Lesson 1, Topic 1
In Progress


April 11, 2024

Peggy St. John has been working in the obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) department for about 5 years. She loves what she does and feels grateful that she can be there for her patients as they go through the pregnancy process. She also gets a lot of satisfaction from working with patients who come in with gynecologic issues. She especially likes the patient education that she can do with all her patients. Her supervisor recognizes that Peggy enjoys teaching and has asked her to mentor a medical assistant student, Jill Snow, who is just starting her practicum. Peggy is excited to share how she works with patients in the OB/GYN department.
While studying this chapter, think about the following questions:
                • What is the basic anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system?
                • What does Jill need to learn about contraceptives to be able to answer patients’ questions?
                • Jill needs to become familiar with which gynecologic disorders?
                • What are the primary malignancies of the female reproductive system?
                • How should Peggy assist the provider with a Pap test?
                • How can Peggy teach patients to perform breast self-examination?
                • What are the stages of pregnancy and birth?
                • How can Peggy help patients understand issues that can arise with menopause?
                • What are the typical diagnostic procedures used in obstetrics and gynecology?