IU School of Medicine



The student will spend time at a variety of clinical settings including Eskenazi Health, IU University Hospital, IU Methodist Hospital and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in order to provide patient care in family planning and participate in pregnancy termination procedures. The student will actively participate in ultrasonography, determination of gestational age, pregnancy options counseling, contraceptive counseling, prescribing and placement of long acting reversible contraceptives, and pregnancy termination procedures. The student will be part of an interdisciplinary team of professionals as well as working one-on-one with interdisciplinary preceptors who routinely focus on family planning in their practices. The elective can be tailored to include additional objectives (e.g., research opportunities) in order to meet an individual student's educational goals and objectives above and beyond those outlined in the elective.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Stutsman John, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis); IU Health (downtown); Planned Parenthood of Indiana

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Conduct pregnancy options counseling with patients/clients (ISC2)
  • 2) Employ effective counseling strategies with patients/clients using evidenced-based medical reasoning regarding appropriate and current birth control methods (MK5)
  • 3) Utilize knowledge and skills necessary for intrauterine device insertion and evacuation of products of conception (PC5)
  • 4) Interpret data regarding publicly funded contraception, unintended pregnancy, births and pregnancy terminations (PBLI1)
  • 5) Examine personal values and questions regarding family planning issues as well as those views held by others (P3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation) Present and lead a discussion of best medical evidence in family planning based upon the current literature. Students will be observed by faculty in all clinical activities, including counseling, use of manual vacuum uterine aspiration, in addition to oral/written case presentations, and discussions of best medical evidence supported by the literature.

Enrollment Information

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

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical Observation, 10% Library/Research, 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Kellie Hindman (kmhindma@indiana.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: The student will have the intentional opportunity to work with advanced nurse practitioners in addition to OB/GYN residents throughout the course.

Service Learning Included: None