Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help physicians become productive and effective global citizens. Our program provides clinical care, education, and public health outreach to women around the world through partnerships with local health care professionals in order to improve access to quality obstetric and gynecologic care.

As a fellow, you will educate and train local health care providers—nurses, midwives, medical students, and physicians—in order to provide services under a sustainable health care model. You will provide independent basic obstetric and gynecologic care for women in developing countries. If you are board certified or board eligible, you can mentor residents in their clinical and surgical projects while abroad. You can also mentor residents independently on all educational and non-clinical projects at any time.

Fellows are also allowed to attend one public health conference each year.

During our program, you will:

  • Provide night and weekend coverage on the Labor and Delivery unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital throughout the academic year
  • Complete and submit at least one research project or have one ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Present this research project at the end of year “Fellows Research Day”
  • Write and apply for at least one privately or federally funded grant for a project in women's health
  • Be able to independently oversee implementation of a women's global health project
  • Be prepared to assume a leadership role in the field of global women's health

Women's Health and Human Rights

Our curriculum focuses on women's health and human rights. Through readings and lectures, you will understand how rape, sexual and domestic violence, armed conflict, internal displacement, human trafficking, early marriage, genital mutilation, and paternalistic laws and edicts affect health. Fellows should be familiar with the following declarations that address health and women's rights: Declaration of Rights of the Women of the U.S. 1876; U.N. Declaration of Human Rights 1978; and Alma Ata Declaration 1978.

Global Health Organizations and Resources

Fellows will become familiar with the major industries and organizations that affect women's global health such as the National Ministries of Health, United Nations agencies, U.S. agencies, non-governmental agencies (NGO), and funding resources.

Through the Levy Library, fellows will have access to resources such as the Human Poverty Index (HPI), The Multidevelopment Poverty Index, The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study, and Globocan.

Research

We protect time for research so that all fellows can participate in the design and execution of their own research or clinical projects. After a topic is chosen, the fellow is expected to give progress reports and updates to the program director. All grant writing, institutional review board (IRB) approval, and program development will be completed by the fellow in consultation with an assigned faculty mentor.

Fellows are expected to have or develop a working knowledge of basic statistical and qualitative software (SPSS, Atlas ti) and geographic information systems (GIS). Fellows will be expected to complete the IRB Human Subjects Research Training program offered online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami.

International Field Work

As a fellow, you’ll participate in research projects at one or more of the Division's international sites.

Liberia

​In Monrovia, Liberia, the maternal death rate is 180 out of 1,000 live births and there are only six obstetricians in the country. We have partnered with other departments, as well as other U.S. academic medical centers, to send teams of physicians to a tertiary care hospital to provide critical training to local health care providers to help improve these odds.

South Africa

Since nearly 30 percent of workers in Hlokomela, South Africa have HIV—often associated with human papilloma virus (HPV), a known precursor to cervical cancer—screening and treatment for cervical cancer was needed. To address this, we collaborated with Hoedspruit Training Trust and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, and trained local health workers to provide cervical cancer screening for sex workers and migrant farm workers at an established HIV treatment and prevention program.

Colombia

In Cartagena, Colombia, major gaps in care exist because of a lack of updated equipment and training. Through philanthropic funding from Fundaciόn Vida Raquel K. Gilinski, we purchased electronic fetal monitoring units for health care providers in Cartagena.  Since then, we’ve been conducting workshops for technicians, obstetrical nurses, and physicians so that they can use this equipment to improve maternal and fetal health.

Dominican Republic

We collaborate with the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) to address health care concerns in the Dominican Republic.  Our doctors have traveled to 13 rural communities and screened more than 500 patients for gynecological and urinary conditions such as pelvic masses, urinary incontinence, and Stage IV uterine prolapse. We have also collaborated with local physicians to educate and train numerous medical residents and students, including working with new technology such as a transvaginal simulator, to improve their skills.  Our surgeons and anesthesiologists prepare lectures and offer opportunities to observe surgeries.