I recently finished my OB/GYN clerkship, and I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed my time! Initially, I would have never imagined a career in the field– I believed it was a field not suitable for male providers–but I was wrong. Because I thought I only had 6 weeks in this field, I would pursue it with undivided attention. And now I’m considering a sub-I in the field. Now it being a demanding clerkship (12 hr+ days), here are some thoughts I had about how to be successful in the clerkship:
- Take initiative and don’t be afraid to ask the dumb questions. I didn’t feel as if I was prepared by my 2nd-year coursework for this clerkship. And as a male, there was just a lot of factors that I would have never considered. So I asked my intern A LOT of questions no matter how naive they may seem.
- Prep for the OR. Read up on your patients beforehand. Get to know the procedures. Even if the attending doesn’t ask, start by asking questions to show that you can connect the content with the procedure. Because of that, I was able to do a lot more in the OR than I would have ever imagined. That and I was able to correct any misunderstandings in my knowledge. The worst case scenario is that an attending won’t answer your question.
- Do practice questions. Case files and UWISE are both very valuable resources to test yourself on throughout the clerkship. Do some between cases, and at the end of each day. Try to complete Case Files by the end of Week 3.
- For which week you are on–OB or GYN, read up First Aid for OB/GYN or your textbook both beforehand. Afterwards, skim it. I know that reading before gave me some knowledge that helped me with patients. Skimming it after helped me connect knowledge to particular patients.
Good luck with your own clerkships!