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Course Overview

The Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkships provides diverse experiences in women's health in a variety of primary and tertiary health care systems. Our primary goal is to cultivate student interest in the unique aspects of women's healthcare. The department's commitment in training includes providing them with the very best instruction in the technical aspects of the specialty. The department also strives to instill a spirit of compassion for women of all races and economic status.

The course curriculum has been adapted from a national curriculum developed by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). The eight-week course is divided into two four-week segments: Obstetrics and Gynecology. Clinical training is offered at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Tulane-Lakeside Hospital, The Ochsner Foundation Hospital, and Huey P. Long Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana. The clinical experience is supplemented by a series of lectures and small preceptor groups. Students are evaluated on their clinical performance by faculty and residents (50%) and on their fund of knowledge by taking the National Board of Medical Examiners Obstetrics and Gynecology Exam (50%). All students are assigned 4 weeks on a general OBGYN team. They will be responsible for both inpatient & outpatient experiences in Obstetrics & Gynecology- including Gyn surgeries, pre-operative & post-operative care, obstetrical patients-postpartum, laboring, and antepartum, and often outpatient clinics. The experiences vary depending on site assigned. Sites include: HPL, Tulane Lakeside, University Hospital, and various Community Preceptors.

Hospital Sites: University, Ochsner, HPLH, and Lakeside

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Goals and Objectives

APGO Medical Student Educational Objectives 8th Edition. This edition is designed to provide an organized and understandable set of objectives for all medical students, regardless of future specialty plans. The knowledge, skills and attitudes are intended to be both a resource for course design for faculty and clerkship directors, and a useful study guide for medical students.  Each educational objective is linked to the level of competence a student should be expected to achieve, the best methods of evaluation and the representative general competency as defined by the ACGME. 

At a minimum, we expect all of our students to master Priority 1 objectives (the essential elements are listed below) and be exposed to the majority of Priority 2 objectives and skills. These essential objectives and skills have been adapted from APGO and are summarized below:

  • Clinical skills in the medical interview and physical exam with attention to OB Gyn history and genitourinary examination
  • Collect and interpret cervical cytology result
  • Understand and be able to counsel women on  modern contraceptive technology
  • Differential diagnosis of the “acute abdomen” – pelvic infection, ectopic pregnancy, adnexal torsion, appendicitis, diverticulitis, renal calculi
  • Physiologic adjustments that accompany normal gestation, including effects on lab test results
  • Social and health policy aspect of women’s health, ethical issues, sterilization, abortion, domestic violence, adolescent pregnancy, access to health care, etc.
  • Menstrual cycle, normal and abnormal function, including menopause
  • Infertility
  • Intrapartum care and common problems in obstetrics
  • Breast health, including breastfeeding
  • Vaginal and vulvar disorders
  • Screening for reproductive cancers


Contact Information

Course/Clerkship Director


Department Chair

Cecilia Gambala, MD
Assistant Professor & Clerkship Director
School of Medicine
Room 4506
Office Hours: By appointment only
Office: 504-988-5217
Fax: 504-988-1846

Tracy Carrero
Clerkship Coordinator
School of Medicine
Room 4553
Office Hours:  M-F  8:30-5:00
Office: 504-988-3774
Fax: 504-988-1846


Gabriella Pridjian, MD
Professor & Chair
School of Medicine
Room 4549
Office Hours: By appointment only
Office: 504-988-2145
Fax:  504-988-2943

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5251