Drexel University

Obstetrics and Gynecology Pathway

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

MUST READ FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: Ob/Gyn Pathway Breakout Handout 2018-2019


The discipline-based pathway in Obstetrics and Gynecology is recommended and designed for fourth-year medical students who have chosen to pursue Obstetrics and Gynecology as a career. It serves as a means for their senior year curriculum development and as a vital support system for the residency match process.

Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director and Site Coordinator:

Drexel University College of Medicine
Danielle B. Cullen, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
15th Floor Bobst, Suite 1502
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-4545 Phone
(215) 762-1470 Fax

Coordinator: Sandy Saldan
(215) 762-45450 Phone
(215) 762-1470 Fax

To discuss site options, please call Dr. Cullen or Ms. Saldan at the numbers listed above.

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Goals and Objectives

The goals of this pathway are:

A. To allow students to develop clinical skills and achieve knowledge in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in related fields of potential importance to their training

B. To provide specialty-specific pre-residency training in Ob/Gyn along with offering a broad-based medical education.

C. To provide a structured system to support students in their OB/GYN career decision-making.

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Description of Pathway

Obstetrics and Gynecology Pathway

The fourth-year student who has chosen the discipline-based pathway in Obstetrics and Gynecology is required to take the following courses as part of the fourth-year core curriculum:
Required Medicine Subinternship
Required Neurology Clerkship
One rotation from the Discipline-based Pathway list below:
     - Ob/Gyn Subinternship
     - Ob or Gyn Subinternship
     - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
     - Gynecologic Oncology
     - Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Electives for the Ob/Gyn Discipline-Based Pathway
In addition to the required core curriculum, the student is strongly recommended to choose four additional electives in the following categories:

Medical Intensive Care Unit
Emergency Medicine
· Anesthesiology
Women's Health elective
Breast Health elective

· Ambulatory OB/Gyn
· General Surgery Sub-internship
Endocrinology (Medical)
Infectious Disease
Surgical Intensive Care Unit

The strongly recommended electives are useful for the student's preparation for their residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and should be viewed as important options in the fourth-year core curriculum. Students may elect to take more than one rotation in an Ob/Gyn field. It is recommended that no more than two in-specialty electives be chosen after careful consideration with and approval by the Pathway Director.

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

Standard textbooks are subdivided as follows for each subspecialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology and are generally recommended reading according to which subspecialty the student is taking:

For General Obstetrics:
Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies (5th Edition)
Gabbe, Niebyl and Simpson, Publisher: Churchill Livingstone

For General Gynecology:
Comprehensive Gynecology (5th Edition)
Katz, Lentz, Lobo, and Gershenson, Publisher: Mosby

For Maternal/Fetal Medicine:
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Principles and Practice (6th Edition)
Creasy and Resnik, Publisher: Saunders Elsevier

For Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility:
Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility (7th Edition)
Speroff and Fritz, Publisher: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins

For Gynecologic Oncology:
Clinical Gynecologic Oncology (5th Edition)
DiSaia and Creasman, Publisher: Mosby

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The fourth-year student is evaluated on his/her clinical performance during the rotation. Some electives or sub-internships may have additional requirements, such as a clinical case presentation, written examination, or written dissertation on a pre-selected topic in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Away electives may also have additional prerequisites and the student should ensure that these requirements are completed.

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Revised 08/18/2017  -- Specific questions or comments about the content of this page may be directed to the Division of Clinical Education