Prenatal Labs

This OSCE station gives the student a copy of recent prenatal lab results at a 9-week gestational age visit.

The student is asked to review the labs, identify abnormal values, and write down a brief plan for managing any abnormality.

This seems like a reasonable task for the students:

  • It is the 5th APGO Educational Objective for Undergraduate Medical Education (“Explain the normal physiologic changes of pregnancy including interpretation of common diagnostic studies.”)
  • The students are all generally familiar with pregnancy lab results, having spent time in the OB clinics.
  • Since our OSCE is “open book”, the student can look up any lab value they are questioning, if they don’t remember the normal pregnancy values.
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Notes from a Medical Educator