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1.3 Community Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotations with Dr. James Gomez

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1.3 Community Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotations with Dr. James Gomez
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Dr. Gomez discusses proper mentorship as the key to preparing students for sensitive and specific patient care in Obstetrics and GynecologyĀ 

Dr. James Gomez is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Chicago area and has been a clinical educator for over 10 years. As a community physician, he handles both in-clinic patients and prenatal care as well as hospital deliveries and surgeries. This specialty uniquely borders between primary care, surgery, and other subspecialties depending on each physicianā€™s scope of practice.

Preceptors in OBGYN (OB/GYN) often have a particularly sensitive population and special care is often needed when preparing students for their patients. They must also assess their students for their level of knowledge and interest in order to best plan how to approach the individual’s clinical education. Proper mentorship is key. Gaining the respect of oneā€™s students is never a bad idea, and being too strict is unnecessary. However, Dr. Gomez cautions that boundaries must be set between the student and preceptor in order to keep a professional and proper learning environment.

Medical students are required to participate in several weeks of clinical education in OBGYN for their core rotations. They may also choose to gain more experience in OBGYN during their elective rotations. Students that show an interest in the topics and patients likely to present in this clinical setting are likely to be more involved and gain the attention of their preceptor. A student is expected to gain basic ultrasound technical skills, read the US monitor, monitor lab and hormone changes, and follow these assessments to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Key takeaways:

It has to make sense. Not all lab results and patient’s signs or symptoms add up to the typical case. Atypical presentations are much more common in the clinic than on the boards.

Develop a preceptor-student bond and get on the same page. The relationship between clinical preceptor and student may be strained and distant or maybe inappropriately close. Make sure to foster a healthy learning environment.

Be active with your education. Forcing a preceptor to repeat his/herself multiple times may demonstrate a lack of interest by the student and strain the rest of the medical externship.

Note: All summaries are host interpretations and are not intended to reflect direct statements made by guests or mentioned associations.

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Podcast Host

Chase is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.Dcandidate. He is the Founder and educator at MedEd University, which he began in 2014 to consolidate free educational resources for his classmates. He is the host of the Medical Mnemonist Podcast, creator of several medical education platforms, and is the CEO of FindARotation.

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