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Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Surgery (Minnesota)


This subinternship is designed for the fourth-year medical student who is seriously interested in pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynecology.

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 availability in oncology, 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 organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, endometriosis, 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 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 the student's level of participation and display of interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, teamwork, and patient care. Verbal feedback will be provided during a mid-evaluation meeting with the attending/consultant and written evaluation will be provided at the end of the rotation.

Additional application requirement for Obstetrics/Gynecology

Each applicant must have USMLE Step 1 score; COMLEX cannot replace USMLE Step 1. A personal statement and letter of recommendation is also required. Completion of a visiting rotation will not automatically guarantee an interview offer during the residency application cycle.