Medical Student Education

Weill Cornell Medicine’s educational mission emphasizes the importance of combining a strong, basic foundation in the medical sciences with extensive clinical training in patient care. Our physicians continue the tradition of cultivating the best of tomorrow's leaders in the field of medicine by stimulating creativity, while fostering independent thought and study.

Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology is unique in that it encompasses medicine, surgery, radiology, pediatrics, preventive medicine, and many other aspects of human biology. We provide learning opportunities across the entire spectrum of women’s health from general to specialized care. Our well rounded curriculum, provides students with exceptional experiences, which are equally diverse and complex.

During the clinical portion of medical studies, students learn by actively providing care to patients under the supervision of our faculty physicians. Weill Cornell Medicine's model for clinical learning encourages students to analyze clinical problems rigorously, discuss the interpretation with physicians, and implement a clinical plan.

The OBGYN clerkship is offered at four sites – NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, NewYork-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist and Houston Methodist Hospital. All four sites provide an equal, but a different, experience for our clerkship students. At each site, students will spend time on obstetrics/labor & delivery, general gynecology, gynecologic oncology, and ambulatory care.

OBGYN Clerkship Director – Lona Prasad, MD 

Lona Prasad

OBGYN Clerkship Associate Director – Steven Hockstein, MD

Steven Hockstein, MD

Course Coordinator Nicolle White  

Medical Student Electives

Glickman Fellow Gynecologic Oncology Elective

The Glickman Elective is designed to offer qualified medical students an in-depth experience in clinical gynecologic oncology at a renowned academic medical center. Students participate in operating room procedures, colposcopy clinic, daily patient rounds, and weekly clinical conferences. As a member of the clinical team, students participating in the Glickman Elective are expected to gain familiarity with the surgical, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments of the patients being cared for by the team. Students are also responsible for preparing a presentation on a topic related to the management of gynecologic oncology patients. The Glickman Elective runs for 4 weeks, and a stipend is awarded to the selected candidate. 

To apply for this elective, please visit:

Course Director – Melissa Frey, MD 

Melissa Frey

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Medical students who are chosen for this elective will achieve the proposed objectives by working with the course director and other members of the Minimally Invasive Gynecology division in the operating room, office, and SAILs simulation sessions. Our focus throughout the 4-week elective is to teach students how to use a variety of instruments and equipment for endoscopy and robotic surgery. Students who complete this elective leave us with an understanding of the management of conditions such as fibroids, pelvic pain, and endometriosis, as well as an understanding of the risks and benefits of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

To apply for this elective, please visit:

Course Director – Ja Hyun Shin, M.D.

Ja Hyun Shin, M.D.

Clinical High-Risk Obstetrics

This is an elective in Obstetrics within the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. The students selected for this 4-week elective will be part of the inpatient team evaluating, admitting, managing, delivering, and following obstetrical patients throughout the post-partum period. There will be a particular focus on hospitalized antepartum patients. The students will be expected to make daily rounds independently on assigned patients, and to present them at sign-out each morning and evening. Students will be under the direct supervision of the Course Director. Students will work closely with attendings, Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows, and residents assigned to labor and delivery, antepartum and postpartum units.

To apply for this elective, please visit:

Course Director – Ayisha Buckley, M.D.

Ayisha Buckley, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Diversity Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program

The Diversity Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program is a Weill Cornell Medicine funded program for fourth year medical students interested in OB/GYN. The program is open to applicants who belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health profession including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Pacific Islander. Rotations are four weeks in duration and are available to students who can meet the requirements of Weill Cornell Medical College.

Students will be assigned to participate as a sub-I on the benign gynecology service and will function in the role of an OB/GYN intern. In this role, students will participate in rounding, surgery, consults, and clinic duties. Students will also be required to attend all simulation, teaching, and conferences with the house staff.

To apply for this elective, please visit:

Course Director – Rochelle Joly, M.D.

Rochelle Joly, M.D., FACOG

If you have questions related to the electives being offered, please contact