Introduction: This tutorial was designed to address the existing gaps in women's health training. It provides modules in a variety of electronic formats that can be used by medical educators alone or as a supplement to a clinical rotation for primary care residents and/or medical students. This course is designed to teach participants about the primary care of women, with special attention to contraception, menopause, and preventive care. Methods: The tutorial includes 14 content modules with various teaching formats and two self-assessment quizzes. The content modules include information on the following topics: breast disorders, cardiovascular disease in women, contraception, eating disorders, female urologic disorders, menopause, menstrual disorders, osteoporosis, pap smears, polycystic ovarian syndrome, vaginitis, women’s cancer screening, women’s disease prevention, and women’s health trials. The self-study quizzes are on topics related to differences and disparities, and medication safety in pregnancy. Results: This curriculum was implemented for use in the internal medicine residency program at West Virginia University in September 2006. It enabled our internal medicine program to satisfy the mandatory requirement for women's health training. Pre-/posttests were completed by residents, and standard evaluations were completed by residents after completion of the rotation. Feedback from residents has been positive regarding the online tutorial and several residents suggested that all clinical rotations should contain such components. Discussion: We are confident that the material in this tutorial is appropriate for training medical students, family medicine residents and internal medicine residents. This was the first time a computer format was used in the internal medicine residency program for a rotation at our institution, and it was well-received. As a result of this project, many sections within the department of medicine are developing similar online courses and tutorials for use on their rotations. An orientation session with learners at the beginning of the rotation enhanced understanding of the expectations.
By the end of this session, learners will be able to:
- Competently document a comprehensive history and physical examination on women with particular focus on gynecologic complaints, menopausal issues, contraception, and preventive care.
- Gain medical knowledge on concepts related to women’s health.
- Critically appraise evidence from scientific studies and apply it to patients’ health problems.
- Use information technology to manage information and access online medical resources to support self-education, patient care decisions, and patient education.
- Use evidence-based medicine in practicing women's health.
- Understand the systematic barriers that women are faced with in receiving healthcare in the United States.
- Understanding the importance of gender-specific healthcare research.
- Learn the importance of developing strategies to improve delivery of services to women and to increase the quality of care provided to women.
- Understand the importance of and how to achieve cost-effective therapy.
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