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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Premedical and Pre-clerkship Medical Students


1st year UCD SOM Curriculum:

Preclinical medical students are introduced to reproductive health during the Mechanisms & Disease block of the first year curriculum.  In the ENRG (endocrinology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics) thread, students will learn about the overlapping and integrative functions and regulation of nutrition, the endocrine and reproductive systems, and the genetic basis of diseases across the human lifespan. Both the basic and pathophysiologic processes are considered. The teaching is a mix of lecture and precepted small group cases that are student-driven. A small core of our clinical faculty give the lectures related to reproduction, including menstrual disorders, contraception, early pregnancy maintenance and failure, pregnancy and labor physiology, and sexually transmitted infections. All faculty members enjoy precepting the small group cases that delve into the interface of basic and clinical reproduction knowledge.

 Clinical Shadowing for Premed and Preclinical students

Students who are interested in getting exposed to clinical OBGYN prior to entering the clinical years of medical school are welcome to contact us for these opportunities. We have opportunities available to shadow on Labor and Delivery with Dr. Laurel Finta, as well as a network of physicians who are willing to have students shadow them in the ambulatory OBGYN clinics. Please contact Dr. Melody Hou MD MPH (administrative assistant: Jenna Nelson, if you are interested.