Rotations

Length of Elective: 2 Weeks

Prerequisite: Completion of third year OBGYN core clerkship

Description: This course is designed to introduce third year medical students to the basic concepts of high risk obstetrics and expose them to current technologies for monitoring fetuses and diagnosing prenatal disorders. They will review the human physiologic adaptations of pregnancy and understand the relevance to everyday clinical situations. They will be exposed to genetic counseling, screening, and diagnosis, including the ethical impact of current knowledge and technologies. Finally, they will be exposed to the impact of pregnancy on systemic disorders such as, hypertension and the impact of those disorders on the health and development of the fetus.

 

Fourth Year Electives

All elective courses require successful completion of all third year core clerkships, including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, primary care, and ob/gyn. Courses are limited to one student per rotation. Priority for scheduling is given to students of Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, and after completion of the College’s scheduling process courses may not be available for all time slots due to other faculty obligations. Requests for scheduling from students of other institutions shall be cleared by the Department of OB/GYN Student Director and Student Coordinator.

OBGYN 701--ObGyn Externships/Sub-Internship--5 Credits

Program Director(s): Norman Naverro, MD (Harrisburg Hospital)

Pamela Martin, DO (Lancaster General Hospital)

Kristin Friel, MD (Lehigh Valley Hospital)

Daniel Jiang, MD (Reading Hospital and Medical Center)

Leslie Robinson, MD (York Hospital)

Locations: Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, and York, PA

Maximum Number of Students: 1 student per location

When Offered: All rotations

Length: 1 Month

Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships

Description: These courses are designed to expose the advanced student to obstetrics and gynecology in a community hospital setting. The student will be responsible in obstetrics for the management of ante partum and postpartum cases of both routine and high risk pregnancies. The student will participate actively with the resident and assume responsibility commensurate with an advanced elective course. The physiology of labor and delivery will be stressed. The gynecology component will include the full time activities of an active community hospital gynecologist. This will include experience in the office, in the outpatient setting of the hospital, the inpatient setting, and operating room. There is a possibility for individualized course directives to meet student’s interests to include such topics as general gynecology, urogynecology, and gynecologic oncology. This interest should be discussed with the program director at each individual location.

OBGYN 710--Clinical Gynecologic Oncology Acting Internship--5 credits

This elective will involve active participation in outpatient and inpatient evaluations of patients with gynecologic malignancies. This includes experience with both the surgical and medical management of common gynecologic malignancies. This course qualifies as a surgical sub-internship. The student will participate actively along with the residents and assume responsibilities commensurate with an advances elective course. Pathophysiology of common gynecologic malignancies and their treatment will be stressed.

Program Director: James Fanning, DO (Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Hershey Medical Center

Maximum Number of Students: 1

When Offered: All rotations

Length of Elective: 1 Month

Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships

Report To: Chief Resident, GYN-Oncology

Description: This elective will involve active participation in outpatient and inpatient evaluations of patients with gynecologic malignancies. This includes experience with both the surgical and medical management of common gynecologic malignancies. This course qualifies as a surgical sub-internship. The student will participate actively along with the residents and assume responsibilities commensurate with an advances elective course. Pathophysiology of common gynecologic malignancies and their treatment will be stressed.

OBGYN 720--Clinical Outpatient Gynecology (Ambulatory & Adolescent Gynecology)--5 credits

Program Director: Carie D’Agata, MD (Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Hershey Medical Center

Maximum Number of Students: 1

When Offered: September through May

Length of Elective: 1 Month

Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships

Description: This elective involves active participation in a community outpatient obstetrics and gynecology practice. The student will participate in outpatient evaluation and management of common and complex gynecologic problems, with a heavy concentration on primary care and preventative medicine. They will be exposed to the relationship with physician extenders, specifically certified nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. Considerable individualization of course directives to meet student interests is possible particularly involving pediatric/adolescent gynecology, vulvodynia, outpatient surgery, and hospital obstetrics.

OBGYN 721--Clinical Outpatient Reproductive Endocrinology--5 credits

Program Director: William Dodson, MD (Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Hershey Medical Center

Maximum Number of Students: 1

When Offered: All rotations

Length of Elective: 1 Month

Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships

Description: This elective will involve active participation in an outpatient practice of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. It will introduce the student to the evaluation of infertility as well as modern treatment modalities. The student will participate in outpatient surgical procedures such as hysteroscopy and laparoscopy, as well as experience advanced reproductive technologies. The student will be expected to participate in a month long project to broaden his/her knowledge of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

OBGYN 722--Clinical Perinatal Medicine--5 credits

Program Director: Serdar Ural, MD (Hershey Medical Center)

Location: Hershey Medical Center

Maximum Number of Students: 1

When Offered: All rotations

Length of Elective: 1 Month

Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships

Description: The student will be involved in the evaluation of high risk pregnancies in antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum settings. The student will become familiar with many of the medical complications of pregnancies and their management. The student will also be exposed to pre and post conception genetic counseling and obstetrical ultrasonography.

OBGYN 796--Individual Studies--5 credits

Program Director: Faculty Research Advisor

Location: Hershey Medical Center

Maximum Number of Students: N/A

When Offered: All rotations

Length of Elective: 1 Month

Prerequisite: Limited to students of Pennsylvania State College of Medicine

Description: Promotion of a scientific approach to basic questions in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Emphasize problem definition and methodology primarily involving but not limited to literature search and chart review. The educational goals and course of study must be submitted to the OBGYN department medical student director for approval and acceptance of educational responsibility by the designated faculty must be confirmed prior to approval of the course.  

OBGYN 797--OB/GYN Special Topics--5 credits

Program Director: Variable

Location: Variable

Maximum Number of Students: N/A

When Offered: All Rotations

Length of Elective: 1 Month

Prerequisite: Third year core clerkship, approval by ObGyn Department Student Director

Description: Clinical experience in one or more aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology through work with a faculty physician. This course may include externships at non-affiliate institutions, as well as one-on-one work with a Hershey Medical Center faculty. The educational goals and course of study must be submitted to the OBGYN department medical student director for approval and acceptance of educational responsibility by the designated faculty must be confirmed prior to approval of the course.

 

 

Visiting Student Electives

OBGYN 710--Clinical Gynecologic Oncology Acting Internship--5 credits

Program Director: James Fanning, DO (Hershey Medical Center)
Location: Hershey Medical Center
Maximum Number of Students: 1
When Offered: All rotations
Length of Elective: 1 Month
Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships
Report To: Chief Resident, GYN-Oncology
Description: This elective will involve active participation in outpatient and inpatient evaluations of patients with gynecologic malignancies. This includes experience with both the surgical and medical management of common gynecologic malignancies. This course qualifies as a surgical sub-internship. The student will participate actively along with the residents and assume responsibilities commensurate with an advances elective course. Pathophysiology of common gynecologic malignancies and their treatment will be stressed.

OBGYN 720--Clinical Outpatient Gynecology (Ambulatory & Adolescent Gynecology)--5 credits

Program Director: Carie D’Agata, MD (Hershey Medical Center)
Location: Hershey Medical Center
Maximum Number of Students: 1
When Offered: September through May
Length of Elective: 1 Month
Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships
Description: This elective involves active participation in a community outpatient obstetrics and gynecology practice. The student will participate in outpatient evaluation and management of common and complex gynecologic problems, with a heavy concentration on primary care and preventative medicine. They will be exposed to the relationship with physician extenders, specifically certified nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. Considerable individualization of course directives to meet student interests is possible particularly involving pediatric/adolescent gynecology, vulvodynia, outpatient surgery, and hospital obstetrics.

OBGYN 722--Clinical Perinatal Medicine--5 credits

Program Director: Serdar Ural, MD (Hershey Medical Center)
Location: Hershey Medical Center
Maximum Number of Students: 1
When Offered: All rotations
Length of Elective: 1 Month
Prerequisite: Third year core clerkships
Description: The student will be involved in the evaluation of high risk pregnancies in antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum settings. The student will become familiar with many of the medical complications of pregnancies and their management. The student will also be exposed to pre and post conception genetic counseling and obstetrical ultrasonography.