IND514.23

Ambulatory Care for Women: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Director(s): Erik Alexander, Kari Braaten, Eve Rittenberg
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience or equivalent
Offered: May, Jul, Oct, Nov, Jan, Mar
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The course will familiarize students with healthcare and preventive measures specific to the women's health specialty - treating those patients who are female bodied and identify as women and/or gender nonconforming - and the care of women throughout their adult lives. Students will learn about how sex and gender inform medicine with primary care physicians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and specialists in an outpatient setting. They will have the opportunity to work with physicians focusing on women’s health across these interdisciplinary fields. The course will include a focus on the role of social determinants of health, including violence and trauma. Students will be taught principles and techniques of trauma-informed care for all patients. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of medical literature and current practices for topics specific to women’s health, and students will learn a sex- and gender-informed perspective on the presentation, treatment, and outcomes of disease in women. Primarily the clinic experiences will focus on cis women, with special attention to the diversity among patients who seek out women's health specialists. This course will utilize a flipped classroom model. Students will be provided a formal core curriculum in evidence-based women’s health to read and/or view prior to each clinic session. They will be exposed to evidence-based medicine in practice through observing and participating in clinical encounters. Additionally, they will have dedicated time to discuss these curricular materials with their preceptors. Students will produce a capstone project on a topic of their choice and will present their work during the final week of the course; outstanding projects will have the opportunity to be incorporated into the course curriculum for future students.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
This course will utilize a flipped classroom model. Students will be provided a formal core curriculum in evidence-based women’s health to read and/or view prior to each clinic session. They will be exposed to evidence-based medicine in practice through observing and participating in clinical encounters. Additionally, they will have dedicated time to discuss these curricular materials with their preceptors.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Exceptional knowledge and understanding of the materials covered. Extremely skillful in physical evaluation. Outstanding communicator. Level of professional interactions with staff and colleagues exceeds expectations. Quality of capstone project is outstanding, appropriate to incorporate into the didactic curriculum for future students in the course.

Honors: Well informed, excellent knowledge on most aspects of the clerkship. Judgment consistently sound. Good physical exam skills. Consistently able to express thoughts clearly. A very good team worker. Quality of capstone project is excellent.

Satisfactory: Well informed on most aspects of the clerkship. Judgment is usually sound and reasonable. Organizes and expresses thoughts concisely on routine subjects. Reasonable physical exam skills. Gets along well with most people. Quality of capstone project is good.

Unsatisfactory: Has unsatisfactory general knowledge of the clerkship. Is prone to neglect or misinterpret facts. Commits occasional errors in judgment. Sometimes indifferent to patients and to the medical team. Fails to come to appointed sessions as previously determined, fails to complete a final project, or whose project demonstrates little effort.