About our medical student programs

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers educational experiences, courses and a clinical clerkship for medical students. The experiences include the opportunity to participate in the “Lead, Serve, Inspire” curriculum, a clinical clerkship for third-year medical students, as well as introductory courses in the areas of obstetrics, gynecology and oncology.

Our students are part of one of the largest comprehensive academic medical centers in the United States, making our campus a prime place to learn and practice.

Third-year medical students: transitioning to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Students transition to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology during their third year, a period also known as the clinical clerkship. For six weeks, our students spend an equal amount of time in obstetrics, oncology and gynecology.
Our students may select from the following locations for the entire six weeks:


Katherine Strafford, MD
Ob/Gyn Clerkship Director

Dawn Watson
Ob/Gyn Education Manager

Chelsea Allen
Ob/Gyn Student Coordinator

Courses and Electives

Courses and Electives

Introduction to Obstetrics

Our students learn about the birth process by attending antepartum and postpartum clinics. Students are assigned prenatal patients, whom they regularly examine, and in many cases, care for during labor and perform delivery under supervision of an instructor.
Didactic lecture programs are supplemented by smaller group sessions, where critical thinking and applied specialty-oriented problem solving is practiced in a preceptor fashion with practitioners in obstetrics and gynecology.
Teaching rounds are held daily, along with interdisciplinary conferences with pediatrics, pathology, endocrinology, radiotherapy and anesthesia.

Introduction to Gynecology

Our students learn about the care and management of gynecologic patients. Students have the opportunity to examine and diagnose gynecologic disorders under the supervision of a faculty member and assist in operative procedures. Students also have an opportunity to learn pelvic and breast examination skills from trained teaching associates. Students practice exam skills and feedback is provided during this required session.

Introduction to Oncology

Fundamentals of cancer detection and therapy are stressed while on the oncology service. Also stressed is the day-to-day caring of critically ill cancer patients both in the hospital and in the outpatient clinic setting. Each week students are required to attend the Tumor Board, an interdisciplinary conference where treatment planning is discussed.

Elective in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ohio State University medical students interested in an elective in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, can access the College of Medicine Course Catalog

About our Lead. Serve. Inspire. curriculum

Our Lead. Serve. Inspire. (LSI) curriculum prepares tomorrow’s physicians to deliver the highest quality of care to a diverse population of patients.

Presented as a three-part, four-year experience, the LSI curriculum fully integrates foundational and clinical science throughout the four-year period. Our students gain hands-on experience early in the program through a longitudinal, practice-based clinical service that offers opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to actual patient situations.

A team-based environment emphasizing self-directed learning with multiple assessment methods provides our students with individualized learning opportunities, while producing standardized outcomes.

Our goal is to ensure that all students are prepared to excel in their chosen postgraduate residency programs and move on to their areas of specialization and physician practices.

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