Welcome from the
Undergraduate Program Director
Welcome to the Undergraduate and Clerkship Programs of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's University. The curriculum consists predominantly of Clerkship Rotations and Phase
IIE, a 4-month course held in the fall of the third year of the medical school curriculum. Reproduction is combined in Phase IIE with endocrinology, gastroenterology and Medicine in Society.
Our Undergraduate Committee consists of:
For General Program Information please contact:
During this IIE time, students have whole class sessions covering
the objectives outlined by the
Association of Academic Professionals of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada
The same objectives are used for Core OB/GYN rotations during
Clerkship. Phase IIE also consists of expanded clinical skill
opportunities. Traditionally these have been assignments as
observers on Labour & Delivery and in our Clinics.
We also offer a session for every student during Phase IIE when they
learn how to perform a pelvic examination.
For this they work with women in our community
("Gynaecological Teaching Associates") and the opportunity is a
practical learning experience.
Our Core Clerkship rotation is a 5-6 week block.
The block is divided into two components:
inpatient obstetrics and inpatient gynaecology.
Ambulatory clinics will be attended throughout the rotation.
Evaluation consists of feedback from the
residents and from "encounter forms" on every student
submitted frequently by staff and residents throughout the
The Undergraduate Committee meets to discuss each student's
performance. A written examination is taken during the last
week, which is comprised of multiple choice questions and
a structured oral exam.
There is a Clerkship Orientation booklet that
students receive on the first day of their rotation, and the
entire morning of the first day of the rotation is reserved for
Finally, it is our hope that you will enjoy your time spent
during these aspects of your undergraduate curriculum in our
department. We hope to inspire many of you to consider a career
in OB/GYN. We are fully aware that occasionally students who
would otherwise consider becoming an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
are discouraged by discussions about medical/legal problems and
lifestyle issues within our discipline. To try to correct any
misconceptions and provide you with accurate information and
understanding so that you can make an informed choice in your
career pursuit, we invite you on an annual basis to an Open
House Career Night held by our Department.
OPEN HOUSE CAREER NIGHT
Our Faculty members will be in attendance as well as a
few of the residents. Some brief presentations will be made but
most of the time will be spent informally so that you can
approach any department member and ask questions and clarify
Looking forward to meeting you!
Dr. Richard Thomas
Undergraduate Clerkship Director