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Medical Student Education at UC San Diego School of Medicine


Courses are for:

  • Medical Students: Our faculty teaches in the ERM course for 1st year Medical Students and provides special training to 3rd and 4th year Medical Students. Medical Students may also enroll in any of the Courses offered by the Department as an elective.
  • Graduate Students: Over the past few years, graduate students have worked under the supervision of many Ph.D. and M.D. faculty in the Department of Reproductive Medicine. Most graduate students are enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences or Neurosciences Programs.


Pamela S. Deak, M.D.
Jessica Kingston, M.D.
R. Jeffrey Chang, M.D.
Thomas F. Kelly, M.D.
Steven Plaxe, M.D.



1st & 2nd Year Electives

  • RMED 223 Reproductive Medicine Preceptorship Preceptor: Pamela Deak, M.D.
    This course provides first or second year medical students with clinical exposure to women's healthcare. Clinical emphasis will differ each quarter depending on physician availability. Students may be assigned to one of many practice types: general OB/GYN, high-risk obstetrics, reproductive endocrinology, gynecological oncology, or pelvic reconstruction. A half-day each week will be spent in the physician's office participating in patient care. The option to shadow the preceptor while he/she is on obstetrical call may be available.
  • RMED 228 Family Planning Elective Preceptor: Jessica Kingston, M.D.
    This course provides first and second year medical students with exposure to all aspects of family planning, from contraceptive methods counseling to abortion. Clinical emphasis will be based on each student's interest. A half-day week will be spent in the clinical participating in patient care.
  • RMED 240A Pregnancy and Childbirth: Continuity with an Obstetric Patient Preceptor: Pamela Deak, M.D.
    This is the first of a two-part course which offers preclinical medical students the opportunity to learn about reproductive medicine by lectures, demonstrations and clinical observation. Students will follow an individual patient through her entire pregnancy and delivery.
  • RMED 240B Pregnancy and Childbirth: Continuity with an Obstetric Patient II Preceptor: Pamela Deak, M.D.
    This is the second of a 2-part course which offers pre-clinical medical students the opportunity to learn about reproductive medicine and continuity of care by clinical observation of an individual patient through her entire pregnancy and delivery.


3rd Year Clerkship

  • Our Clerkship is a School of Medicine Program which is designed to provide an Introduction to Obstetrics & Gynecology for 3rd year Medical Students and provide elective training for 4th year Medical Students. The program is divided into 6 week blocks throughout the year. Education and training is provide through a series of lectures, simulations and hands-on labs. In addition, the students rotate through several clinics including OB, GYN or GYN/Oncology, and Ambulatory Care. Training is provided at UC San Diego facilities, and Mercy Hospital.
  • The program director is Pamela Deak, M.D. and can be reached through the program coordinator Cynthia Dealy at 858-534-3603.

Note: Visiting students are not accepted for 3rd year courses but are accepted for our 4th year electives.


4th Year Electives

  • RMED 427 Advanced Clerkship In Reproductive Endocrinology Preceptor: Jeffrey Chang, M.D.
    Activities will involve inpatient care and clinical as well as laboratory research; Clinical endocrinology in Reproductive Medicine is concerned with participation in patient care related activities with research fellows and residents at UC Medical Center. Laboratory research to include radioimmunoassay procedures.
  • RMED 428 Subinternship In Perinatology Preceptor: Thomas Kelly, M.D.
    Advanced instructions in the evaluation and management of abnormal pregnancies with emphasis on antenatal assessment of fetal well-being, maturity and intrapartum status. Particular attention is given to the influence of the intrauterine environment on adaptation to the neonatal period.
  • RMED 429 Subinternship In Family Planning And Women's Reproductive Health Preceptor: Jessica Kingston, M.D.
    On this subinternship students will see patients presenting for the full spectrum of family planning and basic gynecologic care. Students will participate in evaluating patients presenting for early pregnancy assessment to include pregnancy termination, miscarriage, and pregnancy options counseling. Students will also see patients presenting for contraception, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infection, vaginitis, and cervical and breast cancer screening and will also learn examination and microscopy skills necessary to diagnose vaginitis. Students will also observe or participate in placement of intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants, outpatient surgical procedures and colposcopy. During the 4 week course, students will be expected to function as a sub-intern. The course is primarily outpatient, however for the interested student, overnight call may be arranged.
  • RMED 430 Subinternship In Gynecologic Oncology Preceptor: Steven Plaxe, M.D.
    Students are provided with the opportunity to develop clinical management skills in the care of the critically ill gynecology/oncology patient. A level of performance similar to that expected of the gynecologic/ oncology intern is required.
  • RMED 432 OB-GYN Subinternship Preceptor: Thomas Kelly, M.D.
    This subinternship is designed to give students primary responsibility for patient care at the internship level under close supervision of the responsible senior resident and/or attending faculty. It allows students maximum growth in technical skills and patient management expertise while being noncompetitive with interns and third year medical students.