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Women's Health Certificate Program

Sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women.

Goal: To provide concentrated experiences in women’s health spanning research, clinical training and community outreach.

Contact:  Patricia Scott (, 215-898-3562)


  • Women's Health Intensive Summer Experience (7-weeks during the summer between 1st and 2nd year) – choice of one of the following:
  • Women’s Health Seminar Attendance (12 seminars minimum) between 1st and 4th year a minimum of 12 seminars such as Grand Rounds in OBGYN or other departments on women’s health issues, and relevant FOCUS Lunchtime Seminars.

Contact: Marian Rossi ( to be placed on email notification of OBGYN grand rounds

  • Elective in Women’s Health (1 month) – choice of one of the following:
    • Penn Health for Women at Radnor (coordinators: Drs. Ann Honebrink and Allison Oler)
    • Women’s and Children’s Health Services at Pennsylvania Hospital (coordinator: Dr. Jack Ludmir)
    • HUP Family Planning program

    (See detailed descriptions that follow)

Contact: Philip Mccabe ( to make arrangements to participate in an elective.  Requirement: completion of all clerkships.

Contact: Kurt Barnhart MD ( for more information about research opportunities in Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Contact: Patricia Scott ( or Dr. Anne Cappola ( for more information about the FOCUS Fellowship

A list of faculty who have women's health-related projects and have expressed interest in having students work with them is available on-line.

Electives in Women’s Health

Penn Health for Women at Radnor
Coordinators: Dr. Ann Honebrink, Director of Penn Health for Women and Dr. Allison Oler

Description:  Penn Health for Women is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to women of all ages. Comprehensive services are provided in one convenient location by a team of gynecologists, obstetricians, internists, pediatric & adolescent gynecologist, urogynecologist, reproductive endocrinologists, breast surgeon, psychologists, and nutritionist.  Special programs including yoga, Pilates, weight control & sleep are also available. Close collaborative relationship with other available services on site such as radiology, dermatology, cardiology and GI.

Objective:  To expose the student to a multi-disciplinary collaborative approaches to primary health care for women.  Students will have an opportunity to participate in patient care with different team members as well as meet with the Director of Operations and Patient Services and the practice manager to gain an appreciation of management issues.


  1. Understand the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to Women's Health care
  2. Understand the components of appropriate preventive care for women
  3. Appreciate the administrative challenges and benefits of operating a multi-disciplinary program
  4. Understand implementation of systems for laboratory tracking, follow-up and communication of results to patients
  5. Appreciate administrative issues in operations of a busy ambulatory practice

Availability: All months except July, August and October. Please contact Dr. Honebrink to arrange rotation time.

Women's and Children's Health Services at Pennsylvania Hospital Coordinator: Dr. Jack Ludmir, Chair of Ob/Gyn at Pennsylvania Hospital

Description: Women’s and Children’s Health Services (WCHS) is a not-for profit organization located on the Pennsylvania Hospital campus dedicated to providing health care services to women of all ages from our community and surrounding areas. Most of our patients are underserved and enjoy coming to us because of our reputation for excellence in a caring environment. Health services include: family planning, prenatal care, colposcopy and adolescent gynecology. The care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and nutritionists.  Recently, WCHS has been working together with “Puentes de Salud.” This is a voluntary organization of Penn medical students, nurses and physicians, providing routine gynecologic care and prenatal care to the growing community of Mexican immigrants in South Philadelphia who are otherwise unable to get access to health care.

Objective: To familiarize the student to gynecologic and obstetric issues faced by women from underserved and diverse populations. The student will have the opportunity to be an active participant in the care of these women, and have exposure to the challenges and dilemmas in providing health care to them.

Availability: Dr. Jack Ludmir and Gene Coletta will work with you to arrange a four week flexible rotation.

Family Planning
Description:  Penn Family Planning and the Ryan Resident Training Program provide full service well women care, full range contraceptive choices, option counseling, as well as medications and surgical abortion care.

Objectives:  To expose students to family planning service in the Title X Family Planning Program and abortion services in the Ryan Training Program.  Students will participate in patient care, as well as meet with counselors, lawyers, and others involved in the provision of abortion service in Philadelphia.


  1. Understand the components of a well woman gynecologist visit
  2. Understand each of the contraceptive choices available, including benefits, efficacy, counseling issues, and contraindications
  3. Understand options counseling and its components
  4. Understand the components of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act
  5. Learn about abortion services in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia
  6. Understand the components of medications and surgical abortion  

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