As Dr Martin Stone so aptly points out in his preface to Obstetrics and Gynecology for Medical Students, the comprehensive standard textbooks in our field fail to meet the unique needs of medical students engaged in their clerkships. Such has been the case for almost 20 years. Available books have either been encyclopedic, confined solely to obstetrics or gynecology, or so limited in their scope that they could be perused in two evenings but failed to provide references or a stimulus for additional study. The problem of an inappropriate text often was compounded by a foreshortening of the clerkship in many schools to six or fewer weeks.
Fortunately for students, the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) long ago developed instructional objectives for a Clinical Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This document was regularly modified by a committee based upon commentary and suggestions from educators throughout the country.