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Educational functions of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Medicine Rockford mirror the mission of the College: education, research and service. Each of these focus on providing the latest in knowledge and skills to medical students and residents in the OB/GYN specialty.

This department takes pride in being a leading advocate for women’s health care.

Medical Student Education

The core Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship offers a six-week block immersion experience with community-based preceptors and faculty members from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The objective of our clerkship is to provide an educational experience that emphasizes the wide range of considerations in comprehensive reproductive health.

Students completing our clerkship will acquire and apply clinical knowledge and master the basic skills needed by all physicians who provide female reproductive healthcare. The curriculum promotes understanding of a variety of core concepts through the care of people with various obstetric and gynecologic problems, including, but not limited to, normal- and high-risk pregnancies, pregnancy loss and infertility, gynecologic endocrine abnormalities, infections, menstrual concerns, pelvic pain, and neoplastic problems. There is also focus on family planning and management of concerns in the psychosexual sphere.

During their time on the obstetric service, students rotate in prenatal clinics, labor and delivery, and the antepartum/postpartum wards. Weeks on gynecology are spent with the gynecologic ambulatory and surgical services.

Residency Training

The Structured Training for Rural Enhancement of Community Health in Obstetrics (STRETCH-OB) is a track within our Family Medicine Residency Program for residents who are committed to providing obstetrics in a rural or underserved community.