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AOA Guidance

Advice from the Class of 2021:
  • This is all new info and you work long hours so don’t take it lightly.
  • Make sure to do lots of questions. NBME is vague.
  • My approach was OME for intro/overview during week 1/2, then UWorld + incorrects throughout the clerkship; save practice NBMEs for last week or so. Everything you need is definitely covered by UWorld.
  • Focus on UWorld and learn screening guidelines. The scope is relatively narrow and algorithmic; you can master the material with lots of practice.
  • Learn urology! There were quite a few uro-gyn questions on the test that I didn’t feel prepared for.
  • Most time-crunched rotation, even more than surgery. Take advantage of clinic days when studying. UWise is harder than UWorld, but definitely helps you see the bigger picture and connect dots. Highly recommend doing both!
  • UWise is a good second question bank, but I would prioritize UWorld first.
  • Start studying early to learn obstetric vocab/acronyms; don't freak out if you are failing practice Qs early on. Focus on UWorld and UWise.



AOA - "Good questions, but there aren’t many of them. You’ll probably need to supplement with the ACOG questions."

Practice NBMEs

AOA - "Good resource for practice questions that simulate the real thing."

OnlineMedEd - OB/GYN

AOA - "Great resource as OB/GYN has a lot of new information that you are not exposed to in the first two years of school or in other rotations. The videos are organized well to give you a strong foundation. Good for working through your differentials on shelf day."

ACOG Questions (uWISE)

AOA - "Around 550 questions put out by ACOG. Login information will be sent to you when you begin the clerkship. They can be tricky, but prepare you extremely well for the shelf exam."

Case Files: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Call Number: Main Collection WQ18.2 C337 2013. Print and online available.
AOA - " Some people loved this for OB. Very concise resource, but does not read like a conventional text book (it's a collection of cases)."

Blueprints - OB/GYN

Call Number: Main Collection WQ18.2 C156b 2018. Print ONLY.  
AOA - "The people that don't like Case Files usually like this. Much more dense since it is a conventional textbook, it has all of the information you need."

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Call Number: 3-Day Reserve WP140 O14 2014. Print ONLY. 
Established as the standard resource of the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. This is the only clerkship book on the market fully compliant with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (College) guidelines, treatment recommendations, and committee opinions. The text provides key features for self-assessment, including USMLE-style questions.


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Exam Guru - OB/GYN

The Ob/Gyn shelf exam has always been one of the most challenging subjects for those who aren’t pursuing a career in Ob/Gyn. Our team has authored 389 high-yield questions to cover everything with thorough, yet easy to understand explanations so that you can relieve your anxiety and honor your Ob/Gyn shelf exam.

First Aid for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship

Online ONLY.
The obstetrics and gynecology clerkship survival guide from the publishers of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. This powerful review for the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship provides medical students taking required rotations with a single, concise, high-yield resource for excelling on the boards and wards. Hundreds of high-yield facts based on the clerkship's core competencies review everything students need to know for the clerkship.