October 2006 MedBytes: Women's Health

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This month's cover story examines some of the problems faced by women's hospitals. Below is a sample of sites on the World Wide Web that provide additional information about women and health care.

American Medical Women's Association
Founded in 1915 by Bertha VanHoosen, MD, the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), based in Alexandria, Va., is an organization of 10,000 women physicians and medical students dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. AMWA's current priority issues include access to health care, reproductive rights, tobacco cessation, and violence against women. Online AMWA,  www.amwa-doc.org, provides networking and mentoring opportunities, medical education, and career development resources. Also, the Web site offers information about the organization's series of educational projects . Visitors to the site may also access articles from the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association , which was the only peer-reviewed medical journal to focus solely on women's health issues. (It ceased publication after almost 60 years. Its final issue in the winter of 2005 focused on violence against women.) AMWA's eight-page bimonthly newsletter, AMWA Connections , can also be accessed online.

The Office on Women's Health
The Office on Women's Health (ORW) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The division coordinates the efforts of all the HHS agencies and offices involved in women's health. Its Web site, http://orwh.od.nih.gov/, contains a calendar of women's health events and information about the programs of the different divisions. In addition, visitors can find contact information for the each state's health coordinator and women's health-focused programs or efforts. The Web site also has a Virtual Resource Center that contains descriptions of programs, activities, seminars, and community collaborations.

Changing the Face of Medicine
Changing the Face of Medicine is an exhibition that honors the lives and achievements of women in medicine. It is made possible with the support of the National Institute of Health Office of Research on Women's Health and the American Medical Women's Association. Over the last 150 years, thousands of women have pursued a medical degree, practiced medicine, conducted research, and lived full and rich lives. Their stories and their careers inspire each succeeding generation of women as they open doors, make new discoveries, and change the face of medicine. The exhibition's Web site,  www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine , allows visitors to post their own stories about women physicians they admire, those who influenced their life, and those who made a difference in the community. The traveling exhibition will be on display in Houston from April 23 to June 6, 2008, and in San Antonio from Oct. 8 to Nov. 21, 2008.  

The Women's Health Site
The Women's Health Site an online resource developed by Duke University Medical Center, features health care professional-oriented information on new developments in women's health care. It is linked from some premium women's health sites such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease, the Epilepsy Foundation, and Imaginis. The site offers free (with registration) access to a growing collection of presentations used in continuing education activities for physicians and other health professionals. All downloadable presentations are in Microsoft PowerPoint format.

MedBytes is a quick look at new, or newly discovered, Web sites of interest toTexasphysicians. The column also highlights features of the TMA Web site. Publication of information about Web sites in this column is not to be considered an endorsement or approval by theTexasMedical Association of the sites or sponsors, or of any products or services involved.  



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