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Background: Patients expect comprehensive, gender-specific care; yet studies reveal that few residency programs in internal medicine provide dedicated training in women’s health and gender-based medicine. Further, graduates are unable to demonstrate competency to care for female and gender-diverse patients.
Objectives: To produce a sex and gender-based women’s health curriculum, written explicitly for primary care providers to guide the care of women and gender-diverse patients, and to be used as a curriculum to educate learners.
Methods: In collaboration with Springer Nature, development of this online and inprint textbook began in 2017. Topics were chosen with input from women’s health experts and are tailored to gender-based conditions commonly evaluated, diagnosed, and/or managed in the primary care setting. Authors were then recruited nationally for each topic. Using evidenced-based medicine principles, chapters were formatted for consistency to include the epidemiology, physiology/pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, differential diagnosis, diagnostic approach, and treatment for each topic, when appropriate. Each chapter has clear, measurable learning objectives, summary statements, and multiplechoice questions with annotated answers to check understanding and help earn CME and MOC credit. With 39 chapters and >600 pages, sections are comprehensive and include Breast and Gynecologic Health and Disease, Obstetric Medicine, Chronic Pain Disorders, Mental Health and Trauma, LGBTQ Health, Common Medical Conditions (osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease), and Foundations of Women’s Health, which highlights the history, disparities, and future of women’s and gender-based healthcare.
Conclusions/Impact: This is the first comprehensive curricular resource written by clinical women’s health physicians, using the most up-to-date evidence, clinical guidelines, expert opinion, and clinical pearls. Our goal is to provide a guide that can serve as a quick point-of-care clinical reference for a specific topic or as a longitudinal curriculum for learners in any primary care discipline, especially programs where women’s health and gender-specific curricula and champions are sparse.
womens health education, sex and gender education
Tilstra, S.; Dolan, B. M.; Mitchell, J. L.; Carson, M. P.; and Kwolek, D. S., ""Sex and Gender-Based Women's Health: A Practical Guide for Primary Care" - A Resource for Learning and Teaching" (2020). Sex and Gender Health Education Summit 2020 – Virtual Meeting. 30.