Area of Concentration

Women’s Health Concentration

Women’s Health includes obstetrics, gynecology, and the unique presentation and modulation of disease in women, especially as influenced by the hormonal changes of puberty and menopause. Care of women is a central part of Family Medicine Training at Fairfax Family Practice. The internship rotation on the labor and delivery service allows residents to have an adequate number of deliveries for an exposure to deliveries; as well as in depth participation in the OB/GYN out-patient clinic provides extensive experience in prenatal care.

For all residents, training in the second and third year includes extensive exposure to preventive care in women, management of gynecological problems, and exposure to numerous out-patient GYN procedures including IUD and Nexplanon placement, colposcopy, cervical cryosurgery, diaphragm fitting, endometrial biopsies, and evacuation of bartholan gland cysts.

Residents who seek a Concentration in Women’s Health have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities to enhance their expertise. This includes extra time in the colposcopy clinic, where residents learn to manage abnormal pap smears, with counseling, endocervical curettage, cervical biopsy, cryotherapy, and electrocautery.

Residents that choose this Area of Concentration will pursue additional academic projects. The Scholarly Activity Project required of all residents will relate to an area of interest in the broad topic of Women’s health. The resident will prepare a lecture on a Women’s Health related topic to present to their fellow residents.

A high volume OB elective can be arranged for those interested in pursuing an OB fellowship.