Women‘s health knowledge and skills are important for physicians, but training is often inadequate. The objective of this project was to develop, implement, and evaluate a women‘s health curriculum for an internal medicine residency program.
After assessing institutional factors, we developed a curriculum for a multidisciplinary clinical rotation with a web-based tutorial. We recruited faculty from several specialties relevant to the care of women to precept for the rotation and/or to provide teaching materials for the tutorial.
The curriculum for the 1-month rotation covered most of the recommended women‘s health topics. Internal medicine residents worked in a variety of clinical settings and were assigned to a web-based tutorial and a pretest and posttest. A statistically significant increase was seen in participants’ mean posttest (71.7%) versus pretest (61.1%) scores (difference, 10.7%; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 4.7-16.6; P = .0009). No difference was seen in controls’ mean posttest (56.5%) versus pretest (57.2%) scores (difference, -0.7%; 95% CI: -12.1-10.7; P = .9). Mean rotation evaluation responses ranged from 7.09 to 7.45 on a 9-point scale. The majority (93%) of survey respondents agreed that the rotation increased their skills in caring for women, and all agreed the program was well organized and that it increased their awareness of women‘s health issues.
A women‘s health curriculum using a web-based tutorial with a multidisciplinary clinical rotation can be successfully implemented in an internal medicine residency. The curriculum satisfied women‘s health training requirements, was associated with improvements in learning outcomes, and may be a model for women‘s health education.