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Ob/Gyn Reading Advice

19 Sep

I’ve had a few questions on what to read as a 3rd or 4th year medical student interested in Ob/Gyn so here are my recommendations:

What I will tell you is WAY above and beyond that of what you actually need to do, but we all might as well have goals.  Please don’t read all of this or stress about reading it all – but if you were to do a few audition rotations I’d try and read all of this by the end of it.


ob/gyn handbook for cliniciansob/gyn handbook


After reviewing one or both of these pocket books, dive into Practice Bulletins from ACOG or CDC guidelines on infectious diseases. If you are a current medical student you can apply for student membership through ACOG to get access to the practice bulletins, journal articles, etc.

Great topics to review are:

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Gestational Hypertension
  • Pre-gestational Hypertension
  • Diabetes – gestational and pre-gestational
  • FHT (fetal heart tone) tracing interpretation
  • FHT management
  • Group B Strep – CDC has a great recommendation page also
  • Post Partum Hemorrhage
  • Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (Post Menopausal Bleeding)
  • STDs – know what signs and symptoms to look for – along with diagnosing and treatment (CDC is great for this)
  • R/o labor
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations
  • Normal stages and length of labor
Also be sure to review your anatomy of at least the pelvis and abdomen.


I was once told to take a text book from whatever field you are going into and make a goal of reading the entire thing before starting residency.  Now that I’ve started residency I definitely think doing that would have been helpful.  Would I stress over it? No, but if you have time it’s another idea.  Some suggestions: