Course Objectives

The three Clerkship Competencies and their supporting objectives are aligned with the FSUCOM Institutional Competencies and domains. Each measurable objective delineates specific a requirement necessary to support proof of competence. The objectives and the assessment strategies are provided in the appendix at the end of the syllabus.

Competency 1
Achieve Core Skill Sets: Gender Specific and General

Emphasis is placed on core female gender-specific skills and knowledge that all physicians would be well served to have in a professional practice armamentarium. The core clinical skills of pelvic examination, the Standard Clinical Breast Examination, best practices for genital specimen retrieval and counseling are reinforced in the clinical setting.


  • Deliberative practice
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Standardized Skills testing: gender specific skills only

Competency 2
Incorporate Routine Screening, Risk Assessment and Referral into the routine gender-specific care of women


  • Deliberative Practice
  • Clinical Assessment

Competency 3
Access, utilize, communicate and reflect on the core gender-specific content associated with what has historically been in the domain of OBGYN practice


  • Deliberative practice
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Standardized Skills Test
  • Core Clerkship Activities, Reflections and Discussions
  • Differential Diagnosis Packet
  • OB Packet
  • NBME Exam
  • Clerkship Director’s Evaluation

By definition, the competencies considered essential to the enlightened care of women contain two elements:
1) A willingness to perform
2) Demonstration of specific skills and knowledge.

Achieving both elements is required to successfully complete the OBGYN Clerkship. Willingness to perform is demonstrated through deliberative practice as documented in CDCS and corroborated through the clinical evaluation. Demonstration of specific skills and knowledge will be documented in the specific performance modalities associated with the objective. These competencies will be assesses at the advanced beginner level. Students performing at this level typically use guidelines for action based on attributes or aspects, have limited situational perception and may treat all attributes and aspects separately and of equal importance. Some students will exceed this threshold. The clerkship is designed to recognize and accommodate their needs.