EGA Institute for Women's Health


Year 5 MBBS Women’s Health and Men’s Health

The Women's Health and Men's Health module comprises:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Breast
  • GU/HIV
  • Urology

There is a multidisciplinary approach to teaching where subject areas overlap. Evidence based medicine is taught in an integrated fashion by staff from Public Health, GU/HIV, Urology, Breast, Women’s Health, Ethics and Law, Pathology, Medical Humanities, Use of Medicine and the counselling needs of women are incorporated into the course template.

Teaching and assessment is organised by a Module Management Group (MMG); Melissa Whitten is the lead for Women’s Health, and chair of the Module Management Group.



Course Structure

The module consists of one core week, eight vertical module teaching days (alternate Fridays), two four-week placements in Obstetrics and Gynaecology – one (including community based teaching and Breast) at a base site and one at a District General Hospital (DGH) – and two two-week placements in GU/HIV and Urology. 

Teaching and learning takes place in a variety of settings including  hospital wards, outpatient departments, general practice and other community clinics/centres and includes related aspects of other disciplines such as public health, epidemiology, ethics and law, pathology and use of medicines. Emphasis is placed on integrating these vertical themes, including evaluation of evidence, community orientated medicine, and professional development (in particular communication skills) with teaching and learning in Women’s health and Men’s Health.

The core teaching in week one involves all students on the current module and is based at the Royal Free. The presentations and recordings of the lectures are available on Moodle. Detailed timetables for the four-week placements are issued in advance.  Although the teaching at each site is slightly different all attachments satisfy the aims and objectives of the module and prepare you for the end-of-year examinations. It is expected that students conduct a self-selected team project during this module. This forms the basis of a project presentation during the end of term Assessment Day.

Course information is electronically available and there is an interactive web based learning and revision facility.