UW Obstetrics and Gynecology
Educating the next generation of leaders

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to cultivating the next generation of leaders in women’s health. To that end, our department engages third- and fourth-year medical students in various opportunities to achieve this goal.

4th Year Electives

Many opportunities exist for fourth year medical students to further their education in Women’s Health including rotations in High Risk Obstetrics, Gynecologic Oncology, and Benign Gynecology/UroGynecology. Additionally, there are opportunities for independent reading and research. Research plans approved by a department faculty member must be in place before the elective is started. Most electives are 4 weeks in duration. For more information contact Janet Short, jmshort@wisc.edu.

Visiting Students

The Department offers fourth-year electives to visiting medical students during the months of October through December in High Risk Obstetrics, Gynecologic Oncology, and Benign Gynecology/Urogynecology. These four-week rotations are approved and competitively arranged by the Department. The application is a 2-step process.

Step 1:

Interested students should submit the following to Janet Short no later than April 18, 2016: jmshort@wisc.edu:

  • Current CV
  • USMLE 1 Score
  • Letter of recommendation from a preceptor addressing professionalism and clinical skills. This letter should be sent via email directly to jmshort@wisc.edu.

Step 2:

Following approval and notification from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the applicant will need to complete the visiting student application process outlined at UW School of Medicine and Public Health. When you complete this application, you will see the available electives and date options. Rank order one or more electives and date options to increase your chances of a spot. Only when the school has notified us that your application is complete, will we be able to confirm a rotation. We do not hold rotations.

Contact Information


Kathy Stewart, MD
Clerkship Director
(608) 417-6099

John Street, PhD
Education Program Manager
Meriter Hospital - 5 East
(608) 417-7906

Janet Short
Clerkship Coordinator
Meriter Hospital - 5 East
(608) 417-7909