IU School of Medicine



The elective is designed to familiarize the student with the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive endocrine problems such as primary and secondary amenorrhea, oligo and anovulation, other causes of infertility, galactorrhea, and hirsutism. Experience will be gained in the medical and surgical management of these problems as well as in gynecologic ultrasound as it pertains to REI problems and diagnosis of early pregnancy. There will be additional sessions devoted to the care of the menopausal and post-menopausal woman. Responsibilities will include attendance at Reproductive Endocrinology Clinic sessions at University Hospital Coleman Center for Women, attendance at surgery at University Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital and the Beltway North Surgery Center, participation in the inpatient care at the extern level of all patients on the Reproductive Endocrinology Service, and attendance at weekly OB/GYN departmental Conferences. There will be weekly in-depth discussions of various clinical problems in Reproductive Endocrinology preceded by appropriate reading assignments. Optional limited clinical research projects may be undertaken if chosen by the student. There will also be an opportunity for an end of rotation presentation at the biweekly Reproductive Endocrinology Luncheon conference.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Kellie Hindman (kmhindma@indiana.edu)

Director: Marguerite Shepard, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain how events of the menstrual cycle influence the evaluation and treatment of ovulatory/anovulatory female infertility (MK1)
  • 2) Describe the steps for evaluating primary and secondary amenorrhea (PC3)
  • 3) Discuss the indications and contra-indications for menopausal hormone therapy and list the non-hormonal alternatives for treatment of menopausal symptoms (MK5)
  • 4) Perform basic gynecologic ultrasound and identify the female reproductive organs sonographically (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; paper or presentation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; OB/GYN clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 35-40

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 10% Research; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Kellie Hindman (kmhindma@indiana.edu) This elective is handled through the match. Post-match results, all additions and drops for OBGYN electives must be approved through Kellie Hindman, OBGYN Clerkship Coordinator. To be placed on the waitlist for this course, please contact Kellie (kmhindma@indiana.edu or 317-948-7438). Vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None