Skip to main content



Medical Student Program

Medical Student Program

UCSF Medical School enrolls a diverse class of 170 students per year. Many potential medical students apply to UCSF each year because of our reputation for teaching and research in women's health. We encourage student involvement in women's health from the moment you step on campus until you graduate.

The medical school curriculum has undergone major renovations with the launch of the innovative Bridges Curriculum that includes foundational sciences, clinical and systems applications, and inquiry activities. Women's Health is taught throughout all of the major curricular blocks and students are given opportunities for clinical exposure from the first week of medical school. Obstetrics and gynecology is taught during the Life Stages Block of the second year and simultaneously the pelvic exam is taught with the use of professional patients.

In addition to the required core curriculum, many medical students enroll in electives in Women's Health to explore the field and work on research projects with faculty. During the required third-year rotation in obstetrics and gynecology (6 weeks), medical students learn basic management of laboring patients, assist in delivering babies, perform pelvic exams, attend surgeries, and are exposed to the depth and breadth of the field. Extensive career counseling, a wide-variety of research projects, sub-internships and electives are available during fourth-year. Typically ten to fifteen UCSF medical students apply annually for residencies in obstetrics and gynecology. Click to see our 2020 Obstetrics and Gynecology match students.

Statement on Medical Student Participation in Exam Under Anesthesia

In line with APGO's statement on medical student participation in conducting pelvic exams under anesthesia:

We recommend that learners in the clinical setting, including in the operating room when the patient is under anesthesia, should only perform a pelvic examination for teaching purposes when the pelvic exam is:

• Explicitly consented to;

• Related to the planned procedure;

• Performed by a student who is recognized by the patient as a part of their care team; AND

• Done under direct supervision by the educator.

The students should ask themselves:

Did I meet the patient prior to the procedure?
Did I observe the consent process for exam under anesthesia or personally review it on the consent form (e.g. I looked at the consent form and it included an exam under anesthesia)?
Am I being directly observed for the exam?

If yes to the above, AND they feel comfortable performing an EUA, then perform the exam.

If any are not true, then the student should decline the exam. This is messaged to all educators. As Education Director, Dr. Lager will support the student decision.