Electives - Reproductive Genetics

Course Number: OBG410
Offered by: Steve Warsof, M.D.
Department of Ob/Gyn
Hofheimer Hall, Suite 310
Norfolk, VA 23507
(757) 446-7900

Location: Hofheimer Hall
Periods Offered: Continuously
Duration: 4 weeks
Number of Students: 1
Student Level: Year 4
Night Call: No

Report First Day: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Hofheimer Hall, 8:00 a.m.

Course Description: Although exposed to the general “concepts” of genetic risk assessment in the third-year clerkship, the majority of students have little experience with medical genetics as practiced. The goals of the elective will include observation of genetic counseling, risk assessment calculation, counseling re: prenatal diagnosis, population-based screening, ultrasound assessment of fetal anomalies and their implications, teratogen exposure in pregnancy and recurrence risk. A short project and publication might result for the interested student.                                                            

Distribution of Student’s Effort: Patient contact: 95% outpatient, 5% inpatient, 2-4 hrs/wk in conferences. A large amount of faculty contact time.

Objectives:
1. To increase knowledge and experience in the differential diagnosis and management of reproductive genetic disease.
2. To gain practical experience with obstetric ultrasound.
3. To learn the indications for prenatal diagnosis.

Evaluation: 35% oral exam/case presentation; 65% clinical observation