The purpose of the Women’s Health Track is to help participating medical students learn to address their patients’ gender based health needs throughout their careers, regardless of their chosen specialty.
Participants will learn to:
- Compare differences in biological functions, development, and pharmacologic response in males and females.
- Discuss the patho-physiology, etiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment options for conditions that are more common, more serious, or have interventions that are different in women.
- Discuss the patho-physiology, etiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment options for conditions and functions that are specific to women.
- Discuss the impact of gender-based societal and cultural roles and context on health care and on women.
- Assess and counsel women for sex- and gender appropriate reduction of risk, including lifestyle changes and genetic testing.
- Access and critically evaluate new information and adopt best practices that incorporate knowledge of sex and gender differences in health and disease.
These goals and objectives will be met through the students’ active participation in three small group electives spanning the first two phases of the medical school curriculum, through completion of written assignments given during and correlated with their required clerkships, and through the completion of a fourth year elective in women’s health.