In 1850, this country's first medical school for women was founded in Philadelphia. Today, as Drexel University College of Medicine, the institution continues its historic commitment to women's health education by integrating women's health issues (including basic science, clinical and psychosocial aspects) into Foundations and Frontiers teaching cases. The process involves examination of all the cases to ensure equal representation of women and men, and avoidance of stereotypes.
Recognizing that diversity issues are important in diagnosing and treating women, we include opportunities for learning about racial, ethnic, economic and lifestyle issues. Cases have also been examined to include important content issues like domestic violence, menopause, eating disorders, premenstrual syndrome, osteoporosis, etc. Relevant gender differences in presentation of therapy between men and women have been highlighted.
Programs for Medical Students – Year 1 & 2
Women's Health Seminar Series
The Women's Health Seminar Series is an annual series consisting of 11 seminars providing in-depth learning in a multidisciplinary, interactive fashion on a broad range of women's health topics.
Women's Health Scholar Program
Students have the opportunity to earn the formal designation of Women's Health Scholar by fulfilling four requirements that demonstrate advanced scholarship in women's health:
- Women's Health Seminar Series elective
- Scholarly paper/research
- Vetted community experience
- Educational resource
The Women's Health Scholar's Program is a great opportunity for medical students to explore sex and gender differences in medicine first hand. Working in Philadelphia to complete their requirements exposes students to a wide range of social issues within the city, allowing them to not only build their knowledge on women's health issues, but on cultural competency in a variety of populations. Learn more about the Women's Health Scholar Program requirements. [PDF]
Meet our women's health scholars!
Programs for Medical Students – Year 4
Women's Health Fourth-Year Electives
We offer women's health electives for fourth year students interested in more intense women's health training. For specific requirements for each elective, please see the Senior Elective Catalog and/or contact our office.
This elective is for those students interested in developing skills in academic medicine in women's health. Students will perform a literature review, critically analyze the literature, develop and refine a research question and generate a final product (paper or curriculum) exploring a topic in girls' and women's health.
This elective is divided into acquiring advanced knowledge in both clinical and academic areas of sex and gender medicine (SGM). Students will enhance their knowledge, attitudes and skills in delivery of girls' or women's health by working in three settings: comprehensive primary care, subspecialty care and community. A variety of clinical settings are offered depending on the student’s specialty of interest, setting availability and time of year. A project (paper / poster / health ed material) on a selected topic and participation and attendance at SGM Seminar Series during the specific ambulatory block is required. Students will participate in journal club / discussions about SGM in clinical, basic science, psycho-social and research issues.
This elective provides an opportunity to learn about primary care for college women in multi-disciplinary health settings through site visits to the student health clinic, counseling center, psychiatry/psychology services, crisis center, student life, public health and university police/public safety departments. Areas explored include substance abuse, body image, sexual health, gender Identity, common acute illnesses, common learning and mental health disorders, immunizations, travel medicine and campus violence/sexual assault.
Students will explore issues facing healthcare providers from the perspective of the community impact on health by working in a community-based setting that focuses on issues for girls and women. They will learn about the physician's role when interfacing with social service agencies, describe the patient experience from a community perspective, enhance skills in communication with respect to health education and advocacy, analyze and articulate the processes of accessing care from the community and patient perspective, articulate the implications of social and economic factors, and describe how to partner with community groups and agencies in order to order to form effective collaborations that benefit patients.
Students will learn about public policy structure and function while working on discrete issues influencing women and girls. In researching a specific topic related to public policy in women's health and generating a paper/project on that topic, students will describe the role of the physician in health policy and explain the process of making systemic change in health through the public policy system.
Resources for Medical Students
Please see other resources available for medical students on our resources page.
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