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Gynecology Clerkship Objectives

  • Be able to take and appropriately record a complete gynecologic history. (S-PE-1, S-C-1)
  • Learn and be able to perform and appropriately record the essentials of a breast, abdominal and pelvic examination (including speculum and bi-manual portions of the pelvic exam). (K-T-1, S-PE-1)
  • Know how to obtain a PAP smear, perform cervical cultures and interpret KOH and wet smears of vaginal secretions. (S-PE-1, S-PE-2)
  • Consider the possibility of pregnancy occurring in any woman within the reproductive age range who presents for medical evaluation and care. Understand that pregnancy, both intrauterine and extrauterine can present in many ways and must be considered in terms of differential diagnosis and treatment decisions. (K-NSS-1, K-D-1, K-T-2, K-SC-2, S-PE-1, S-PE-2)
  • Understand the hormonal relationships of the menstrual cycle and how they relate to normal and abnormal uterine bleeding. (K-NSS-1, K-D-1)
  • Develop an appreciation for the differing gynecologic issues and problems encountered in the different stages of a woman’s life. (K-NSS-1, K-D-1)
  • Become familiar with the anatomy of the external genitalia and pelvic viscera of women. (K-NSS-1)
  • Become familiar with the common gynecologic neoplasms, including the presentation, diagnosis and treatment; understand the general principles of staging. (K-D-1, K-T-1, K-T-2, S-PE-2)
  • Be able to construct appropriate differential diagnoses for patients presenting with (1) abnormal bleeding and/or (2) pelvic pain and/or (3) vaginal discharge and/or (4) menopausal symptoms and/or (5) acute abdomen. (K-D-1, K-SC-2, S-PE-1, S-PE-2, S-CRM-1)
  • Be able to outline appropriate measures of prevention and/or early detection of cervical dysplasia and sexually transmitted diseases. (K-D-1, K-T-1, S-PE-1, S-C-1)
  • Be able to outline the different contraceptive techniques with their advantages/disadvantages, risks and benefits. (K-NSS-1, K-D-1, K-T-1, K-SC-1, K-SC-2, S-C-1, AB-PH-1)
  • Assess a patient for possible perimenopausal symptoms and be able to construct a differential diagnosis, evaluation and management plan for those women. In addition, the student should be able to counsel women regarding hormone replacement therapy. (K-NSS-1, K-D-1, K-T-1, K-T-2, S-PE-1, S-PE-2, S-C-1, S-CRM-1)

Overall objectives and competencies of the M.D. program

In compliance with LCME accreditation standards, every required course and clerkship has its objectives mapped to the overall objectives to allow the school to be certain the overall objectives are met. In the course/clerkship objectives above, there are abbreviations that link to the overall program objectives. The key to these abbreviations can be found on Blackboard. The document will help assist URMC faculty, residents, staff, and students in understanding how the curriculum objectives and competencies are taught and assessed.