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Care Across the Life Cycle Block

Case Based Learning (CBL) is Tuesday afternoon starting at 1 pm, unless otherwise noted on your schedule. Complete your weekly pre-CBL requirements on Canvas! Your required continuity clinic - 1/2 day a week in a specialty, or WARM, 1 day every other week - is also on your schedule.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Care Across the Life Cycle Block
Downtime materials


Topics covered: 

  • Delirium in the clinic
  • Dementia in the clinic
  • Depression in the elderly
  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment
  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment Instructions

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Geriatrics rotation

Watch these videos prior to your Geriatrics rotation:

Mother/Child Dyad Week during OB/Gyn

During your 12-week CALC block, you will have one week devoted to exploring the maternal-child dyad of labor, delivery and postpartum care. It will be an opportunity to follow a mother-child pairing through the entire process and have a unique view at what goes on behind the scenes and not just the physician/patient interface. Your point of entry at the beginning of the week will be the on-call Labor and Delivery obstetrician.

You will present on your Exploration Project in either week 6 or week 12 to your peers - depending on if you had OB/Gyn during the first six or last six weeks of the rotation.


OB/Gyn rotation

If you are starting OB/Gyn in the last 6 weeks of CALC, review information on Orientation site and watch the videos posted there.

OB/Gyn Rotation Requirements

Things to know

  • OB/Gyn Clinic is on the 3rd Floor of the Main Clinic
    Ultrasound Clinic is located on 3rd Floor Main Clinic, check in at front desk
  • Get your scrubs from the student scrub machine on 2nd Floor Heritage, even when you are on L&D
  • OB/Gyn OR is located in the general OR on the 2nd floor of the Heritage Building

Pre-reading before BLTs

  • Canvas Pre-BLT Materials

Week 2: Pregnancy


Reading materials: 

  • At Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence Obstetric and Gynecologic Implications
  • Marijuana Usage in Pregnancy
  • Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive Age
  • Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
  • Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnostic Testing for Genetic Disorders
  • Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy

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Week 3: Delivery


Reading materials:

  • Fetal Growth Restriction
  • Obstetric Analgesia and Anesthesia
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Shoulder Dystocia

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Week 8: Well women's care

Reading materials:

  • Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention
  • Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women
  • Management of Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Week 9: Common women's health issues


Reading materials:

  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Management of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Associated with Ovulatory Dysfunction
  • Urinary Incontinence in Women

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Pediatrics rotation

Important documents

Recommended texts

Red Book
Gladiator Homepage>Top Clinical Resources>Health Sciences Library>Quick Links - Resources A to Z>Red Book Online
(access free through Gundersen)

Things to know

  • If the provider you are scheduled to be with isn't available, the department will need to place you with someone else
  • When you are on call, you will be on from 5 to 11 pm during the week. Weekend call hours are 8 am - 11 pm
  • Clinic start time is 8 am unless your provider tells you otherwise
  • NICU: arrive at 7:30 am in scrubs, 5th Floor Legacy
  • Hem/Onc: arrive at 8 am, 2nd Floor East Building
  • Peds Specialties are located on 3rd Floor Heritage

Mini-lectures for Inpatient

Topics covered:

  • Viral Croup 
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Fever
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Acute Bronchitis

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Contact information
Block Director

Dr. Kelly Hodgson Kline
(608) 372-4111

Geriatrics Rotation Lead

Dr. Mary Bassing
(608) 775-2805

Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotation Lead

Dr. Ken Merkitch
(608) 775-2204

Pediatrics Rotation Lead

Dr. Lori Weber
(608) 775-1534

Program Coordinator

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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