Student Experience

Depending on the preceptor's schedule, students will take part in seeing pregnant women as well as patients who come in for annual wellness exams, referrals from outside providers for such issues as heavy periods, pelvic pain, contraception, infertility, menopausal symptoms or hormone replacement therapy, pelvic organ prolapse, bladder prolapse, and urinary incontinence. 

An example of a typical week for a student would be: Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays - student sees patients in clinic with preceptor, takes part in history and physical exams, procedures such as IUD insertions, EMBs, pap smears, colposcopies, vulvar or vaginal biopses, nexplanon insertions etc. Students will aslo see OB patients and assist with obtaining fetal heart tones and assist in NSTs that are performed in clinic with the RN. Tuesday mornings - students will actively participate in surgical cases, diagnostic/operative laparoscopies, LAVH/BSO, Anterior/Posterior repairs, Suburethral slings, D&Cs, Endometrial Ablations, Abdominal/Vaginal Hysterectomies, Laparotomies, Tubal ligations, etc. Tuesday afternoon and Thursday - students will attend clinic with MFM and learn how to interpret ultrasounds and also learn about the MFM subspecialty.

Students will participate in rounding on patients in labor, attend deliveries, and also see patients postpartum. Students will see consults with their preceptor in the ER when the preceptor is on call and learn how consultations are performed.

Students will have the opportunity to see how NSTs are performed and evaluated in clinic. They will also have the opportunity, if interested, in spending time with the lactation consultant and learn about common issues with breastfeeding and how mothers are counselled and helped.

Credentialing Information

All students completing clinical clerkships that take place in part or in whole at Saint Alphonsus are expected to complete and return required student credentialing items directly to Saint Alphonsus no later than 30 days prior to the clerkship start date. Late or incomplete items will not be accepted.

Students should visit https://www.saintalphonsus.org/graduate-medical-education for credentialing documents. Students should complete and return ALL required items directly to Dana Fullmer, Graduate Medical Education Coordinator via email (Dana.Fullmer@saintalphonsus.org) or fax (208-367-2692) prior to the start of their rotation. The following forms are required:

  • Letter of Good Standing (LOGS)
  • Rotation Paperwork (Idaho WWAMI will collect Supervising Provider's Signature, please leave blank), Network Access Agreement (Idaho WWAMI will collect Employer's Signature, please leave blank), Orientation Acknowledgment (last page of Student Manual)
  • Influenza vaccination verification if rotating between November 1 - March 31

Didactics

Didactic teaching will be conducted in the clinic setting primarily related to the patients being seen. Grand Rounds are available twice weekly in Boise, but not in Nampa. OB Department meetings are held quarterly and students present may attend.

Orientation

Students should anticipate joining virtual clerkship orientation at 8:30am Pacific Time on the first day of the clerkship. Link to orientation will be sent to students approximately one week prior to orientation.

Transportation & Housing

Student housing and travel is provided for required and Advanced Patient Care eligible clerkships only. For this required clinical clerkship students will be contacted by the Idaho WWAMI office at idwwami@uw.edu. Students are responsible for confirming whether they WILL or WILL NOT need to stay in the WWAMI medical student housing in a timely fashion. Prior to accessing the housing students are required to complete the necessary paperwork and provide a check for damage deposit.

The UW SoM WWAMI Student Travel web site is managed by the GoWWAMI team and is the best resource for students who have questions about travel and travel reimbursement.

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for this clerkship.