This course introduces students to the diagnoses and treatments of abnormalities and diseases of the female reproductive system and the normal processes of pregnancy and puerperium and the management of common obstetrical and gynecological conditions and their complications (including the management of fertility and infertility). The course is offered in three consecutive modules during the third, fourth and final year of study.
Students will be able to evaluate normal and suspected high risk or abnormal pregnancy, carryout selected diagnostic investigations, develop an intervention plan, perform practical and surgical interventions independently or as an assistant to clinical faculty member, prepare patient record, present findings to clinical faculty members, and make proper referrals of patients. Topics covered include : Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system; conception, pregnancy, the management of normal pregnancy; high-risk pregnancy; abnormal pregnancy; medical conditions and HIV in pregnancy; abnormal stages of labor; ectopic pregnancy; patho-physiology of high risk and abnormal pregnancy; obstetric operations, e.g. caesarean section and curettage; supervision of other caregivers within a health facility or home visits; ethical issues in Obstetrics- all with specific reference to practicing in Namibia; Miscellaneous medical disorders.