Overview—Women's Health International Program (WHIP)
The goal of the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Women's Health International Program is to improve women's health worldwide by providing health education for women, training for their health care providers, and by conducting research on key questions in women's health.
The UW Department of Ob/Gyn has a long history of research, collaboration, advocacy and training in global women's health. Our residency program is committed to broadening trainee's worldview of women's health care and training practitioners, researchers and leaders in Global Health. Seattle provides an ideal setting for training in Global Health, given the endowed UW Department of Global Health and the many regional partners, including PATH, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Biomedical Research institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We have developed a comprehensive education, training and service curriculum for residents.
Resident Global Health Experiences
Global Health Lecture Series
Global Health Educational Training in International Topics (GHET-IT)
Palenque, Mexico (Chiapas)
Palenque General Hospital, located in the town of Palenque (population 14,000) in northern Chiapas, serves as a referral hospital for many of the surrounding communities. Palenque General Hospital has a staff of obstetricians, anesthesiologists and pediatricians. Most deliveries are attended by general practitioners or interns. Residents have the opportunity to participate in general obstetrics and gynecology as a member of the care team. The hospital has been involved in the PRONTO emergency obstetric and neonatal training project led by Dr. Dilys Walker and her collaborators at the National Institute of Health in Mexico.
The Naivasha, Kenya, clinical rotation is a 1-month rotation designed to introduce residents to determinants, structure and challenges surrounding health and health care delivery in a resource-poor setting. The rotation is comprised of several different components, incljding clinical work at a district hospital, community health work, partnerships with local trainees, and teaching. Residents have the opportunity to work in the recently built maternity ward, take part in obstetric and gynecologc surgeries and lead teaching and ward rounds. This rotation is a collaborative effort with the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Family Medicine and is supported and supervised by an onsite UW faculty member.
Ob/Gyn Faculty Working Internationally
Our faculty participate in research and policy initiatives in more than a dozen countries. In collaboration with the UW School of Public Health and the Department of Global Health, this involvement is growing rapidly.
Current faculty participation:
• David A Eschenbach, MD, Chair—Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania