The Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Medicine of Washington University in St. Louis offers support for visiting fourth-year medical students with career interests in gynecology and the promotion of health equity. The program will provide accepted students with a four-week rotation with Washington University Gynecologic Oncology.

This opportunity provides funding and networking opportunities while promoting a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Applications by students from groups historically under-represented in gynecologic oncology and those whose pathway in medicine has been complicated by substantial personal and financial adversity are encouraged, though we encourage applications from a diverse student population.

The Division of Gynecologic Oncology provides safety net care to women from eastern and southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois who have known or suspected gynecologic malignancies. Patients are seen across all socioeconomic strata, racial/ethnic groups, and rural/urban origins. We provide full services, including outpatient assessment and chemotherapy, inpatient surgery, and management of complications of therapy or disease. Close referral relationships with radiation oncology, palliative medicine, hospice, and social services providers offer exposure to those disciplines. Students are exposed to the impact of social determinants of care on presentation, treatment, and outcomes.

Students rotate through inpatient care for a large gyn oncology service, assist in surgery, participate in outpatient clinics, and attend weekly Grand Rounds/M&M and Tumor Board discussions. During their last week, students are expected to provide a 30-minute presentation on a topic in gynecologic oncology (preferably related to health equity). There is no overnight call, although participation in rounds on one day for each included weekend is expected.

Application Instructions

Submit the following materials via DocuSign.

  1. CV
  2. Transcript including OBGYN clerkship performance
  3. USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 score reports
  4. Clerkship Director or Assistant Clerkship Director Letter of Recommendation including the following information:
    • Final Clerkship Grade
    • OBGYN Shelf Performance or final medical knowledge exam proxy score
    • Share summative narratives from all rotations on the clerkship
    • Share specifically why you feel this student would be a good candidate for our program
      • Refer to our website for a greater sense of our program.
      • Portion of our mission statement: “We strive to provide a team-oriented environment in which our residents can build upon their strengths, developing into future leaders in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.  As a graduate of the program, we hope your training will allow you to be comfortable in a variety of settings, whether it be providing evidence-based clinical care, educating the next generation of learners, or contributing to scientific discovery in the field.”
  5. Student Narrative (limit to a single page)
    • Tell us why this opportunity should be awarded to you
    • Share specifically why you feel this rotation and/or program is in alignment with your goals
    • If relevant, explain how your pathway in medicine has been complicated by substantial personal and financial diversity

Deadline: All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2024

All applications will be reviewed by a faculty member within the Division. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or denial within two weeks of the deadlines listed below. The number of enrollment slots are limited and early application is encouraged.


Applicants will receive a $2500 stipend for travel, housing, and living expenses incurred during the rotation.

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