Obstetrics and Gynecology

201.3 Inpatient Gynecology

Instructor: Padmasini Kandadai, M.D., M.P.H.

Location: Boston Medical Center

Telephone:414-7481, Makeba Kent

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: One Month

Description of Elective:

The student participates as a subintern in all aspects of the inpatient and ambulatory gynecology service, assisting in minor and major gynecologic surgical procedures and following patients post-operatively.

Successful completion of the core OB/GYN, Medicine and Surgery rotations are prerequisite.

*The above elective satisifies the subinternship requirement.

 

202.3 Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Instructor: Jodi Abbott, M.D.

Location: Boston Medical Center

Telephone:414-7481, Makeba Kent

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: One Month

Description of Elective:

The student works with the Maternal Fetal Medicine and resident staff caring for high-risk pregnant patients, in both ambulatory and in-patient settings. The student will function as an acting intern for patients on the ante partum service. The student will attend the high risk prenatal clinics and spend one day per week on the labor floor. They will attend conferences run by the High Risk Department; additionally the student is expected to present at a MFM Thursday noon conference. To receive honors in the clerkship the student will write a paper or create a teaching tool for clerkship students.

Successful completion of the core OB/GYN, Medicine and Surgery rotations are prerequisite.

*The above elective satisifies the subinternship requirement.

 

203.11 Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Instructor: Elisabeth Woodhams, M.D.

Location: Boston Medical Center, Ambulatory Care Center, Fertility Control Center and Doctor’s Office Building

Telephone: 617-414-7481, Makeba Kent

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: One Month

Description of Elective:

Students can participate in the counseling and provision of contraceptive methods in a variety of outpatient settings. Management of spontaneous, inevitable and induced abortion and post-abortion care by both surgical and medical techniques is included. The student should acquire skills in examination and provision of contraceptives and experience with ultrasound in early pregnancy diagnosis. There is a didactic component which includes a section on public health implications of family planning and preservation of fertility and reproductive health.

Students are welcome to participate in ongoing contraceptive research projects. Students with a strong interest in reproductive health research may wish to consider a two-month elective.

Successful completion of the core OB/GYN, Medicine and Surgery rotations are prerequisite.

 

203.2 Sexual Assault/Trauma Informed Care Elective

Instructor: Shannon Bell, M.D.

Location: Boston Medical Center

Telephone:414-7481, Makeba Kent   Email: makeba.kent@bmc.org

Number of Students: One per block (Boston University medical students only)

Period to be offered: Blocks 15, 16, 18 and 19

Length of Elective: 4 weeks

Course grades as Pass/Fail

Description of Elective:

This elective will take place in the BMC ED and in the LINK Clinic within the Ob-Gyn department. BMC is a designated SANE hospital, which means specially-trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) can be called to perform sexual assault medical exams. Students will be paged to the ED when patients present following sexual assaults. Students will interact with patients in the ED in the role of an advocate, supporting the patients as appropriate throughout the SANE exam. In the clinic, the student’s role will be similar to their other outpatient clerkships, as students will see and present patients, write notes, and advocate for their patients to help them access appropriate social services. In both settings, students will work interprofessionally with social workers, nurse practitioners, and physicians.

In addition to on-call time and clinic, students will learn from a combination of online readings, presentations, and video interviews on the course Blackboard website. During the elective, students will create an educational project to add to the Blackboard site and write a reflection piece based on a case. They will receive feedback on these assignments from the preceptor Dr. Bell.

The first day will encompass a brief orientation video and they will be on-call with social work in the Emergency Department. Students will provide social work with their pager number prior to the beginning of the rotation, with assistance of Dr. Bell to direct students to the appropriate contact person. Students will also attend LINK Clinic sessions in the Ob-Gyn department, Dr. Bell will inform students of the scheduled times and location.  The frequency of LINK clinic sessions depends completely on patient demand.

 

203.3 Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Instructor: Tirah Samura, M.D.

Location: Boston Medical Center

Telephone:414-7481, Makeba Kent

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: One Month

Description of Elective:

The student works with the Maternal Fetal Medicine and resident staff caring for high-risk pregnant patients, in both ambulatory and in-patient settings. The student will have significant supervised clinical responsibility for the pharmacologic management of chemical dependency during pregnancy, participating in all aspects of antenatal, intra-partum and post-partum care. Pregnancies complicated by heroin, cocaine and alcohol addiction will be the focus of this elective. Each student is expected to complete a supervised, scholarly clinical paper during this rotation.

Successful completion of the core OB/GYN, Medicine and Surgery rotations are prerequisite.

 

204.3  OB/GYN Bootcamp: Preparing for Internship

Instructors: Padmasini Kandadai, M.D., M.P.H. and Jodi Abbott, M.D.

Location: Boston Medical Center, YACC 4th Floor

Telephone: 617 414-7481, Makeba Kent

Number of Students: 20

Period to be offered: Block 19

Scheduling Priority:

1) BU students going into OB

2) BU students going into other specialties not registered for the Surgery Bootcamp

3) Any 4th year BU students, including those scheduled for the Surgery Bootcamp

Description of Elective:

The students are given the opportunity to participate in an intense four week elective that will better prepare them specifically for an OB/GYN internship.  Each week the elective will focus on reviewing the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) milestones to ensure that fourth year medical students have a strong foundation in the subject matter and skills before proceeding to an OB/GYN internship

Successful completion of the core OB/GYN, Medicine and Surgery rotations are prerequisite.

 

206.3 Breastfeeding Medicine

Instructors: Kari Radoff, CNM and Jodi Abbott, MD

Location: Various Community Health Centers

Telephone: 617-414-7481, Makeba Kent

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: One Month

Description of Elective:

The Breastfeeding Medicine elective’s first week is composed of an independent study module (the Wellstart lactation curriculum) along with other relevant lactation resources and readings. During the remaining three weeks of the elective, the student will apply their knowledge in lactation clinics, breastfeeding classes, and new mother support groups in the community. This elective is expected to be 40 hrs/week for 4 weeks.

This elective will benefit any future physician who expects to care for breastfeeding mothers and their infants in any capacity. While students destined for OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine are a natural audience for this information, any medical student who desires greater knowledge and confidence in management of breastfeeding problems will benefit from this elective.

The student will be required to obtain preceptor signoff and feedback on their assessment and management of specific breastfeeding problems. The student will also keep a portfolio of written journal entries documenting all patient encounters, as well as narrative reflections on outpatient learning experiences. The student will also identify a research question based on a patient encounter, search out answers to this question in the current literature, and create an evidence-based case presentation. The student will present this case at the OB/Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine noon conference during the rotation.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine Clerkships.

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