The Physician Assistant Student's Guide to the Clinical Year: OB-GYN

The Physician Assistant Student's Guide to the Clinical Year: OB-GYN

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C


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“A lifesaver – not just for PA students, but for faculty and administrators trying our best to prepare them. Perfect for students to read and use on rotation.”

– James Van Rhee, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Program Director, Yale Physician Assistant Online Program

The first pocket-size resource to guide PA students through their OB/GYN rotation

Prepare for and thrive during your clinical rotations with the quick-access pocket guide series, The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year. The OB/GYN edition of this 7-volume series, discounted when purchased as a full set, delineates the exact duties required in obstetrics and gynecology.

Written by an experienced PA educator, this guide details the clinical approach to common obstetric and gynecologic presentations such as pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, and an overview of the initial prenatal visit. It also provides treatment and management details for more than 30 of the most frequently encountered disease entities you will see in this rotation, including cervical dysplasia, dysmenorrhea, and ectopic pregnancy.

Distinguished by brief, bulleted content with handy tables and figures, the reference offers all pertinent laboratory and imaging studies needed to confirm a diagnosis, with medication and management guidelines. This guide also describes the most common procedures you will learn during your OB/GYN, including PAP test, colposcopy, labor induction, and cesarean delivery. A special chapter on urgent gynecologic and obstetric conditions, such as placental abruption, sexual assault, and severe uterine bleeding, is also included.

Key Features:

  • Provides a pocket-size overview of the PA OB/GYN rotation
  • Describes common clinical presentations, disease entities, and procedures
  • Offers clinical pearls throughout
  • Presents frequently encountered diagnostic studies and their indications
  • Reflects the 2019 NCCPA PANCE blueprint
  • Includes two bonus digital chapters! Three guided case studies to reinforce clinical reasoning plus 25 rotation exam-style questions with remediating rationales

Other books in this series:

The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Health


Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C:

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA is an Associate Professor for the University of Lynchburg’s School of PA Medicine, Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program where she teaches women’s health, global health, and evidence-based medicine. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Florida State University where she teaches the women’s health module to PA students. She works clinically per diem for Wake Forest Baptist Community Physicians in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Watkins has worked in PA education since 2012 serving in both the clinical and didactic phases of PA curricula. She speaks at state, regional, and national CME conferences on women’s health topics, has published several articles in JAAPA, and has written two books and one chapter in peer-reviewed clinical books. She is active in local, state, and national PA organizations. She has also worked with several state and regional organizations to advocate for greater utilization of PAs in obstetrics and gynecology practices. She graduated from The George Washington University’s PA program in 1993. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology and a Master of Science in Health Care Management. She earned her Doctor of Health Science with a concentration in Global Health from Nova Southeastern University in 2016. She was a National Health Service Corps Scholarship recipient and fulfilled her commitment to practice in a Central California migrant clinic in 1995. The majority of her clinical career was spent working in obstetrics and gynecology in the Central Valley of California and has completed medical missions to Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Tanzania.