OB-GYN Clerkship Survival Guide


Three 2 week blocks.

  • 2 Inpatient GYN rotation (St. Joe's or Crouse/Upstate)—more OR time at St. Joe's OB rotation at Crouse
  • Outpatient UHCC, POB

Sign-in for all lectures (attendance can affect your grade). Noon student seminars and 4:30 pm lectures. Grand Rounds & Meeting with Dr. Karim on Fridays 7:30-11 AM. Endocrinology conference at noon on Thursdays (sometimes, FREE lunch).


  • Shelf Exam (30%)
  • Topic Report (15%) - approx. 15 pages in length - Dr. Karim assigns the topic. Keep in mind that Dr. Karim considers the topic report very important!
  • OB Rotation (25%)
  • GYN Rotation (25%)
  • Class Participation (5%)
  • Seminar (Pass/Fail) - 20 minutes - topics are provided Outpatient Rotation (Pass/Fail)


OB: average of 3 overnight calls in 2 weeks. Overnight weekday call is from 5PM to 6AM the next day. Pre-round & Round post-call day, then day off. Weekend call is 7AM-7PM or 7PM- 7AM.

GYN: average of 3 calls in 2 weeks. Call nights until 11:00 PM but must work post-call day. Weekend call is 7AM-7PM or 7PM -7AM. In general, usually leave earlier than stated time for GYN calls. St. Joseph's for GYN—ask your resident (2 students per rotation).


OB: For the morning, see patients and write SOAP note using outline given in syllabus. Then, morning signout with attending at 7:30 AM (just listen).

GYN: Write SOAP note on post-surgical patients around 6:30 AM and then present the overnight findings to team at morning signout around 6:45 AM.

Typical Day

OB: admit and follow patients, write notes based on outline given in syllabus, and assist in delivery.

GYN: After morning signout, read about the day's surgery before going to OR. If early surgery, see patient 4 hours post-surgery to write a brief post-op SOAP note.

(in all circumstances, lectures take priority over floor work)

Outpatient: 8AM-5 PM - see patients in various offices

Ambrish Patel, Class of 2011, Carteret, NJ

Ambrish Patel, Class of 2011, Carteret, NJ

"First year was tough, a little harder than I expected. The faculty here are understanding and they know we are overwhelmed with material. They try their best to accommodate us.

"Second year, it's like, 'Wow, I'm in med school!' There's more material to learn, but with the passing of each unit, you're that much closer to your clinical years.

"I've talked with friends at other med schools, and it's the same all over for second-years. A lot of work, but there's light at the end of the tunnel."