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Visiting Medical Student Clerkships

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Surgery (Minnesota)


Students participate in preoperative evaluations and workups, intraoperative procedures and the postoperative care of patients who present benign and neoplastic gynecologic surgical processes. Students are assigned to one of Mayo's staff gynecologic surgeons during the clerkship depending on their preference for an experience in oncology, or female pelvic medicine/reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

Specific goals

  1. Increase exposure to surgical gynecology by participating directly in one of several high-volume gynecologic surgical services.
  2. Become more familiar with the surgical management of vulvar, endometrial, cervical and ovarian cancers, as well as benign conditions such as pelvic relaxation, endometriosis, urinary incontinence, and chronic pelvic pain.

Activity outline

On arrival, students become members of the surgical team and participate in morning and afternoon ward work rounds. On surgical days, students accompany residents to the operating suites at 7:30 a.m. and participate in the procedures scheduled for that day. On alternate days, students accompany staff surgeons on hospital postoperative rounds and clinic preoperative consultations.

Method of evaluation

Evaluation is based on several criteria, including patient care, amount of knowledge, personal qualities, maturity, and motivation.

Additional application requirement for Obstetrics/Gynecology

Each applicant must have USMLE Step 1 score; COMLEX cannot replace USMLE Step 1.