Women's Health Elective

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: MGH
Directors: Roth, Elizabeth R.; Smulders-Meyer, Olga J.M.
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month; except Jul, Aug, Nov, Dec, March
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
The course will cover common primary care problems in women, including contraception, office gynecology, endocrine disorders, eating disorders, issues around menopause, breast cancer screening, medical problems in pregnancy, and common dermatoses seen in women. Students will see patients under the close supervision of the preceptor in our offices at Women's Health Associates. They also have an opportunity to rotate through the breast clinic, colposcopy clinic, and other specialties of their particular interest. The student will also learn how to incorporate the history and physical examination into a concise and comprehensive note that reflects the visit.
Learning Goals:
Obtain a detailed history from the patient, and practice thorough physical examinations.
To become familiar with breast examinations and pelvic examinations, and total body skin checks.
The goal is that the student will be encouraged every day to read up on, and further explore disease entities that were encountered during the day.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
During one month elective, the student will have the opportunity to interview and examine multiple patients, both at Women's Health Associates as well as in the sub specialty clinics, elsewhere in the hospital. They will encounter multiple diseases, and learn to recognize symptoms and pathophysiology that they have learned about in medical school. Up to date information on various disease entities, and their management based on evidence based medicine will be provided to the students and discussed with them on a regular basis.
The student will be assessed on her cognitive knowledge as well as on her skills and her ability to organize and present the patient that has been evaluated. Her clinical responsibility, her dependability, reliability, industriousness, and initiative, as well as her rapport with patients and other members of the health care team will be evaluated. Also her professional conduct and her attitude toward patients will be closely observed. Lastly, her potential as a house officer will be assessed.
Grade Criteria:
High Honors:
Exceptional knowledge and understanding of the materials covered. Extemely skillfull in physical evaluation. Outstanding sound thinker. Outstanding communicator.
Well informed, excellent knowledge on most aspects of the clerkship. Judgement consistently sound. Consistently able to express thoughts clearly. A very good team worker.
Is well informed on most aspects of the clerkship. Judgement is usually sound and reasonable. Organizes and expresses thoughts consisely on routine subjects. Gets along well with most people.
Has satisfactory general knowledge of the clerkship. Is prone to neglect or misinterpret facts. Commits occasional errors in judgement. Sometimes indifferent to patients and to the medical team.
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