Reading Topics: Gynecology | Obstetrics

Reading is an essential complement to your clerkship learning experience. This will enable you to accomplish many of the behaviors listed above, and also prepare for the final examination. You are responsible for learning about each of the content areas in Gynecology and Obstetrics listed in this section. In order to get an "honors" in the clerkship, students will need to learn about every topic listed under the textbook section. Students may read about the topic from any source.

The recommended primary text is Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology 6th Edition 2013, Callahan TL, Caughey AB (shop). In addition, we suggest that you learn about contraception from Guide to Managing Contraception, 2013-2014, Hatcher et al, which is available for free download on iTunes, and also in the Reference section of this website. Although the Blueprints text is an excellent basic resource, I strongly encourage you to supplement your knowledge with other more in-depth reading from Gabbe's Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies and Stenchever's Comprehensive Gynecology.

Seattle area students  who plan to rent the Blueprints textbook (non-WWAMI site students only), should have $10.00 in cash or check payable to the University of Washington on the morning of orientation. Students are responsible for returning all rented books to the Clerkship Administrator no later than the last day of the clerkship.

The basic texts are furnished to WWAMI sites at no cost. In addition, other reference books are available at each site. All students are responsible for using provided books with care and consideration. All books MUST be returned to their proper location BEFORE leaving the site, including materials personally loaned to you by faculty at the site. Failure to return books is considered non-professional behavior and results in an Incomplete for the course until missing books are returned or replaced. Grades will also be reported as Incomplete if students leave outstanding bills (phone, etc) at the site without making payment arrangements with the appropriate site person.

Additional resources are listed below:

Additional Basic Texts

  1. Comprehensive Gynecology 4th Edition: 2002; Stenchever, et al ISBN:032301402X
  2. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies 4th Edition: 2001; Gabbe et al ISBN: 0443065721

Supplementary Texts Recommended for Reference (most are available at all sites)

  1. Atlas of Pelvic Surgery, 3rd ed. Wheeless, 1997
  2. Breast Feeding, 6th ed. Ruth Lawrence, 2005
  3. Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology & Infertility, Speroff, Fritz, 2004
  4. Clinical Gynecologic Oncology, 6th ed. DiSaia, Creasman, 2002
  5. Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, 7th ed. Ziggs, Freeman, Yaffe, 2005
  6. Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4th ed. Hacker, et al, 2004
  7. Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring, 3rd ed. Garite, 7th ed. Nageotte, 2003
  8. Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 5th ed. Creasy, Resnik, Iams, 2004
  9. Medical Complications During Pregnancy, 6th ed. Burrow, Duffy, Copel, 2004
  10. Novak's Gynecology, 13th ed. Berek, 2002
  11. Lange Q&A Obstetrics & Gynecology Review, 9th ed. Katz, et al, 2011
  12. Te Linde's Operative Gynecology, 9th ed. Rock, Jervis III, 2003
  13. Urogynecology, Lentz, 1999
  14. Williams Obstetrics, 22nd ed, Cunnigham, MacDonald, Gant, 2005

Reading is essential if you wish to do well on the final exam.

uWise Quizzes & Other APGO Resources

Students are encouraged to take advantage of uWise quizzes during their clerkship. There is a 100-question timed test available through uWise that we encourage all students to complete to aid in studying for the exam. 

In addition to uWise, APGO has interactive medical student educational objectives, as well as videos and teaching objectives. Please visit for more information. 

Clinics or Physician's Offices

You will be assigned to work in specific clinics or offices. Participating clinical faculty have reserved time to teach you. All assigned clinics are required. Prolonged and/or unexcused absences from the clerkship may require remedial make-up time or repetition of the clerkship.

In your office experience you will probably initially observe patient care, and as your skill and rapport increase, you will probably take a more active part. For your protection, all chart notes must be signed by a physician involved with the case.

NBME Self-Assessment

The NBME provides self-assessment services in the Clinical Mastery Series built to the same content specifications as the NBME clinical science subject examinations. The price is $20 and you will receive performance feedback immediately after completing a self-assessment. Please visit for more information.

Required Lectures for Seattle Area Sites

Students completing their clerkship in the Seattle-area (UW/HMC, KP Capitol Hill/Bellevue/Tacoma, Valley, Swedish, and Tacoma) are REQUIRED to attend weekly didactic sessions at the University of Washington every Wednesday. This lecture schedule is given to students at the Seattle Clerkship Orientation on the first day of the rotation. Students not in attendance will have a written professionalism issue noted in their final evaluation. Students post-call are excused from didactics only if they have notified the Clerkship Administrator before the didactics begin that day.

Online Core Lectures

OBGYN Online Modules are available here. Modules available are the pelvic exam and surgical videos, resident lectures, and student lectures. Student lectures include the following topics:

  • Evaluation & Management of Adnexal Masses
  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
  • Intrapartum FHR Monitoring
  • Management of Female Urinary Incontinence
  • Maternal Hemorrhage
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Preterm Labor and Delivery
  • Cervical Cancer Screening & Prevention

Older Core third year UWMC clerkship lectures are available through the UW Mediasite webpages and include such topics as:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases in Ob/Gyn
  • Menopause
  • DUB
  • Essential Concepts in Ob/Gyn
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Pesky Perinatal Infections
  • Antibiotics in Ob/Gyn
  • What's New in Female Contraception
  • A Taste of REI: PCOS, Infertility, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Evaluation and Management of Adnexal Masses
  • Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention
  • Reproductive Endocrinology: Puberty, Amenorrhea, Endometriosis
  • Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies

Additional lectures created by the Harborview faculty can be found here: