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645B Ob/Gyn Emergency Room

This rotation is not accepting international students


Course Description:  The student will act as the initial contact with patients presenting to the Emergency Room with conditions such as threatened and incomplete abortion, ectopic pregnancy, acute abdominal pain, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic infectious processes. The student is expected to participate as a member of the gynecology team caring for gynecologic and urogynecologic patients at UC Irvine Medical Center under the supervision of the resident or attending faculty. The student will have the opportunity to evaluate patients that present to the gynecology clinic and emergency room with various disorders and participate in their diagnostic workup as well as their surgical therapy. Under the close supervision of the Ob/Gyn resident and attending faculty, the student will then be assigned to follow and present patients on rounds and will participate in several weekly teaching conferences within the division.

Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Prerequisite: UC Irvine students must have successfully completed their basic science curriculum and the Ob/Gyn Core Clerkship. Extramural students must be in the final year of undergraduate medical education.

Restrictions: This rotation is not accepting international students.

Elective Director: Carol A. Major  M.D., UC Irvine Medical Center, Department of Ob/Gyn, 101 The City Drive South, Building 22A, 3rd Floor, Orange, CA 92868 (714) 456-5616

Site Coordinator: Glenda Arciniega, UC Irvine Medical Center, Department of Ob/Gyn, 101 The City Drive South, Building 56, Suite 800, Orange, CA  92868 (714) 456-6707

Site: UC Irvine Medical Center

Instructing Faculty: Service Attendings, and Chief Resident

Course Website: None

Who to Report to on First Day: Glenda Arciniega

Location to Report on First Day: UC Irvine Medical Center, 101 The City Drive, South, Building 56, Suite 800, Department of Ob/Gyn Medical Education Office, Orange, Ca

Time to Report on First Day: 8:30 am

Periods Available: Throughout the year

Duration: 2 to 4 weeks

Number of Students: 1

Scheduling Coordinator:  UC Irvine students please email or call (714) 456-5176 to make a scheduling appointment. Please read the following information carefully. Any student enrolled at a U.S. LCME medical school will use VSAS to apply. To apply please refer to this website

Course Objectives: At the end of this rotations, the student will be ...

  • Capable of diagnosis and management of acute obstetrical and gynecologic emergencies
  • Capable of the diagnosis workup and management of gynecologic and urogynecologic disorders both in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Key Topics:

  • Abdominal, pelvic pain
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Obstetrical emergencies


  • Work-up abdominal, pelvic pain
  • Diagnosis abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Diagnosis and treatment pelvic organ prolapse and urinary and anal incontinence

Attitudes & Commitments:

  • Fundamentals and diagnosis of Ob/Gyn emergencies

Educational Activities: The student will participate in grand rounds, lectures and Gyn teaching rounds.

What Students Should do to Prepare for the Rotation: Review Ambulatory Ob/Gyn readings

Clinical Responsibilities of the Student: Initial evaluation of patients

Patient Care Responsibilities: Member of Gyn team, evaluation and treatment

Call Schedule of the Student: Voluntary with team

Procedures to be Learned by the Student: None

Percentage of Time Student will Participate in Ambulatory Setting: 90%

Conference/Lecture/Small Group Sessions: There are no standardized instructional material for this course, however, the student will participate in grand rounds, lectures and Gyn teaching rounds.

Course Hours Weekly Summary: Not Stated

Content Theme Integration:

  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Human Sexuality
  • Women's Health

Recommended Reading:

  • Farrell, RG (ed.): OB/GYN Emergencies: The first 60 minutes, Maryland: Aspen Publishers, 1986.
  • Friedman, EA (ed.): Gynecological Decision Making, Toronto: Philadelphia: BC Decker, Inc., 1991 (3rd ed.)

Official Grading Policy: The student will be graded with Honors/Pass/Fail.  The student's final grade will be submitted on the standard UC Irvine elective form.  The student will be evaluated by attendings and residents in the areas of clinical performance, reliability, evidence of initiative, general fund of knowledge, and ability to relate to patients, staff and colleagues.  If the student fails the elective a grade of "F" will be permanently recorded on his/her transcript.  The student can repeat the course for a second grade, however, the "F" will not be removed from the transcript.