OB/GYN Rotations

Program Info & Resources

Offered during the months of August through October, our program has "custom-made" 4th year electives for medical students, including Obstetrical Triage and Intrapartum Care and Masters of Gynecologic Surgery. Each of these electives has been tailored to the level of a M4 and provides an educational experience to prepare the future OBGYN resident.

Complete the application and confidentiality statement and submit with CV, USMLE and/or COMLEX scores, a letter of good standing and malpractice coverage from your medical school,and a cover letter describing your learning interest in OBGYN and our program. The deadline for submitting applications is April 15th prior to the Summer/Fall rotation opportunities.

For further information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Anne FitzWilliam, at 314-251-6826 or by email at [email protected].

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Service at Mercy Hospital - St. Louis supports the large, general obstetrical service. Resident physicians work with the maternal-fetal medicine specialists to provide care to high risk obstetrical patients throughout all four years of residency. Management of critically ill pregnant patients including diabetes, hypertension, maternal heart disease, and asthma provide excellent teaching opportunities for residents. Residents also will have the opportunity to care for patients with common obstetrical complications including pre-eclampsia, preterm labor, and premature rupture of membranes.


Residents are formally trained in the performance of ultrasound through the Perinatal Center as well as bedside instruction in Labor and Delivery by the maternal-fetal medicine specialists. They also participate in invasive procedures including amniocentesis, intravenous transfusion therapy for isoimmunization, delivery of high order multiples including a twins, triplets, and on occasion quadruplets. Close interaction with the maternal-fetal medicine staff and direct care of these patients allows the resident physicians to develop skill in caring for critically ill gravid patients.


Fourth year electives are available for visiting student physicians.

The John F. Kennedy (JFK) Clinic is a resident-run clinic located on campus that offers a wide cultural, social, and economic patient mix. Each resident spends one half day per week in Continuity of Care Clinic. Each clinic day is attended by a generalist in the field of obstetrics and gynecology and residents attend the same clinic day with the same attending throughout the entire four years of training. The clinic experience provides an opportunity for residents to manage both simple and complex obstetrics and gynecology problems in a supportive environment. The JFK Clinic offers an invaluable education for the residents as they follow their obstetrical patients from conception to delivery and follow their gynecology patients through presentation to either medical or surgical treatment. Procedures taught within the clinic include endometrial sampling, colposcopy and LEEP procedures, and bedside ultrasound for pregnancy as well as gynecological concerns.

For eight weeks of the third year and four weeks of the second year, the residents are on a dedicated Gynecological Oncology service. Working with gynecologic oncologists, residents experience office practice as well as operative surgical experience. They are responsible for office evaluation, preoperative and postoperative care, and participate in the surgery of patients with gynecologic malignancies.  Residents rapidly advance their surgical skills during intense surgical experience with complex cases. One-on-one instruction with the attending is highly regarded as one of the outstanding features of this rotation.


The breadth and depth of Gynecological Oncology is offered on this stimulating rotation. Cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer are well represented. Additionally more rare problems including gestational trophoblastic disease and fallopian cancer are seen.   Residents are also given instruction in radiation therapy, outpatient chemotherapy, as well as the complications that can accompany surgery in oncologic patients. Additionally, the Gynecological Oncology Service participates in surgically difficult benign cases and occasional obstetrical emergencies.  Gynecologic oncologists instructs resident physicians in colposcopy in the JFK Colposcopy Clinic. They are also exposed to the principles of colposcopy in the oncologist's own office.


This challenging rotation is widely regarded by the resident staff as a critical step in their understanding of the care of complicated surgical patients.


Fourth year electives are available for visiting student physicians.

In both the second and third year, a 5 week rotation in Urogynecology is provided. Residents work daily under the direction of a urogynecologist. Techniques of vaginal reconstruction, bladder neck suspension, correction for urinary and rectal incontinence comprise the fundamentals of this rotation. Residents have the opportunity to participate in an office evaluation weekly including formal urodynamic studies as well as participating in surgery for these patients.


Highly regarded as one of the outstanding rotations at Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, many residents elect to take their fourth year elective time and further hone their vaginal operative skills in this rotation.


Fourth year electives are available for visiting student physicians.

The Reproductive Endocrinology rotation occurs in both the second and third year. A five week rotation in the second year serves as an introduction to the principles of eliciting a reproductive history, first exposure to techniques of ovulation induction as well as surgical correction for infertility and evaluation of patients with endocrinopathy. A follow up five week rotation occurs in the third year for which the residents again have exposure to the evaluation of infertility and the different modalities that are available to these couples.


Led by reproductive endocrinologists, teaching includes insemination, ovulation induction with oral and injectable gonadotrophins, and in vitro fertilization. Additionally, residents are trained in ultrasound for follicle development and confirmation of ovulation, diagnosis of and management of ectopic treatment both medically and surgically, and the psychosocial issues that often accompany the diagnosis of infertility. The scope of surgery in this rotation includes management of uterine myoma both laparoscopically and through laparotomy, laparoscopic laser ablation, and microsurgical techniques.