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Women’s Health Fellowship

The fellowship is affiliated with the Women’s Health Group at Boston Medical Center, founded in 1986 as one of the first academic comprehensive health care practices for women. Primary, preventive, gynecologic and mental health care is provided by a team of general internists, nurse practitioners, and psychologists. In collaboration with Surgical Oncology and Radiology, the Women’s Health Unit created the Breast Health Center in 1989, which provides state-of-the-art, coordinated care for women with benign and malignant breast disease.

Fellows in the program conduct research in the broad field of Women’s Health under the supervision of faculty with national reputations in this area. Although fellows are free to pursue research on any feasible topic, some examples of recent research projects include:

  • Patient navigation to improve outcomes following abnormal cancer screening
  • Exercise intervention to improve cardiovascular outcomes
  • Haitian Health Study: a community-based survey looking at screening practices of Haitian women
  • Evaluation of a cultural competence curriculum

Clinical experiences include two half-day sessions of continuity care, and additional time for elective experiences in areas such as:

  • Breast health — including training on needle biopsy and aspiration procedures
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Osteoporosis
  • Women’s cardiology
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Fellows who have completed the women’s health fellowship have gone on to academic careers in women’s health research, women’s health education, and administration of women’s health clinical programs. Recent graduates are currently faculty members at Boston University, Rush Medical Center, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Wake Forest University, Emory Medical Center, Hershey Medical Center and University of Texas San Antonio.

If you are interested in becoming a Women’s Health Fellow, please click here to learn about the application process.