College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Gynecology Oncology Acting Internship

Title of Clerkship: Gynecology Oncology Acting Internship

Elective Year(s): Fourth-Year Elective

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: Cleveland Clinic Akron General – Akron, OH

Course Number: OBGY 731

Blocks Available: All

Number of Students/Block: 1

Faculty: Roberto Vargas, MD (Director) and Jason Knight, MD

Elective Description/Requirements: During this acting internship experience, students will be involved with the comprehensive care of gynecologic oncology patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Students will learn to obtain a complete history with emphasis on pertinent cancer risk factors and family history and perform a complete physical exam. The student will be involved with the peri- operative care of patients undergoing gynecologic oncology surgical procedures. Students will also prepare a brief literature review pertaining to a common GYN ONC clinical problem for presentation at GYN ONC conference.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Links to Core Competencies/Educational Course Objectives: At the end of this elective, the student will be able to:

  1. List the symptoms, physical findings, and diagnostic methods for patients with gynecologic cancers. (EPOs: PC-1)
  2. Describe the clinical manifestations and rationale for treatment options of gynecologic cancers. (EPOs: MK-4)
  3. Describe the risk factors for cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer and the appropriate indications for screening. (EPOs: MK-4, PC-1)
  4. Describe the management of patients with adnexal masses. (EPOs: PC-6)
  5. Describe the general mechanisms of action of different chemotherapeutic agents. (EPOs: MK-6)
  6. Describe appropriate preoperative evaluations for individual patients (appropriate imaging, lab tests, antibiotics, DVT prophylaxis, etc.).  (EPOs: PC-6)
  7. Describe postoperative management for diet, ambulation, urinary function, DVT prophylaxis, and wound care. (EPOs: PC-7)
  8. Recognize and describe the evaluation of postoperative complications. (EPOs: PC-7)
  9. Present daily patient updates include an assessment and management plan. (EPOs: IPC-2)
  10. Obtain a comprehensive history for patients presenting for gynecologic oncology care. (EPOs: PC-1)
  11. Perform a daily assessment and develop a plan for postoperative patients. (EPOs: PC-1)
  12. Discuss the appropriate workup and diagnosis of women with gynecologic malignancies. (EPOs: PC-7)
  13. Present a complete history, physical exams, differential diagnoses, and rationale for management plan. (EPOs: PC-1, IPC-1)
  14. Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. (EPOs: IPC-1)

Professionalism: UT/COM students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Educational Program Objectives and the current Educational Course Objectives for the Sponsoring Department.

Instructional Methods:

  1. Clinical experience, inpatient
  2. Patient presentation, learner
  3. Conferences – attend Grand Rounds, M&M, journal club, and applicable resident didactic teaching sessions.
  4. Independent learning (assigned readings)

Evaluation Methods:

  1. 1 Mid-Clerkship Formative Feedback Form
  2. Clinical documentation review (Completion of a minimum of 2 new patient history’s and physicals in RocketMed)
  3. Clinical performance (Preceptor evaluation(s))

Prerequisites: None

Clerkship Director: Catherine Van Hook, MD. 

Clerkship Coordinator: Tammy Brittian
Phone Number: 419-291-3122

Special Requirements: The maximum number of days approved for time off is 2 days during rotation. If additional time is needed, the request must be approved by the elective Director PRIOR to the start of the elective rotation.

ECC Approve
April 2024

Last Updated: 5/7/24