In an effort to better address the medical needs of the thousands of women veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) started a "mini residency program" to refresh doctors and nurse practitioners, many of whom are more accustomed to treating male veterans, on women's healthcare. Approximately 1,100 health care providers have completed the course, which offers training on pelvic and breast exams, as well as services for women veterans who have been sexually assaulted.
Women veterans are limited in their ability to ability to obtain gender-specific health appointments. According to Patty Hayes, the VA's chief consultant for women's health, only 16 percent of women who are eligible for care at the VA use it.
The VA aims to have a designated women's health provider in each of its medical facilities. Currently the VA has practitioners specifically trained on women's health in approximately 60- 65 percent of its clinics.
Media Resources: Washington Post/ AP 8/8/11; National Partnership for Women and Families 8/8/11
3/7/2014 Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research - Although 20 years have passed since the government instituted legislation requiring adequate female representation in medical studies, a recent study finds that a significant sex and gender gap still persists in medical research.
"Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women's Health Can't Wait" by researchers at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George Washington University Hospital finds that scientists still fail to account for differences between males and females. . . .