The physician fellows receive clinical training and provide supervised comprehensive care in the Primary Care Clinic using the nationally recognized Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model and in one or more specialty care clinics, including Gynecology, Mental Health, Musculoskeletal, and Weight Control Clinic at the VASDHS. Training and supervision in research and scholarship consist of completion of a research or scholarly project of the fellow’s choosing overseen by the research/scholarship mentor, and undergoing evaluation by mentorship team in these efforts.
The physician track of the VA San Diego AFWH seeks to prepare the future leaders of women’s healthcare through an interdisciplinary training program. Fellows will receive clinical training in a variety of settings, including Mental Health, Gynecology, Musculoskeletal, and Weight Control Clinics. Longitudinal outpatient clinical experiences are available in Comprehensive Women’s Clinic, which operates as a specialty resource within primary care, and in Gynecology. Additionally, there are opportunities for fellows to participate in the clinical supervision and didactic training of residents and medical students from the University of California San Diego.
The research component of fellowship training will require completion of a scholarly project, supervised by a dedicated mentor with oversight from a committee of women’s health faculty and staff. There are a variety of research areas open to AFWH trainees, that can be tailored to individual research interests and experiences, including:
- Maternity outcomes and obstetric care in female veterans
- Quality improvement: Development of a registry for tracking abnormal cervical and breast cancer screenings
- Gender disparities in type 2 diabetes treatment and management
- Obesity care: Use of weight loss medications or surgery in female veterans
- Chronic pelvic pain interdisciplinary treatment model development
- Healthcare accessibility for homeless female veterans
- Patient-centered contraceptive counseling in primary care