Women’s History Month 2016 – education efforts

March 28, 2016 MCW News - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted online during the month of March. The vignettes highlight some of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made. The stories also highlight MCW programs that improve women’s health or help develop female students, physicians, researchers, educators and leaders. 

All of the vignettes and stories will be added to the MCW Honoring Diversity Web page as they are published. 

This story focuses on our education efforts.

Education efforts aimed at improving women’s health 

Women’s Health Conference
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will be sponsoring the Women’s Health Conference on Friday, May 6. The audience for the conference includes family practitioners, obstetricians/gynecologists, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and registered nurses. Topics at this year’s conference will include obesity and weight loss in women's health, preconception counseling in the face of maternal medical complications, diversity in health systems, breast cancer screening updates, incontinence and elder care in women's health, case discussions in abnormal pap screening, genetic counseling in women's health, and diagnosis and management of polycystic ovarian syndrome. More information is available on our website.  

Medical Education Research 
Educational research is a cornerstone in the preparation and advancement of today’s physician. To address this requirement, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology relentlessly investigates for best practices among medical students, residents, and teaching faculty.  In turn, women of all ages, races, and cultures receive the highest quality of care.

Current educational scholarship includes:
•    Gender bias awareness and prevention 
•    Integration of culturally responsive care
•    Simulation-based learning 
•    Resident-led research
•    Online and distance learning 
•    Disparities in women’s health
•    Providing effective feedback

Please see our website for additional information on education for medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the three-year Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program integrates the areas of clinical research, education, and clinical care for high-risk obstetric patients and their unborn babies. Our very first fellow, Anna McCormick, DO, started in July 2015. We are happy to have successfully matched our 2016-17 fellow, Amanda Johnson, MD, and look forward to her arrival this July. Please see the maternal-fetal medicine fellowship website for more information on the maternal fetal medicine fellowship program.

Student Programs
The MCW student chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association, run by MCW medical students, promotes the advancement of women in medicine and the improvement of women’s health by providing educational seminars, interaction among female medical students and physicians, leadership opportunities to its members, and opportunities for community service. This past year, the organization held a clothing drive for a women's shelter, raised funds for Susan G. Komen breast cancer research, prepped/served food at the Ronald McDonald House, and coordinated the “Ms. Medical Mastermind” event to introduce medical school to high school students of diverse backgrounds.  

National Women’s Executive Leadership Program
Since 1997, 13 Medical College of Wisconsin women faculty members have been selected for the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women.

The faculty members selected include: (* indicates the person is not a current member of the MCW faculty, but participated in the program as a MCW faculty member)

•    Elizabeth Ellinas, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Women’s Leadership (2015-2016)
•    Diane W. Braza, MD, Chair and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2013-2014) 
•    Ann Rosenthal, MD, Will and Cava Ross Professor of Medicine, Chief of Rheumatology and Vice Chair for Faculty Development Department of Medicine, (2012-2013)
•    Julie A. Panepinto, MD, MSPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Effectiveness Research, (2011-2012)
•    Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine (2010-2011)*
•    Patricia A. Donohoue, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, (2009-2010)
•    Beth A. Drolet, MD,  Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics and Vice Chair of Dermatology (2008-2009)
•    Judy R. Kersten, MD, Department of Anesthesiology (2006-2007)*
•    Mary F. Otterson, MD, Professor of Surgery (2004-2005)
•    Gabriele E. Sonnenberg, MD, Department of Medicine (2002-2003)*
•    Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Kellner Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, and , Director of Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships (1998-1999)
•    Karen J. Marcdante, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (1997-1998)
•    Julie Freischlag, MD, Department of Surgery (1996-1997)*

Administered by Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, the one-year program prepares senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. The curriculum combines traditional MBA training, such as finance and organizational theory, which is oriented toward the academic health center environment. It also incorporates activities that enhance personal and professional development around leadership, career advancement, communication, and the use of information and learning technologies.

Society of Teaching Scholars and Edward J. Lennon Endowed Clinical Teaching Award
MCW is nationally recognized for its innovation in medical education, and women faculty have played a vital role as innovators, scholars and leaders in medical school education, continuing education, and graduate education. The Medical College of Wisconsin was among the first medical schools in the United States to form a Society of Teaching Scholars (STS) to recognize educators, and induction into the society recognizes leadership, innovation, and teaching excellence. Many women faculty have been inducted. Current female faculty who are members of STS, in order of induction:

•    Karen Marcdante, MD, Professor of Pediatrics  (1995)
•    Margaret Wong-Riley, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy (1996)
•    Cecilia Hillard, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Director of the Neuroscience Research Center (2002)
•    Joan Bedinghaus, MD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine (2005)
•    Elena Holak, MD, Pharm D, Professor of Anesthesiology (2009)
•    Linda Meurer, MD, MPH, Professor of Family and Community Medicine (2009)
•    Beth Krippendorf, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy (2010)
•    Kathryn Lauer, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Anesthesiology (2010)
•    Diane Braza, MD, Chair and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2011)
•    Julie Mitchell, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of General Internal Medicine (2011)
•    Sally Twining, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry (2012)
•    Katie Denson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) (2014)
•    Carol Ping Tsao, MD, JD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (2014)
•    Monica O’Sullivan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2015)

Former President and Dean Dr. Edward J. Lennon established The Edward J. Lennon Endowed Clinical Teaching Award to annually recognize one full-time MCW faculty member in the early part of his/her career who has clearly "made a difference" in the teaching programs of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Women are frequently selected for this high honor, reflective of their excellence as teachers and emerging leadership roles as residency and fellowship directors, course directors, and educational innovators. Current female faculty members who have received the award, in the order selected:

•    Wendy Larson-Peltier, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology (1999)
•    Patricia Lye, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Hospital Medicine (2000)
•    Elena Holak, MD, PharmD, Professor of Anesthesiology (2003)
•    Kathryn Denson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics and Gerontology) (2006)
•    Nancy Havas, MD, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine (2009)
•    Kimberly Stoner, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) (2011)
•    Heather Toth, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) (2012)
•    Jennifer Connolly, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, (2013)
•    Kris Harlander Saudek, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) (2014)
•    Catherine Ferguson, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) (2015)

Women’s Health Education Programs for Students, Residents and Faculty
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a variety of courses and fellowships aimed at teaching students, residents and faculty members about women’s health issues.

Family and Community Medicine: Women’s Health – Family Centered Care Emphasizing Ob is a clinical elective for fourth-year medical students offered by the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Participants work with faculty and staff at the Columbia St. Mary’s Family Health Center to obtain a comprehensive clinical experience in family medicine emphasizing women’s health and obstetrics. 

Women’s Health Elective—Internal Medicine Residency Program is an elective for General Internal Medicine residents that offers participants an overview on how to provide comprehensive women’s healthcare.  This experience gives future internal medicine specialists a view of women’s health procedures from the patient’s perspective and more understanding of subspecialty approaches across disciplines. 

Zablocki VA Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health is a two-year academic fellowship aimed at training MDs and Doctorates in women’s health, with the goal of improving the health of women veterans. The funding for the fellowship program was awarded based on work within the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.  Fellows receive experience from experts in MCW’s Departments of Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Urology. The fellowship prepares participants for an academic career, offering a choice among research, clinical and education tracks.  PhD fellows come from allied health fields such as psychology and nursing, the latter through collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

M3 clerkship and M4 elective courses available to students

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