Women tend to utilize health care services more frequently than their male counterparts. They may present with complaints that are either unique to women (i.e., obstetric and gynecologic processes), or are expressed differently (i.e., atypical presentation of coronary artery disease). The Women’s Health Curriculum will allow medical students to explore the care of the female patient utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. The course will provide an understanding in the foundation of basic sciences and pathophysiological aspects of common clinical syndromes and diseases in women’s health. At the conclusion of this four week curriculum, the student will have a better understanding of common women’s health issues and the appropriate need for the interaction of multiple disciplines to achieve these goals.
The course will be taught by a combination of basic science and clinical faculty. The student will experience learning in a variety of media; lecture, FLIP, case-based, anatomy and histology labs, small group, role playing, team-based and self-directed learning.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehensive history/physical exam and communication skills focused on women health issues.
2. Identify key anatomical structures and describe physiological concepts in relation to women’s health and disease processes.
3. Understand and describe key principles of pharmacology in major drugs used in women’s health and diseases.
4. Explain the common nutrition and biochemistry concepts with nutrition-related syndromes and diseases.
5. Recognize common pathological processes as well as normal and abnormal histopathology of women’s diseases.
6. Know the current issues in preventative care and principles of counseling and education for disease prevention.
7. Understand basic genetics and molecular biology in relationship to reproduction and oncology in women’s diseases.
8. Recognize organ based woman’s health issues.
9. Understand and recognize the common ethical conflicts in women’s health.
10. Work collaboratively as part of a team to develop skills in medical problem solving, critical thinking, and self-directed and lifelong learning.