PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: At least M3 class standing; Consent of the Course Director

PURPOSE: The purpose of this course is to explore how the history of women’s entrance into the medical profession informs contemporary issues in medicine and the dynamics between physician and patient.  It will address such questions as: how has the entry of women into the medical profession affected the overall structure and historical development of health care?  In reviewing such topics as women as midwives, nurses and physicians; empathy in practices; biological views of women; birth control and body politics; and genetic counseling and eugenics, the course will assist student in thinking critically and analytically, which will help in their clinical problem-solving skills.

COMPETENCIES: After completion of this course the student should be able to describe the role that women have played in the development of medicine both as practitioners and patients from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.  They will be able to explain how the entry of women into the medical profession has affected the overall structure and development of health care in the United States as well as relate it to the changing conceptions of women’s health during this time period.  At the end of the course, students should be able to: 1. Understand how an examination of history contributes to one’s understanding of contemporary issues in health and medicine and the physician-patient relationship; 2. Demonstrate, using gender as an example, that cultural and social factors have historically informed and continue to inform the development of medical technology and practice; and 3. Critically analyze readings and transfer these skills to their clinical problem solving. 

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The learning activities will include the following: lectures and discussion of course readings; reading on the history of women in medicine and subsequent written responses; library work including searching within catalogues, library journals, and on the internet for background and additional information on course topics; selection of a topic for further research’ and research and writing of a final paper on said topic. 

ASSESSMENT: Students will be evaluated by the non-clinical elective grading form distributed by the registrar at the completion of the session, afer the instructor has read and evaluated the student’s level of participation, his/her writing and analysis of daily readings, and the final paper.  Grading will be broken down as follows: 20% of grade: 2, one-page reading response papers; 30% of grade: 5-7 page paper; 10% of grade: 10-minute presentation about final paper topic at the last session; 40% of grade: class participation including initiating one class discussion and attendance. 


Program Number: ELEC 155          

Location: UICMC

Program Director: S. Vogt, M.S.       

Telephone: 312/996-6738


Duration: 2 weeks                                              

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty contact: N/A

Night Call: No                                                      

Laboratory: N/A


Outpatient: N/A

Students accepted:  3/12                                  

Inpatient: N/A

Housestaff used as Faculty: No      

Total hours/week: