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Department of

Obstetrics and Gynecology

About the Program

The medical student experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology includes an M3 core clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as AI options as an M4 in Obstetrics, High-Risk Obstetrics (Maternal-Fetal Medicine), benign Gynecology or Gynecologic Oncology. Included in the M4 experience is options for ICE rotations in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility,. Female Pelvic Medical Reconstructive Surgery, a clinic based Community Women's Health rotation at the Cincinnati Health Department clinics,  Family Planning and Contraception at Planned Parenthood, as well as 2-week rotations in an OB Laborist model and Breastfeeding/Lactation option. Medical student education in the OB-GYN department is unique in that it is supported by an endowed chair, established and named in honor of Dr. Clarence Mc Lain.

Dr. Andrea Hamel has served as the clerkship director since April 2019, assuming the role from Dr. Amy Thompson who has transitioned into the role of Residency Program Director for the department. Dr. Hamel is only the fourth Medical Student Program Director at UC since the inception of the program. 

Over the course of the last decade, the department has expanded its 4th year electives to include all sub-specialties in Women’s Health.  In addition to collaborating with UC medical students and faculty, Dr. Thompson developed the Women’s Health Scholars program in 2013, which Dr. Hamel also assumed the role of director over this growing program in April 2019.In a very short time, the program has consistently grown, beginning with departmental support for three UC students per year to a current six UC students. Through this program, medical students have successfully presented and published their research with the aid of faculty mentors.

Clerkship coordinator, Natalie Cassady, joined the program in the fall of 2019 assuming this role from the previous coordinator, who transitioned from this role to follow Dr. Thompson, taking over as the Program Manager for the department residency program.

Program History

Dr. Clarence McLain (1967 - 2003)
Dr. Clarence McLain taught many students and residents the art of history taking and patient communication.  He served as the OB/Gyn clerkship director for 36 years, longer than any other clerkship director at a U.S. medical school, according to the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  His teaching commitment earned him the University’s highest honor for teaching, the Distinguished Teaching Professor, in 1998.  Dr. McLain also received the College of Medicine’s highest teaching award, the Daniel Drake Award for Distinguished Service, in 2002.  To ensure the ongoing commitment of the department to medical student education, Dr. McLain and his family, established the Clarence McLain Endowed Chair of Medical Student Education, the first in the country.

Dr. Thomas deHoop (2003 - 2011)
Under Dr. Thomas deHoop’s guidance, the core clerkship adopted more case-based education with small, interactive teaching groups.  This evolution resulted in improved student satisfaction scores on our clerkship and consistent NBME subject scores.  During his tenure as clerkship director, Dr. deHoop received numerous Golden Apple awards for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Amy Thompson (2011 - 2019)
Under Dr. Amy Thompson's guidance, the core clerkship continued to grow into a well-rounded clinical experience at multiple community sites throughout the area. She expanded the program and developed several additional 4th year AI and ICE elective experiences for UC and Visiting students. In collaboration with the Office of Medical Education, the Department of Family Medicine Department, and most recently with the English Department at NKU, Dr. Thompson developed a longitudinal online elective for 4th year medical students centered around effective communication and interdisciplinary teamwork. This course is highly sought after each year and continually expands each year culminating at the end of the rotation with a student film night showcasing the short films students write, produce and edit as their final project for the course. During her tenure as clerkship director, Dr. Thompson also received Golden Apple awards for excellence in teaching.

Rose Wolterman (1976 - 2015)
Rose Wolterman served as the clerkship coordinator for 38 years, initially recruited by Dr. McLain.  She worked with all three clerkship directors during the history of the program and was instrumental in shaping the program that exists today.

Emily Wagner (2015 - 2016)
Emily joined the department upon Rose Wolterman's retirement in June of 2015. She brought 11 years of experience in medical education and a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education.

Deana Brown (2016 - 2019)
Deana joined the department when Emily Wagner accepted a Education Director's position in the Medical Education office in September 2016. She brought a variety of experience to this evolving role, including teaching medical education and years of clinical experience in the office and hospital lab, as well as being a Team STEPPS Master Trainer and EPIC Super User. Deana transitioned from this role in July of 2019 to follow Dr. Thompson and assume the role of Program Manager for the department residency program.



More Information

For more information regarding the medical student education opportunities in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, please contact:

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clarence R. McLain Chair of Medical Student Education:
Andrea Hamel, MD
Medical Sciences Building, Room 4460
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0526

Phone: 513-558-6919
Fax: 513-558-3558

Obstetrics and Gynecology Core Clerkship/Medical Student Program Coordinator: 
Natalie Cassady
Medical Sciences Building, Room 4461
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0526

Phone: 513-558-7653
Fax: 513-558-3558