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Women's Health Education Program

Students in the Women's Health Education program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Drexel University College of Medicine's Women's Health Education Program (WHEP), part of the Department of Medicine, is one of six original National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. WHEP is committed to advocating for women's health issues in medicine. Our efforts are directed toward long- and short-term change, with the hope that the future physicians we train will view women's health as a fundamental element of medical care that is more than reproductive health.

Meet WHEP Scholars Allison Gutierrez and Amanda Reich

Amanda Reich

Amanda Reich, MD Program Student and Women's Health Education Program Scholar "I spent the summer between my first and second year of medical school as an advanced ninth grade math teacher, teaching Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. The class was made up of three boys and one girl. The class was fun, but I wondered why it was made up of more boys than girls. This is also something I thought about a lot while I was growing up. Being a woman who always loved math and science, I was usually the minority in the room in terms of gender. I researched this and found that there's something called "mathematics anxiety." There are strong psychological and social aspects to this, as well as a biological basis for it. Female stereotypes are reinforced from a young age, causing women to shy away from the fields of science and math, even though they're just as capable and just as intelligent, based on having the same GPAs and same grades in school. I wondered a lot about that discrepancy, so I spent a lot of time doing a literature review about that topic and wrote a paper about it." Learn more about Amanda.

WHEP Blog

Improving Healthcare Encounters of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Taking the History
Monday, February 18, 2019

Take Health Into Your Hands: Understanding the Gag Rule
Monday, February 18, 2019

Improving Healthcare Encounters of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Setting the Stage
Monday, February 11, 2019

Check out these posts and more on our WHEP Blog.

Women's Health Seminar Series

The Women's Health Seminar Series is open to any students and faculty interested in attending. Typically held on select evenings (5:30-7:00 p.m.) at the Queen Lane Campus, each seminar is recorded to be available for all. Please join us!

Featured Scholar Project

Prevention of Morbidity in Individuals with a History of Male-to-Female Sex Assignment Surgery
The transgender community is a vulnerable population at increased risk for a number of adverse health outcomes including surgical complications, development of cancers, and chronic disease. In addition to the psychosocial challenges associated with being transgender, these patients are also at increased risk for medical comorbidities that health care providers cannot prevent or manage unless they are aware of their patient’s transgender status.

Katherine Thompson, Drexel WHEP Scholar
Learn more about Katherine Thompson's project.

 

About the Women's Health Education Program

Our mission is to innovate, educate, advocate and integrate by preparing tomorrow's physicians for excellence in health care delivery to all women across the lifespan.

Our goal is to train medical students to be physicians who treat patients holistically and are active listeners who integrate new knowledge with clinical care.

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