4th Year Electives in OBGyn

We have three Acting Internships in OBGYN available to UCD SOM students. Although UCD students are given first priority, visiting students may also participate in these courses.

OBG 470: Gynecologic Oncology Acting Internship
Instructor of Record: Vanessa Kennedy, MD
Course Description: This four week elective primarily involves direct inpatient management of women on the UCDMC Gynecologic Oncology service. Students will be acting at the level of a sub-intern (acting intern), and will work under the supervision of house staff, fellows, and attendings. Students will also participate (assist) in the surgical care of patients, as well as occasional care in the ambulatory setting at the Cancer Center. Students will be expected to make a brief oral presentation on a topic of their choice to the house staff and faculty.
Course Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of 3rd year core clerkships.
Common Problems/Diseases Encountered: Cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian/peritoneal cancer, vulvar cancer, suspicious adnexal masses, complications of gynecologic malignancies and associated treatments, chemotherapy management (minimal).
Duration: 4 weeks

OBG 472 Family Planning and Reproductive Health Ambulatory Acting Internship
Instructor of Record: Melody Hou, MD MPH
Course description: The focus of this AI is to learn more about the Gynecologic Subspecialty of Family Planning. Counseling and provision of contraceptive methods, experience with pelvic ultrasounds, management of spontaneous, inevitable and induced abortion and post-abortion care by both surgical and medical techniques are included. Abortion is considered an integral part of this rotation, and the student is expected to participate in the full range of family planning services. The student is also welcome and encouraged to participate in ongoing family planning research projects.
Course Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of 3rd year OB/Gyn rotation.
Common Procedures Performed/Observed: Abortion is considered an integral part of this rotation, and the student is expected to participate in the full range of family planning services. The amount of hands-on experience will vary from clinic to clinic. Being in clinic can be a difficult experience for some family planning patients, and the patient’s comfort level must be considered.
Duration: 4 weeks.
Course Learning Objectives

OBG 475: Perinatology/Labor and Delivery Acting Internship
Instructor of Record: Debra Wright, MD and Véronique Taché, MD

Course description: This elective involves direct inpatient management of women on the UCDMC L&D unit, including care of antepartum and complicated postpartum patients. Students will also rotate through the ambulatory setting.
Additional Comments/Requirements: Students will be expected to make a brief oral presentation at the end of their rotation, the topic will be arranged with one of the course chairs.
Course Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all 3rd year core clerkships.
Common Problems/Diseases Encountered: Routine/normal pregnancy, normal labor/delivery process, complications of pregnancy including preeclasmpsia, preterm labor, PPROM, DM, infectious diseases affecting pregnancy, maternal medical conditions affecting pregnancy, abnormal fetal conditions
Common Procedures Performed/Observed: Students will likely assist with appropriate supervision in vaginal deliveries and episiotomy repairs, cesarean sections and fetal ultrasonography.
Duration: 4 weeks

Comments: Weekend duty is only related to whether or not the student is placed on call that day.

4th Year Electives in Obstetrics & Gynecology Application Information

UCD students may register via eFlight (https://eflight.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/scheduling/public/content/catalog.iface)

If you are a visiting student, the application is managed by the Office of the Registrar: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/registrar/visiting.html

To encourage fourth year students who are underrepresented in medicine and/or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for a clinical elective at UC Davis, the Office of Student and Resident Diversity at UCD offers a  4th year Visiting Elective Program that provides financial, housing and mentoring support.

The department does not host students visiting from non-U.S. schools. If you are a physician not from the U.S. who is interested in visiting our hospital, please contact Dr. Hong Liu (hualiu@ucdavis.edu) of the International Center.

Please note: Interviews for our residency program are granted by invitation only. Participating in an elective will not guarantee an interview.

Residency Application Advising for 4th Year Students

We have an advising program for fourth year UCD SOM students applying for OBGYN residency. Fourth year students select a primary advisor from a small core of advisors, overseen by Dr. Hou, to act as a mentor through the application process.

  • Group session on the application process
  • Group session on preparing for interviews (current 1st and 2nd year residents invited to share their viewpoints and experiences)
  • Individual sessions with primary advisor to review the ERAS application including personal statement, the initial application list, and rank list
  • Mock Interview and Feedback