Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotation

This Clinical Clerkship in OB/GYN for the third year medical student is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the six-week experience, students will be assimilated into the health care delivery team at The Women’s Health Outpatient Center of Reading Hospital.

Goals and Focus

The students’ initial focus will be to become familiar with the physiologic changes of normal pregnancy and to achieve the basic skills of pelvic examination. Subsequently, students will assist in the delivery of prenatal care, the management of menstrual cycle aberrations, the provision of contraceptive needs, and the evaluation of the diversity of clinical problems and pelvic pathology facing the practicing OB/GYN physician.

Labor and Delivery

In the labor and delivery area, students will demonstrate skills in the active management of labor patients, including the performance of intrapartum pelvic exams and the interpretation of fetal monitor tracings. Under resident and staff supervision, students will participate actively in vaginal as well as cesarean deliveries. The student experience also includes a focused day on high-risk obstetrics and genetic counseling in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department.


The gynecologic portion of the rotation will provide an overview of gynecologic surgery. Students will observe and frequently participate in a wide variety of operative procedures. One week of the experience will focus on Gynecologic Oncology in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Additional gynecologic experience will include a day in the office of a private practitioner.

Students will also participate in focused days in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, colposcopy, urodynamics studies, and if desired by the student, an elective day of contraceptive technology at the Planned Parenthood Center of Berks County.

Conference Attendance

During the rotation, students will attend all daily CME and GME conferences. The students will also have regular student-directed didactics sessions provided by both residents and Faculty Associates under the aegis of Daniel X. Jiang, MD, Director of Clinical Clerkship and Peter Schnatz, DO, Director of the Residency Program.

Elective: Obstetrics in an Independent Academic Medical Center - Program Director: Peter F. Schnatz, DO

This course will expose the advanced student to full-time obstetrical perinatal experience in an independent academic medical center setting. Responsibility for the management of antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum cases in routine and high-risk pregnancies is included. Each student participates actively with residents and assumes responsibility commensurate with an advanced elective course. Pathophysiology of labor and delivery will be stressed.