The Elective is a four week rotation designed by the resident. There is no scheduled night-call, enabling the resident to make elective arrangements out of town, if desired. The University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology allows global health electives.

These customized electives must be approved by the program director, in consultation with the chair, and/or the Residency Education Committee and/or the Graduate Medical Education office. Proposed elective schedules must be submitted to the Program at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the elective rotation, accompanied by the resident’s written description of his/her desired learning objectives for each elective component. Longer advanced planning is required for a global health elective. Listed below are elective rotations that residents have completed.


Previously approved elective options:

  • Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia
  • Anatomy Lab at the Medical Sciences center
  • Breast Clinic at UWH
  • Clinical and Cancer Genetics, Waisman Center & UW Cancer Center
  • Cytology Laboratory, Waisman Center & UW Cancer Center
  • Leogane Family Health Center in Haiti
  • Mammography at UWH
  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Meriter Hospital
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound/Pelvic floor physical therapy at Meriter Hospital & Clinics
  • Outpatient gynecology cases at St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Pelvic Dissection at UW Department of Anatomy
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Research elective
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic at Student Health Service
  • St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Radiology at UWH