Scholarly Concentration: Women's Health and Sexual and Gender Minority Health

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Marcia Stefanick, PhD
Professor of Medicine (SPRC) and, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Co-Founder, Stanford Women’s Health & Sex Differences in Medicine (WHSDM) Center  

Mitchell Lunn, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Erica P. Cahill, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Administrative Contact

Terri Oppelt (“TO”) Preising
Assistant Director, Operations, Stanford WSDM Center

Objectives and Goals

The Women’s Health and Sexual and Gender Minority Health (WH-SGMH) Application Area addresses a wide scope of sex/gender-based biology and medical topics, with a focus on health issues that are unique, more prevalent or different in women and members of sexual and gender minorities.  Research on differences due to sex (biology) and/or gender (sociocultural influences), and interactions of sex and gender on biology and health outcomes, is encouraged within each foundation and across all applications.

WH-SGMH students receive training in a model that integrates biomedical and social science, by way of interdisciplinary, collaborative experiences driven from basic, translational, clinical and population research.  This approach transcends the boundaries of medical specialties, in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of health for all women and members of sexual and gender minority groups, and of basic biology, from conception to adulthood and old age, in both sexes.

Students must complete 12 total Scholarly Concentration coursework units. Students undertaking both a Foundation Area and an Application Area must complete six units in each.


· MED 240: Sex and Gender in Human Physiology and Disease (2 units required-3 units preferred; Win)

· INDE 215: Queer Health & Medicine (1 unit; Win)

WH-SGMH students also select coursework from the following:

· FAMMED 245: Women and Health Care (McGann Lecture Series) (1 unit; Aut)

· INDE 215:  Queer Medicine (1 unit; Win)

· OBGYN 216: Current Issues in Reproductive Health (1 unit; Win)

· OBGYN 222: Obstetrics & Gynecological Simulation Skills (1-2 units; Win)

· SOMGEN 206: Global Medical Issues Affecting Women (1 unit; Win)

· SOMGEN 230: Sexual Function and Diversity in Medical Disciplines (2-3 units; Win) (3 units with INDE 215)

· SOMGEN 237: Health & Medical Impact of Sexual Assault Across the Life Course (1-3 units; Win)

· OBGYN 256: Current Topics and Controversies in Women's Health (2-3 units; Spr)

· OBGYN/PEDS 282: Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy (3 units; Spr)

· INDE 298: Women's Health Independent Project (1 unit; Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)

Other Medical School courses may qualify with approval of Course Directors.  

Scholarly Concentrations & the MD Program

The Scholarly Concentration (SC) program is a required, structured program of study in the Medical Student Curriculum that promotes in-depth learning and scholarship. The SC's provide medical students with faculty-mentored scholarly experiences in areas of individual interest combined with structured coursework to support this scholarship.