Medical Student Education

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to providing medical students at all levels of training with a rich and rewarding educational experience.

Medical School Program

  • Phase 1-2: We offer many opportunities for medical students to participate in the OB Medical Student Interest Group events scheduled throughout the year, including faculty, fellow, and resident panels and skills workshops.
  • Phase 2: medical students spend 12 weeks on the Care Across the Life Cycle block.
  • Phase 3: medical students can participate in the OB Inpatient Acting Internship, OB Ambulatory Acting Internship, and various electives.

Undergraduate Shadowing

Shadowing in the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology can be a very valuable experience. Due to limited capacity, the Shadowing program can only offer 10 observer slots during the three yearly shadowing timeframes. If you apply after this quota is reached, you are encouraged to apply for another session timeframe or look for shadowing opportunities in other departments.

Review this webpage for critical information on Department of ObGyn Shadowing. Note: this program does NOT set up shadowing for other departments at UW Health beyond the Department of Ob-Gyn.

Application Dates and Deadlines for Clinic Shadowing

Fall Semester Application Due Date: July 1

Spring Semester Application Due Date: December 1

Summer Semester Application Due Date: April 1


University of Wisconsin undergraduate and medical students are eligible for shadowing.

Approval Process

A shadowing offer does not guarantee shadowing approval. All observers have to be subsequently approved through Meriter or UW Health vendor liaison offices.

  • Within two months of application completion, observer candidate will be contacted by the Ob-Gyn Shadowing Program with a decision.
  • Current shadowing is offered through the Resident Clinic in Ob-Gyn.
  • Candidates must accept shadowing offer within 48 hours of notification, or it will be rescinded and offered to another student.
  • Once candidate observer has accepted the offer, the Ob-Gyn Shadowing Program will put them in contact with the Vendor Liaison Office who will verify immunizations and HIPPA training, then issue a temporary ID badge. This process must be completed before any shadowing can occur.
  • If the observer candidate does not follow-up with the Vendor Liaison Office (VLO) within four weeks of approved start date, approval will be rescinded.

Observer Application

Interested in observing a Department of Ob-Gyn faculty: Apply Here

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Visiting Students

  • We offer (1) four-week 4th year visiting medical student rotation in September (9/1-9/25/2020) for our OB Hospitalist elective. A competitive application process opens Feb. 15-March 15, 2020.  The accepted candidate receives a $3000 stipend to support participation in this rotation.
  • Application Criteria
    • All applicants must be full-time medical students in good academic standing at LCME accredited medical schools, AND a United States or Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Application Process
    • Submit the following documentation by March 15, 2020 to
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • USMLE 1 Score Documentation (COMLEX not accepted)
      • A letter of interest addressed to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Medical Education.
    • The selected candidate will be notified by April 1, 2020 and has 1 week to accept the offer.
    • The candidate is then required to apply via the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) and be accepted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health no later than May 1, 2020. 
    • Once accepted, the candidate cannot withdraw. Note:  should emergent circumstances require the student to forego participation in this elective, all funds received by the student must be refunded to the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Payment Process
    • A stipend of $3000 will be paid to the candidate by August 1, 2020.