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Why Attend Medical School at The Ohio State University?

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, founded in 1914, is known for curricular innovation. This reputation has garnered us respect from our graduates and peers and placed us among the nation’s leading medical programs.
Our students are part of one of the largest comprehensive academic medical centers in the United States, making our campus a prime place to learn and practice.

‘Lead, Serve, Inspire’

Our “Lead, Serve, Inspire” (LSI) curriculum prepares tomorrow’s physicians to deliver the highest quality of care to a diverse population of patients.
Presented as a three-part, four-year experience, the LSI curriculum fully integrates foundational and clinical science throughout the four-year period.
Our students gain hands-on experience early in the program through a longitudinal, practice-based clinical service that offers opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to actual patient situations.
A team-based environment emphasizing self-directed learning with multiple assessment methods provides our students with individualized learning opportunities, while producing standardized outcomes.
Our goal is to ensure that all students are prepared to excel in their chosen postgraduate residency programs and move on to their areas of specialization and physician practices.

Third-Year Medical Students: Transitioning to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Students transition to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology during their third year, a period also known as the clinical clerkship.
For six weeks, our students spend an equal amount of time among the divisions of obstetrics, oncology and gynecology.
Our students may select from the following locations for the entire six weeks:

Introduction to Obstetrics

Our students learn about the birth process by attending antepartum and postpartum clinics. Students are assigned prenatal patients, whom they regularly examine, and, in many cases, care for during labor and perform delivery under supervision of an instructor.
Didactic lecture programs are supplemented by smaller group sessions, where critical thinking and applied specialty-oriented problem solving is practiced in a preceptor fashion with practitioners in obstetrics and gynecology.
Teaching rounds are held daily, along with interdisciplinary conferences with pediatrics, pathology, endocrinology, radiotherapy and anesthesia.

Introduction to Gynecology

Our students learn about the care and management of gynecologic patients. Students have an opportunity to examine and diagnose gynecologic disorders under the supervision of a faculty member and assist in operative procedures. Students also have an opportunity to learn pelvic and breast examination skills from trained teaching associates. Students practice exam skills and feedback is provided during this required session.

Introduction to Oncology

Fundamentals of cancer detection and therapy are stressed while on the oncology service. Also stressed is the day-to-day caring of critically ill cancer patients both in the hospital and in the outpatient clinic setting. Each week students are required to attend the Tumor Board, an interdisciplinary conference where treatment planning is discussed.

Elective in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ohio State University medical students interested in an elective in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, please access the College of Medicine Course Catalog.

Visiting Medical Students

Visiting medical students who would like to complete an elective in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, please visit the College of Medicine Website to review the course catalog and the application process.
For more information
Dawn Watson
Education Manager
395 W. 12th Ave 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 293-8509
Clerkship Director:
Wanjiku Musindi, MD
395 W. 12th Ave 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43210