Electives


There are no required clinical rotations in this program although most residents will likely choose to pursue further training in obstetrics. With the help of the Women's Health Program Director, residents will identify the electives they wish to pursue, guided by a large bankj of rotations done by prior residents. Many of these opportunities will be in communities outside of Kingston. For example, past residents have done electives in Toronto at the following places:

  • Immigrant Women's Health Centre: Operates six hours/ week and also runs a mobile health clinic. Prefer female residents. (416) 367-1388.
  • Hassle Free (Women's) Clinic: S.T.D. walk-in clinic that also provides anonymous HIV testing. Female residents welcome. Contact (416) 922-0566.
  • The House: Offers health care on walk-in or appointment basis to individuals aged 13 to 25. Mainly female patients; provides many opportunities for contraceptive counselling. Contact (416) 961-0113.
  • Women's Health Centre, Women's College Hospital: This centre contains the Bay Centre for Birth Control which offers abortion referral, contraception, education and outreach, and group work. There are also health education resources and there will be a health promotion centre for older women. Residents welcome. Contact (416) 351-3700.
  • Sexual Assault Care Centre, Women's College Hospital: It may be possible for residents with experience to work on call with the sexual assault care centre. Contact (416) 323-6040.
  • Anishnawbe Native Health Centre: Provides health care services for Native people in Toronto. Prefer to take Native medical students and residents. Contact (416) 360-0486.
  • Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women: Provides brief (16 week) psychotherapy for women clients and are beginning to train experienced therapists in their techniques. May in the future be able to accommodate residents. (416) 975-9372.
  • Adolescent Clinic, Hospital for Sick Children. Contact (416) 598-5804.

The third year in women's health provides an ideal opportunity for residents to develop skills in critiquing medical research and its treatment of women, and designing and implementing research projects of their own. An elective in research is ideally done last, (i.e. after the appropriate readings and instruction on critical appraisal are completed) or concurrently with the core component. If the latter option is chosen, the core rotation would be extended, and a portion of each week could be dedicated to research, with flexibility according to the resident's needs. Residents are encouraged to develop research projects that would provide useful information to women, and may choose a project related to their community placement. In addition, it is anticipated that they would submit their work for publication to a medical journal. Supervision of the research could be arranged under the appropriate discipline(s), and consultation with individuals from a variety of perspectives may be needed (e.g. Women's studies faculty for feminist research methodology).