A curriculum for the fourth year of medical school: A survey of obstetrics and gynecology educators

Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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OBJECTIVE: To generate recommendations for a fourth-year rotation curriculum for medical students going into obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn). STUDY DESIGN: A 16-item survey was distributed to all academic Ob/Gyn chairpersons, program directors, and clerkship directors in the United States and Canada inquiring about their recommendations for a fourth-year medical school curriculum for a student who wished to pursue a residency in Ob/Gyn. The survey was also distributed to the faculty and second-year residents at 12 residency program sites. RESULTS: Two Ob/Gyn rotations were recommended by 51.2% (175/342) of respondents. When asked to design a 10-rotation fourth-year curriculum for the student pursuing an Ob/Gyn residency, the 10 most frequent responses were critical care, maternal-fetal medicine, emergency medicine, general Ob/Gyn, anes-thesiology, gynecologic oncology, radiology, boot camp, general surgery, and general internal medicine. Furthermore, 60.1% (208/346) of respondents recommended that the students from their institutions should do audition rotations. CONCLUSION: Ob/Gyn educators support senior medical students interested in pursuing an Ob/Gyn residency to do between 2–3 rotations in women’s health-related fields. Based on the survey, educators recommend students schedule a final year that includes both Ob/Gyn-specific rotations as well as rotations that further support a general medical education that prepares them for residency. In addition, audition rotations are commonly recommended by educators. (J Reprod Med 2019;64:247–255).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-255
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2019


  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Gynecology
  • Internship and residency
  • Medical
  • Medical education
  • Medical residency
  • Medical students
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Specialization
  • Undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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