Women's Health Sub-Specialty

Program Description

The subspecialty in Women's Health is designed to provide students in the Adult, Pediatric or Family specialty programs the opportunity to academically and clinically specialize in women's health care across the life cycle. A woman-centered approach to care, appropriate for all ages, races and socioeconomic classes, and in urban, suburban, and rural settings, is reflected in both the didactic and clinical curricula.

Students will develop an understanding of diagnosis and management in women's health by:

  • Spending classroom and clinical time developing a comprehensive knowledge base women’s health
  • Completing a total of 240 hours in women’s health specific clinical hours, including a practicum (120 hours, 2 credits) that is tailored to the student's main clinical interests whenever possible and may include general gynecological, obstetrical (antepartum/postpartum), and family planning care as well as more specialized, short-term clinical training opportunities in, for example, reproductive system oncology, infertility, or high risk pregnancy. An additional 120 hours of clinical practicum time in the student’s primary specialty is also dedicated to women's health.
  • Completing the subspecialty coursework (3 classes, 8 credits) which emphasizes fundamental, maternal-newborn physiology and diagnosis and management of common women’s health conditions including normal pregnancy and office gynecology, including, but not limited to,  menstrual disorders, STIs, family planning, and care of menopausal women.
  • Participating in a weekly clinical discussion group included in the WH practicum credits offers a more in depth learning experience via student case presentation and faculty led discussion

The general practitioner who subspecializes in women's health will be well equipped to work in a variety of healthcare settings. These include both traditional primary care settings where they can additionally and confidently provide specialty women’s health services, or, alternatively, more specialized obstetric/fertility, gynecology, or family planning settings that serve women across the life cycle. Students who choose the Women's Health subspecialty are not eligible for certification or licensure as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

The Program Director for the subspecialty in Women's Health is Adena Bargad, PhD, MSN, CNM.

Clinical Sites

Clinical sites are available primarily in New York City, but there are some sites available throughout the tri-state area and beyond. Clinical sites can be permanent or rotating. Every effort is made to tailor the clinical site to the student's clinical interests and learning styles. Clinical sites vary in setting and include hospitals, out-patient primary care clinics, student health services, and family planning clinics to name a few. The clinical practicum (N8461, Practicum in Women's Health) will be offered every semester (Fall, Spring and Summer), and students will be able to register for 1-2 credits depending on several factors, including clinical site availability and number of sub-specialty program participants.


Course Number Course Name Credits
N6150 Maternal-Fetal-Newborn Physiology 2
N8461 Practicum in Women’s Health 2
N8476 Well Woman Gynecology: Didactic 3
N8482 Care of Childbearing Women: Antepartum and Postpartum Care 3
  Total Credits 10

The above information is current as of 02/2014 and is subject to change.











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