Steven R. Allen, M.D.
The goal of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is to expand students' basic science knowledge of reproductive medicine to provide an introduction to those aspects of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health care that are pertinent to all physicians and that will enable them to provide primary health care to all female patients.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology adheres to the educational objectives put forth by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Student Educational Objectives, which represent a careful evaluation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that ideally would be acquired during an obstetrics and gynecology clerkship by all students, regardless of their choice of medical specialties.
In the first year, the fundamentals of the obstetric-gynecologic history and examination are taught as a portion of the physical diagnosis course conducted by the Department of Internal Medicine. The presentation utilizes lectures, audiovisual instruction, model patient examinations, and outpatient observation and examination.
During the second year, faculty members teach Introduction to Obstetrics and Gynecology. This course is designed to provide background material in normal obstetrics and gynecology, to relate clinical material to other courses offered in the first and second years, to introduce concepts of problem-based learning, and to serve as a foundation for the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship and electives in the third and fourth years.
A six-week clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology is presented during the third year. This clerkship introduces students to specific areas and disease processes of obstetrics and gynecology that are pertinent to all physicians. These rotations provide exposure to patients in the outpatient setting as well as in the hospital setting and include activities in labor and delivery and the operating room.
Several fourth-year electives in obstetrics and gynecology are offered. These electives are designed to improve the clinical acumen of students in recognizing the problems of obstetric-gynecologic patients as individuals, to further students' educational experiences in the clinical care of patients with subspecialty obstetric and gynecologic disorders, and to provide students with experiences that will enable those who are considering obstetrics and gynecology as a career to evaluate this decision as to its appropriateness. Fourth-year elective externships are individually designed to meet the needs of each student.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is actively involved in both basic science and clinical research, and many opportunities exist for student participation in research in any area of reproductive medicine including gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology including gamete and embryo research, urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery, high-risk obstetrics, women's health care and preventive medicine, and all areas of general obstetrics and gynecology.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Texas A&M Health Science Center - College of Medicine Scott & White Hospital
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508
Phone: (254) 724-2574
Fax: (254) 724-6317