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OB-410 Gynecologic Oncology Elective

Director: Lindsay West, MD

Location: Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA


The goals of this elective in Gynecologic Oncology are:

  • To broaden the student's clinical experience in gynecologic oncology, including exposure to both inpatient and ambulatory care of women with gynecologic malignancies
  • To include the student as an integral member in the patient-care team, including active participation in gynecologic oncology surgical procedures
  • To improve the student's patient care skills, including the ability to perform and present histories and physical exams, formulate differential diagnoses, make clinical decisions, and manage postoperative patients
  • To improve the student's surgical skills


After completion of the elective in Gynecologic Oncology, the student will be able to:

  • Obtain a complete history with emphasis on pertinent cancer risk factors and family history, and perform a complete physical exam, including breast and pelvic exams
  • Develop differential diagnoses, pursue appropriate plan to refine the diagnosis, and develop an evidence-based treatment plan
  • Understand the evaluation and management of common problems presenting to a gynecologic oncologist, including pelvic masses, post-menopausal bleeding, and preinvasive diseases and invasive malignancies of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, peritoneum, vulva, and vagina
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Have an appreciation of the treatments for gynecologic malignancies including the surgical management, radiation and chemotherapy treatments

Course Number



4 weeks

Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends

No/One shift Saturday


1 student per Block

Alternate Dates

Yes, at discretion of
The Director



On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medicine Clerkship.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.