University of Pittsburgh


Combined Clinical Years

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship (OBGC)

4 weeks

Clerkship Director
Heather Hohmann, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Clerkship Co-Director
Rebecca Waltner-Toews, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Course Description

This 4-week clerkship emphasizes health care for women of reproductive and postmenopausal ages. Students will rotate through three clinical segments, including outpatient services (outpatient clinics and offices), obstetrics (labor and delivery suite), and gynecology (private service and university service). Daily schedules include teaching rounds, evaluation of outpatients, preparation of patients for surgery and assisting at surgery and deliveries, postoperative and postpartum care.

The objectives of the course are that students:

  1. adequately perform a thorough and organized menstrual, obstetric, gynecologic, contraceptive and sexual history.
  2. demonstrate competency in the performance of breast and pelvic exams.
  3. recognize the presentation and course of common diseases specific to women.
  4. demonstrate understanding of the physiologic changes of normal pregnancy.

The clerkship takes place at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Educational Methods


Inpatient patient care activities Outpatient patient care activities Workshops Lectures
Structured readings Small group didactic sessions Conferences Grand Rounds



Evaluation of the clerkship will be based on a combination of your clinical performance from preceptors (50%), NBME web-based subject final examination (20%), the written reflective exercise on Cultural Competency (10%), and small group performance (20%).

Grading: The clerkship is graded Honors, High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Unsatisfactory.  

Faculty Note

Nicole Donnellan, MD is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award.