The American Medical Women’s Association advocates to bring under-addressed issues to the forefront of the national agenda.
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AMWA is one of many partners helping to explore the Impact of Gender/Sex on Innovation And Novel Technologies (iGIANT). Read more.
In 2015, AMWA, the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, Mayo Clinic, the Society for Women’s Health Research, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center co-sponsored the Sex and Gender Medical Education Summit, Oct. 18-19, 2015, Mayo Clinic. Read about the Summit here.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Women’s Health Timeline: 30 Achievements in Women’s Health in 30 Years. Click here
German researchers launch innovative gender medicine database – GenderMedDB with more than 11,000 articles incorporating sex and/or gender-specific research. Click here
Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative
Translating Sex and Gender Specific Science into Clinical Care of Women
Evidence Based Sex & Gender Focused Resources
The Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative (www.sgwhc.org) is a universally accessible site for educational content and teaching tools focused on sex- and gender-specific resources for clinicians, medical faculty and students, and health practitioners. Established by members of leading women’s health organizations and the largest women physician’s organization in the U.S., the SGWHC aims to improve women’s health by applying evidence-based medicine to the specific issues, concerns, and medical care of women. – See more at: http://sgwhc.org/resources/journal-articles/sex-and-gender-competency-in-medicine/
Formerly the Advancing Women’s Health Initiative, this project has been in development since 2009. To date, the site boasts over 200 members, 22 collaborating organizations, and over 600 journal articles, curricular materials, presentations, teaching tools, and case studies. Our blog has hosted over 100 news and discussion topics. A list of our collaborative organizations can be found on the site, including several of the Centers of Excellence in WH, the Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health, and Drexel University’s Institute for Women’s Health.
- Establish and expand a comprehensive, digitally accessible repository of evidence-based sex- and gender- specific resources and content by partnering with medical institutions, professional organizations, government entities, educators, and others,
- Promote an understanding of the impact that sex and gender have on individual health status, clinical outcomes, and healthcare systems,
- Facilitate inclusion of sex and gender sensitivity into medical curricula and training of future physicians and healthcare professionals.
And, ultimately, to improve the way we deliver healthcare, recognizing and applying evidence-based medicine to the specific issues, concerns, symptoms, and medical responses that affect women – a truly Woman-Centered approach to care.
The NBME Project
The SGWHC has created the National Board of Medical Examiners Task Force, a group of 30 renowned national thought leaders in women’s health and gender-specific medicine. This group has created a list of over 200 Competencies in the field, which will be published and can be used by educational institutions to create curricula. This task force met with the NBME in 2012 to review all three physician certifying exams. They were able to give some ideas and urge attention to gaps in sex and gender content for the exams. As a result, one of our members is now on the Women’s Health Task Force Writing Group of the NBME. She has already attended a session and submitted over 30 questions which address sex and gender differences.
- Become the networking site for basic science, medical researchers and faculty about sex and gender specific medicine.
- Emerge as a virtual women’s health journal club that fosters discussion on articles with critical appraisal of literature from a sex and gender informed perspective
- Create sex and gender specific webinars and apps to foster electronic learning.
Call to Action
To join or Participate, you are encouraged to do three things:
- Subscribe: Go to www.sgwhc.org and fill in your email address to become a subscriber. This will entitle you to judicious and timely sex and gender research, email blasts on important sex and gender news.
Consider donating: It’s easy! The DONATE button is located on the lower right side of the Home Page. That button takes you to a secure site where you can donate directly to the SGWHC project, and you will automatically get a receipt showing that it is tax-deductible
- Join a Working Group: Look over the chart below and decide in which area you have interests or expertise and are able to commit your time and energy to help us continue to grow and advance the SGWHC mission. You can contact our managing editor, Jodi Godfrey at email@example.com to ask questions and to sign up as a participant. Each chair will be creating the long and short term goals for his/her working group. This is an opportunity for you to align your professional or personal interests in a more concrete way.
- Advocate: There are many opportunities to advocate for transparency for sex and gender differences in all of your clinical and academic work. If you are a reviewer for a journal, ask the “Why does X make a difference?” question. If you teach, invite your students to contribute materials to the site. The Case Studies section is especially interesting to students, and allows them to add to their CV.