OBST 7550: Reproductive Health

Course Availability:   2017-2018   2018-2019

General Information

Course Director:  Dr. Mary Mahoney

Course Coordinator:  Danielle Spizzirri, spizz003@umn.edu


MS Year:  MS3 or MS4

Periods offered:  S1A, S3A, F1A, F3A, SP1A, SP3A

Total credits (weeks):  2

Consent requirement:  Yes, students need to contact the coordinator or director for permission to add the course

Patient care:  No

Clinical site(s):  Students will go to the following sites:

  • Whole Women's Health, 825 S 8th St. #1018, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Planned Parenthood Vandalia, 671 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114
  • NARAL Pro Choice America, 2300 Myrtle Ave #120, St. Paul, MN 55114

Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule:  Schedule based on available at clinics.  Typically students spend 2-3 days at WWH and 1-2 days at PPH weekly.  They attend Monday conference or grand rounds if appropriate.  They meet once during the 2 week rotation with a staff member at NARAL for 1-2 hour discussion on public policy.


Required or Elective:  Elective

Limited to student type:  No

Prerequisites:  OBST 7500 and MED 7500

Course equivalency:  None

Open to visiting students:  No


Discipline(s):  Obstetrics and Gynecology

Description:  This is a comprehensive course covering family planning methods, including abortion and contraception, their effectiveness, mechanism of action, advantages, disadvantages and managemnt of complications. This course will look specifically at the etiology, prevention, diagnosis of and management plans for unplanned pregnancy.

Course objectives:  This course is a two week exposure to contraception and abortion care in the community. The student will work with University faculty, community physicians, and advance practice providers. This course will specifically look at the etiology, prevention, diagnosis of and management plans for unplanned pregnancy. This is achieved with direct exposure to patients and their stories, and through the provided extensive reading list. Students will have the opportunity to observe the counseling prior to the provision of medical and surgical abortion. Students will work one on one with providers focusing on the objectives of the course. They will obtain clinical experience in the diagnosis of unplanned pregnancy and observation of termination procedures.


Graded components:

  • Attendance/Participation
  • Women's Health Paper

Grading scale:  P/N




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