Division of Women’s Health Education & Training  

Overview

In keeping with the goal of translating progressive research into new best practices for clinical care, the Division of Women’s Health is implementing women’s health educational initiatives across each level of medical education. The division’s clinical sites throughout Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) offer unique opportunities to medical students, residents, fellows and physicians to learn the most recent updates on sex- and gender-informed care.

Medical Student Education | Harvard Medical School

Building on our partnership with Harvard Medical School (HMS), we have developed a women’s health clinical elective for medical students that emphasizes new understandings in gender-informed medicine across a person’s lifespan. Students will gain a multifaceted perspective on women’s health through learning in varied clinical environments. The elective is primarily based at the interdisciplinary Gretchen S. and Edward A. Fish Center for Women’s Health (Fish Center) and offers unique opportunities in outpatient training in primary care, medical specialties, neurology, behavioral health and family planning, among other specialties. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the division-affiliated C.A.R.E. Clinic and the Bridges to Moms Clinic.

Resident Education

The Division of Women’s Health is involved in a wide range of teaching venues for the internal medicine residency including morning report, ambulatory didactic sessions, noon conferences and precepting. The Fish Center is the second-largest internal medicine ambulatory teaching site at BWH with approximately twelve internal medicine residents per year in addition to serving as a training site for fellows in gastroenterology and neurology. The Fish Center’s primary care faculty are heavily involved in teaching and mentoring students, and residents can arrange for additional elective time with primary care and the other specialties. Training in advanced family planning may be available to selected residents as well.

Women's Health Interest Group

The Division of Women’s Health also hosts a women’s health interest group for internal medicine residents, meeting quarterly to connect residents with faculty who share interest in women’s health and to discuss timely and relevant papers.

Continuing Medical Education

Medical Grand Rounds

Throughout the year, our division faculty participate in multiple Medical Grand Rounds, at BWH and external institutions. Watch Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, the Division of Women's Health Chief, deliver the presentation “Sex and Gender: The First Elements of Precision Medicine” which examines the elements of precision medicine with a sex- and gender-informed lens: click here to watch the video.

Karsh Visiting Professorship In Women’s Health

The Division of Women’s Health has hosted several special Medical Grand Rounds in honor of the Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh Visiting Professorship in Women’s Health. This visiting professorship in women’s health, among the first in the nation, brings in renowned leaders in women’s health to present to, and discuss with, medical staff the most significant and recent advances in women’s health.

Future events: May 1, 2020, please check back for details.

Past events:

2019 | Stephanie Faubion, MD, MBA, FACP, Penny and Bill George Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Women's Health; Medical Director, The North American Menopause Society
Menopause Management in 2019 · Click here to watch the video.

2016 | Doris A. Taylor, PhD, FAAC, FAHA, Director, Regenerative Medicine Research & Director, Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, Texas Heart Institute
Considering Sex and Gender in Cardiovascular Repair · Click here to watch the video.

2013 | Inaugural Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Visiting Professorship in Women’s Health Symposium: Women’s Health: The Future is Now
Sonia Anand, MD, PhD, McMaster University
Molly Carnes, MD, MS, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Rose Fife, MD, MPH, Indiana University School of Medicine
JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, BWH & Harvard Medical School
Noel Bairey Merz, MD, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center

Women's Health Clinical Seminars

Our Women’s Health Clinical Seminars offers the most up-to-date research on how providers can coordinate and treat women’s specific health conditions across multiple disciplines. Begun in 2005, the monthly seminars are led by both HMS faculty and outside experts and address a wide variety of topics. In the 2018-2019 series, experts presented on chronic opioid therapy, mental health, headache, cardiovascular disease (risk assessment and prevention), lupus, polycystic ovarian syndrome, stress testing, implicit bias and somatization from the perspective of women’s health.

The seminar series’ learning objectives include:

  1. Integrating management of common issues in women’s health care delivery and knowledge
  2. Evaluating patients’ overall health status from a multidisciplinary point of view and based on sex and gender differences
  3. Reviewing and translating shared patients’ co-morbidities effectively with other providers on the care team
  4. Demonstrating the application of trauma-informed care through the nurturing of a culture of health and safety by increasing competence and resilience among providers and patients

Upcoming seminars: the seminars meet monthly at noon at the Fish Center, see contact details below for more information.

Advancing Women’s Health: An Annual Update

The Division of Women’s Health hosted its inaugural annual CME symposium in May 2019, entitled “Advancing Women’s Health: A 2019 Update.” The day-long course focused on updating physicians with the most current sex- and gender-informed clinical best practices in medicine and other specialties. Attendees heard from eleven speakers on a variety of topics including emerging areas of care in adult women’s health, such as trauma-informed care (TIC), and updates in women’s health policies. The course also provided updates in the care of menopause, an underrepresented area in many educational opportunities.

Future events: October 2020, please check back for details.

Questions?

For questions or more information about any of the programs or activities listed above, please contact Maya Behn: mbehn@bwh.harvard.edu | 617-525-7973.

Research Education

Please see the Research Education and Training for more information about research training opportunities.

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