Women's Health

Our women's health fellowship is cosponsored by the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center's Department of Medicine and the University Hospitals–Case Western Reserve University Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

This is a 12-month fellowship, beginning July 1 of each year, that carries the salary and benefits of a PGY4 resident at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. It is offered to graduates of an accredited family medicine residency program or ABFM certificants, who wish to intensify and further their knowledge and procedural base in women’s health.

The fellowship is intended to provide expanded training in various aspects of women’s health while maintaining proficiency in the wider discipline of family medicine.The curriculum consists of a series of longitudinal clinical experiences as clinician and preceptor, electives in various subspecialties with a gender-based focus, education of students and resident peers and participation in scholarly activity. The residents divide their time between the two locations above.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Precepting Medicine residents, performing Gyn procedures with a supervising OB/Gyn attending and triaging abnormal Paps and mammograms for management at the weekly VA Gyn/Urgent followup/Preventive Health clinic
  • Assisting at Women’s Health procedures in the Operating Room at the VA with a supervising OB/Gyn attending on a weekly basis, followed by procedural or urgent care clinic at the VA
  • Coordinate weekly Women's Health lecture series for residents and medical students at the VA, including giving short talks on Women's Health topics and scheduling visiting lecturers
  • Scholarly activity/Curriculum development at the VA on an ongoing project or another of your choosing
  • Patient care in UH Family Medicine Center including option for and encouragement of small continuity OB practice under preceptorship of Family Medicine attendings
  • Medical student teaching at UH both during patient care sessions and for required core clerkship in Medicine/Family Medicine in small group lectures and workshops
  • Colposcopy course director and faculty for UH Family Medicine PGY2 course
  • Precepting Family Medicine residents at Adolescent clinic, Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland and Care Alliance (homeless clinic), in rotation with other fellows

Elective experiences, among others, may include gender-focused longitudinal or block experiences at the VA and/or UH in female urology/urogynecology, Gyn, rheumatology, hematology-oncology, breast surgery, sports medicine, prevention, female psychiatry, sexual medicine, addiction/PTSD and others, tailored to your needs and interests.

The fellow has generally attended several conferences with the support of the VA and the residency program at UH including:

  • VISN 10 conference - (Ohio VA women’s health conference)
  • ASCCP Colposcopy Conference

Interested residents, please contact Wanda Cruz-Knight, MD by email at Wanda.Cruz-Knight@uhhospitals.org.