Obstetrics & Gynecology

Undergraduate MD Program

The University of Alberta’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers undergraduate medical students a six-week clerkship rotation during their third year of study. Under the supervision of academic and clinical faculty members, students benefit from many opportunities to learn both in the classroom and through hands-on bedside clinical experience.

As a department with a strong clinical focus, we are dedicated to the education of competent and caring physicians. Clerkship goals are achieved through competencies in medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and practice-based learning.

Clinical rotations are undertaken at four affiliated hospitals in the Edmonton area: Royal Alexandra Hospital, Grey Nuns Hospital, Misericordia Hospital and Sturgeon Community Hospital.

Upon successful completion of the basic clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology, each student will be able to

  • Demonstrate skills in independent learning and critical thinking.
  • Obtain and record clearly a complete medical history, conduct a complete physical examination, and,
    • Identify normal and abnormal patterns (physical, intellectual and social).
    • Identify and accurately record the patient's problems (physical, intellectual and social).
    • Assess the data in the context of the patient's status; formulate a problem list for both acute and long-term problems, and a provisional diagnostic and therapeutic plan.
    • Obtain necessary supplementary information and reassess the patient's status at appropriate intervals
    • Present verbally at bedside or in conference, a concise summary of the patient.
    • Establish a relationship of mutual respect between the physician, patient and the patient's family, and acquire the basic interpersonal skills which facilitate this relationship.
  • Appreciate the role of community agencies, practicing physicians and community health care programs in facilitating optimal care.
  • Develop positive attributes which will serve as the basis for a successful professional career
  • Develop study habits which will enhance lifelong learning.

To view a current syllabus and other curricular information, see Student Resources.


How to Apply 

Information about entry to the medical school at the University of Alberta can be found on the MD Admissions page of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Office of Undergraduate Medical Education website. 

The University of Alberta's Academic Calendar is another important source of general information about the MD program and admissions process.