Women’s Health Issues Associated with Physical Disability – A Web-Based Interactive Module for Rehabilitation Students.
Liliana Coman / Julia Richardson
The goal of this project is to support the existing curriculum in women’s health which takes a developmental perspective and involves conditions with gender specific issues managed by physiotherapists. We plan to develop a web-based application to enhance students’ knowledge around women’s health. In the development of the curriculum we have addressed issues: 1) which are common in women, 2) for which women are at high risk; 3) where the severity is higher in women; 4) which are experienced exclusively by women. We will develop a software map which will include text and audio narrative, interactive video and dynamic content pages on these issues.
Gender Sensitivity and Surgery
Mohit Bhandari / Victoria Patenall
Gender differences play a part in patient outcomes, prevalence of physical disabilities after surgery, and rehabilitation among female and male patients. We propose to organize a workshop for surgical faculty, residents, medical students and other health care professionals to identify and address gender issues present in medical education and practice, particularly in the area of surgery. This workshop will focus on three particular areas: career choice, professional behaviours, and patient outcomes. Specifically, the goals of this workshop are: 1) to provide forum where medical professionas can discuss gender issues within surgery; 2) to identify and discuss the gender issues pertaining to career choice, professional behaviours, and patient outcomes; and 3) to brainstorm and formulate some ways of addressing these issues.
The Resident, the Computer and the Tutor: E-Learning and Women’s Mental Health
Leslie Born / Meir Steiner
Currently, residents in Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology receive occasional lectures on mental illness related to reproductive cyclicity, but have little or no patient exposure. In previous years, the instructional experience has been frustrated by minimal audience interaction and a lack of engagement. A new format for teaching residents and clerks about mental health and the reproductive life cycle is proposed, oned that is based on contemporary styles and principles of learning. This e-learning pilot project, involving educators from Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and e-Learning Innovation at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare, consists of electronic tutorials for the mastery of core competencies and a subsequent interactive group tutorial. It is hoped that this educational initiative will increase the awareness and expertise of both psychiatrists and ob/gyns in recognizing and handling the psychological problems they see on a regular basis.