Medical Students

Welcome to the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department

Applications Phase (MD-720 Gynecology and Obstetrics Clerkship)
This six-week clerkship is divided into rotations in labor and delivery, gynecology, and outpatient experience. Students are involved in all aspects of patient care. They are responsible for making rounds and writing notes under the supervision of attendings and the house staff, and participating in assigned clinics and in activities in operating and delivery rooms.  In addition to this clinical experience, there is a structured didactic curriculum that includes departmental weekly conferences, skills practicum, lectures, and web based instruction.  Clerkship Roles and Responsibilities and schedules are posted in Canvas (

Discovery Phase.  The Discovery Phase of the medical curriculum follows the Applications Phase, and is a five month block providing medical students the opportunity to conduct hypothesis-driven research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor.  While the project may draw from a wide variety of areas, it must involve both medicine and the discovery or research process. 

Students are encouraged to develop and pursue original research ideas; faculty can help coordinate the best mentor for the project.  Also, faculty in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics offer opportunities for students interested in the exciting field of reproductive medicine and women’s health.  Opportunities are discussed at the Fall Meet and Greet and Discovery Phase Fair each year.  Please contact faculty members for further information regarding project ideas that interest you.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Goedken for further information, help in coordinating a mentor, or with any questions.  For full information regarding the Discovery Phase, projects of interest, and the process for submission of project ideas, please see the SOM Discovery Phase web site.

Senior Electives
The following electives are offered in the Gyn Ob Department for Emory and senior visiting students. Descriptions for each are posted on the Emory Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs (OMESA) web site. To register for the electives please see instructions at the OMESA site for prospective students (

Participating in an elective does not guarantee an interview for a residency position in our department.  An independent committee uses an objective scoring system based on set criteria for granting interviews to the highest scoring applicants.

  • GO1 Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Gynecologic Surgery and Gynecologic Oncology
  • GO2 High Risk Obstetrics
  • GO3 Labor & Delivery
  • GO5 Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • GO6 Urogynecology - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • GO7 General Obstetrics and Gynecology
Additional activities include the following:

Watch a Delivery
First and Second year Emory Medical Students interested in ob gyn are eligible to participate in the Watch a Delivery program each Fall.  A student coordinator sends available dates to the students for registration. 

Student Meet and Greet Events
Emory medical students are invited twice a year in the spring and fall to the department's Meet and Greet events.  The Spring Meet and Greet, for students who are interested in applying for residency in ob gyn, features nuts and bolts discussions of the application and interview processes.  The Fall Meet and Greet is geared toward students who are just beginning to be interested in the field.  Students meet with faculty and residents to discuss the many and varied career options in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.  The Discovery Phase Fair, featuring discussion of available research projects, takes place in conjunction with the Fall Meet and Greet.

Helpful Links
Emory University School of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine Discovery Phase
Canvas for reading material and lecture handouts (

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)

Additional web links may be found at Resources

General Information
For inquiries about the Clerkship or Electives please contact the Clerkship Coordinator.

For requests for information about the Residency Program please email: