Preclinical medical students are introduced to reproductive health during the Endocrinology, Reproduction, and Gastroenterology (EnRGI) block of the second year curriculum. The course will extend medical students’ knowledge of biomedical, clinical, and health systems sciences from previous courses to the endocrine, reproductive, and gastrointestinal systems. Integration of the three pillars (foundational science, clinical science and health system science) through active learning sessions will center their learning on the patient so that students can explain endocrine, reproductive, and gastrointestinal physiology, and pathophysiology in the context of patients’ lived experiences and interactions with our healthcare systems. The teaching is a mix of lecture and active learning sessions including peer teaching, patient panels, problem-based learning and team-based learning. All faculty members enjoy facilitating the team-based learning sessions that delve into the interface of basic and clinical reproduction knowledge in the the context of the health systems in which we work.
UC Davis medical students (year 1 and 2) who are interested in getting exposed to clinical OBGYN prior to their core clerkships are welcome to contact the OB-GYN specialty advisor, Melody Hou, M.D., contact information available on the specialty advisors list, for these opportunities. Students can shadow on Labor and Delivery and with our ambulatory OB-GYN clinics. Shadowing for college and high school students is on hiatus at this time.
The UC Davis Student-Run Free Clinics has been training UC Davis students in delivering primary care services while simultaneously improving access to care in underserved communities for more than 35 years. The seven clinics, serving several distinct patient populations, represent a program has been recognized nationally as an exemplary partnership between an academic medical center and the community. The clinics hold regular Women’s Clinics to address the unique needs of female patients regarding pap screening, breast cancer screening, and menstrual issues.