Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship Oakland
A Note to 2020 Applicants
Covid Pandemic Update
Every student and program across the country has been impacted by the current Covid-19 pandemic. We recognize the disparities created for students due to the pandemic impact in their local community. Based on the recommendation by the Coalition for Physician Accountability, we made the difficult decision to not host sub-interns this academic year (2020-2021). The decision was not made lightly. We know this negatively impacts students who desired to rotate with us to get to know our program, faculty and residents. We want to prioritize keeping students safe and our commitment to an equitable recruitment season.
Applications are only accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). To be considered for an interview, applicants are strongly encouraged to have the following uploaded to ERAS by Sunday, November 1, 2020: personal statement, CV, medical school transcript, USMLE transcript, MSPE and letters of recommendation from at least two clinical faculty. Due to the desire to not worsen disparities for students or programs during the pandemic, we will be hosting virtual interviews this season. Applicants will be invited for interviews on Tuesday November 10th. If we do not hear back from an applicant after 48 hours, we will offer that interview spot to another applicant. We plan to interview November 19, 2020 through January 2021. Our specific dates are being finalized in conjunction with other programs at our institution.
Traditionally, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kaiser Oakland sponsors a one-month clinical sub-internship for two fourth-year medical student each month from August through January of each academic year.
The sub-intern’s schedule begins on the 1st Monday of the month and runs for four weeks. We are aware that student schedules may be on different tracks and the start date has a small amount of flexibility. After an applicant has been approved by the Obstetrics/Gynecology Assistant Program Director (APD) and all required documents have been received (i.e., application, immunization record sheet, transcript, and Boards score), the APD notifies the student and confirms the elective. The student will then receive the remaining documents prior to his/her first day of the sub-internship with instructions.
Our sub-internship is designed for students who have already completed a basic core Ob/Gyn rotation. Care is taken to expose the student to all areas of Ob/Gyn and any interesting patients present during the rotation. A schedule for the month will be given to the sub-intern on the first day of the rotation. Every effort will be made to accommodate special requests. The sub-intern is expected to take 2-3 overnight calls (including one weekend 24-hour shift) and is excused after Teaching Rounds the next day.
The sub-intern will be an integral part of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Team, responsible for performing patient work-ups, making pre-and post-operative and post-partum rounds, and scrubbing on gynecological surgical cases and cesarean sections – all under the close supervision of the staff and senior residents. It is the sub-intern’s responsibility to actively read about specific patient conditions and to make sure that all notes and orders are co-signed by a senior resident or attending physician.
During the clinical clerkship, the sub-intern will be expected to give an evidence-based medicine presentation on an obstetric or gynecologic topic of his/her choice. This presentation is given during noon conference which is attended by the residents, medical students and faculty. Attendance at all resident teaching rounds and conferences is expected. The Chief Resident of the Obstetric or Gynecology Service will be responsible for the student’s daily assignments.
Liability, health insurance, and housing arrangements are the student’s responsibility. We expect committed students who are applying for an obstetrics and gynecology residency. All cancellations must be made more than 2 months prior to the scheduled start date.
For More Information
To apply for a sub-internship, or for further questions, please contact:
When applying for a clerkship at Kaiser Oakland’s OB/GYN program, interested medical students should complete and submit the clerkship application through VSAS.
For general information and frequently asked questions, please see General Policies and Information.
For information about our summer research program for medical students after their first year of medical school – the Summer Clinical Otolayrngology/Obstetrics & Gynecology REsearch (SCORE) Program, visit our website.
Please apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).
Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkships San Francisco
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in San Francisco offers two sub-internships for fourth-year medical students in Gynecology and High-Risk Obstetrics. Rotations are usually based on a calendar month, though some flexibility may be permitted to align with individual medical school blocks.
Each sub-internship provides well-rounded clinical experience for fourth-year students with close faculty and resident interaction. The student will see a wide variety of clinical problems and participate in the active teaching program. The sub-interns will also work with third-year medical students from UCSF who rotate in San Francisco for their Ob/Gyn clerkship.
At this time all sub-internship rotations for the 2021-22 academic year are contingent on the recommendations made by the Coalition for Physician Accountability and the current local situation surrounding COVID-19. These rotations are therefore subject to change.
The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training issued updated recommendations on Away Rotations for Medical Education Institutions of LCME®-Accredited, U.S. Osteopathic, and Non-U.S. Medical School Applicants on January 25, 2021.
Based on these recommendations we are currently following the timeline set forth in the Coalition guidance:
- We will begin accepting Medical Student applications for sub-internships on April 15 for in-person rotations that start on or after August 1, 2021.
- We will begin processing incoming applications on May 1, 2021.
- We will be offering sub-internship rotations from August to December 2021.
We will plan to follow Department of Public Health as well as internal guidelines in place at the time of the visiting student’s rotation, which could require COVID testing and/or quarantine upon arrival from outside the San Francisco Bay Area.
High Risk OB Sub-Internship
The High-Risk OB sub-internship combines both outpatient and inpatient experiences. Students will have an intensive exposure to the care of complicated in-patient antepartum patients, as well as out-patient high risk obstetrics. The sub-intern will work as a member of the Ob Service in providing care to the busy antepartum service, including daily clinical and teaching rounds with the resident team and MFM on service. The sub-intern will also have significant time with the MFM faculty in the ambulatory setting: attending high risk obstetric clinics, including diabetes clinic; prenatal diagnostic clinics, including invasive procedures; genetic counseling; and ultrasound clinics for targeted anatomy imaging.
Each student will have hospital duties from Monday through Friday. There will be no required night call or weekend responsibility.
At the end of the clinical clerkship, the student will be expected to make a 50-minute presentation on an obstetric topic of their choice at a small group lunch meeting to select faculty and residents. Attendance to protected resident teaching and all gynecologic resident teaching rounds and conferences is expected. The MFM on service and the Chief Resident for the Obstetrical Service will be responsible for the student’s daily assignments. Dr. Kirsten Salmeen is the faculty director for the sub-internship, she provides faculty mentorship and is responsible for the rotational evaluation.
The GYN sub-internship is primarily an in-patient clinical experience. There is in-depth exposure to gyn-oncology, urogynecology, benign operative gynecology, and acute care gynecology (through Emergency Department consultations). The sub-intern will be an integral part of the Benign Gynecology and Gyn-Oncology Teams, responsible for performing patient work ups, making pre-and post-operative rounds, and scrubbing on gynecological surgical cases – all under the close supervision of the faculty, fellows and senior residents on the Gynecologic Services.
Each student will have hospital duties from Monday through Friday. There will be no required night call or weekend responsibility.
At the end of the clinical clerkship, the student will be expected to make a 50-minute presentation on a gynecologic topic of their choice at a small group lunch meeting to select faculty and residents. Attendance to protected resident teaching and all gynecologic resident teaching rounds and conferences is expected. The Chief Resident for the Gynecology Service will be responsible for the student’s daily assignments. Dr. Erica Weiss is the faculty director for the sub-internship, she provides faculty mentorship and is responsible for the rotational evaluation.
Applications will be reviewed only after all required documents have been submitted (i.e., application, immunization record sheet, transcript, and Boards score). After an applicant has been approved, the Medical Education Office will notify the student and confirm the sub-internship dates. The student will receive the remaining documents prior to their first day of the clerkship.
Liability, health insurance, and housing arrangements, are the student’s responsibilities. Lunches are provided on weekdays. All cancellations must be more than 2 months prior to the scheduled start date.
2020-2021 Sub-Internships: Please apply through VSAS.
PLEASE NOTE: the process for selection of sub-interns is separate from the selection process for interviews to our residency training program. The VSAS application is much less robust than the application on ERAS used to apply for residency programs.
If you have questions about rotating, contact Victoria McManimen, U/GME Coordinator at (415) 833-5614 or email her at Victoria.D.McManimen@kp.org.
For more information, please see General Policies and Information.
Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship Santa Clara
Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center is a major teaching hospital for rotating Stanford medical students. In addition to providing a core Ob/Gyn clerkship, we also offer an organized curriculum for training senior medical students in Obstetrics and Gynecology. There will be two positions available in General Ob/Gyn per clerkship period.
Clerkship periods are 4 weeks long. The schedule is designed for students who have already completed a basic core Ob/Gyn clerkship. Care is taken to maximally expose the student to all areas of Ob/Gyn and all interesting patients present during the clerkship. A schedule will be given to the Acting Intern on the first day of the rotation. Every effort will be made to accommodate special requests. The Acting Intern is expected to take 3 overnight calls, including one weekend day, and is excused after Teaching Rounds the next day.
The Acting Intern will be given increasing levels of responsibility as competence is demonstrated. The ultimate responsibility for patient care remains with the residents and attending physicians. It is the Acting Intern’s responsibility to actively read about specific patient conditions and to make sure that all notes are co-signed by a resident or attending physician.
The Acting Intern will attend Thursday morning didactic sessions, including the 7:30am resident case presentation. All clinical responsibilities will be excused during this time period.
We are an enthusiastic group, committed to teaching and learning in a friendly and supportive environment. We look forward to having you as a member of our Department.
General Ob/Gyn Acting Internship
- Gynecology – 2 weeks
The Acting Intern will be an integral member of the Gyn team, and will be exposed to pre-operative evaluation, intra-operative management, and post-operative care. The Chief Resident will assign topics for presentation at rounds and surgical cases, including benign and oncology cases. Daily notes on all patients which the Acting Intern was involved need to be completed and presented to the resident before 7:30am Teaching Rounds.
- Obstetrics – 2 weeks
The Acting Intern, along with the OB team Intern, and other rotating Stanford medical students are responsible for all seeing normal postpartum patients each morning before 8am, with supervision of the TDOC (Teaching Attending). In addition, depending on the Acting Intern interest, the Chief Resident will assign high-risk patients to be seen with the Chief Resident. Daily Teaching Round with the perinatologist begins at 8am, during which all antenatal and other high-risk patients are discussed and obstetrical topics are presented.
During the 4-week clerkship, you will also be assigned to ambulatory clinics with the residents as well as attending physicians.
- No clerkships will be scheduled for the months of February, March, April, May and June each academic year.
- Applications must be submitted no less than four weeks prior to requested start date. No changes within four weeks before your scheduled start date.
Requesting a Clerkship at Santa Clara
If you are a U.S. medical student you will apply through VSAS. VSAS will open for accepting applications starting the third week of April each academic year.
If you are an international medical student you will apply using our one page 4th Year Medical Student Clerkship Application found below. If you are using our application please be sure to send in all required documents listed at the bottom of the form as soon as possible. Your application will not be considered complete until these required documents have been received.
For more information and frequently asked questions, please see General Policies and Information.
For information more regarding clerkships at Santa Clara, please contact Susan Krause, GME Coordinator at 408-851-3836 or email@example.com.