IU School of Medicine



The student will spend time on both an obstetrics and a gynecology service. The time spent on obstetrics will allow for experience in prenatal care, management of normal and complicated pregnancies, antepartum care, and postpartum care. The gynecology experience consists of preoperative evaluation, participation in a wide variety of surgical cases, and postoperative care. The services are very active, as are the subspecialties of oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, and endocrine/infertility. The hospital clinics will be utilized for teaching in the ambulatory setting. There will be weekly didactic educational conferences from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM every Wednesday, as well as daily morning report-out/changeover. The schedule for this rotation is quite flexible. The student may have the opportunity to spend time between the general obstetrics, high-risk obstetrics, or gynecologic oncology services to meet his/her educational goals. Students are expected to take four calls during the month.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org)

Director: Peter Marcus, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: St. Vincent Women's Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: OB/GYN Staff

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss principles of general obstetric and gynecologic patient care (PC1)
  • 2) Evaluate and assess laboring and postpartum patients (PC1)
  • 3) Evaluate and treat patients with common obstetric and gynecologic complaints (PC3)
  • 4) Discuss obstetrical emergencies (MK4)
  • 5) Identify physiologic changes and maternal adaptations that occur during pregnancy (MK1)
  • 6) Discuss the anatomy of the female pelvis (MK1)
  • 7) Demonstrate technical skills used in common obstetric and gynecologic procedures (PC5)
  • 8) Communicate effectively with patients, residents, and attending physician staff (ISC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; OB/GYN clerkship must be completed; Due to obligations with other 3rd and 4th year medical students, requests for the rotation should be made at least one month in advance to allow assignment of students appropriately. Students must have a score of >220 on either Part I or Part II of the NBME examination or > 560 on COMLEX Part I or Part II.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 65

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. To check availability, contact Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org). We do accept interested students with a wait list availability option.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None