Medical Student Program
UCSF launched in August 2016 its new Bridges Curriculum which enables students to work within complex systems to improve health care and advance science for future generations of patients. The Curriculum provides a comprehensive set of educational experiences shared by a diverse class to support students’ mastery of the core knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to achieve their goals as physicians, researchers, educators and public servants. Sex and gender inquiry is woven within the curriculum to prepare students to understand the unique differences between women and men.
Many students chose UCSF for its reputation for teaching and research in women's health. We encourage student involvement in women's health from the moment you step on campus, until you graduate. Learn about the full range of opportunities in women’s health for UCSF medical studies in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has also completed an accredited Master’s degree program in nurse-midwifery and passed the American Midwifery Certification Board examination.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
A women’s health nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has competed advanced education with a focus on the primary health care needs of women across the life cycle.
Click here for more information on advanced practice nursing education in women’s health at the UCSF School of Nursing.
Global Health Sciences
The M.S. in Global Health Sciences is offered by the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences. Its interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes research methods, population health, and the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health in a globalized world. Women's health, a critical issue area in global health, is integrated into the entire curriculum. In addition to an elective course in Women's Health and Empowerment offered in the spring quarter, students also pursue their interest in women's health through a myriad of research opportunities during the year-long capstone project.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at UCSF is the #1 NIH-funded women’s health program in the country. It aims to train physician leaders who will provide innovative, compassionate, and comprehensive care to diverse patient populations in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on women’s reproductive health and care for the underserved. Over half of our graduating residents enter further training including the traditional fellowships as well as Minimally Invasive Surgery, Global Health, and Palliative Care.
Medical students wishing to improve the health and health care of women enter every specialty of medicine to pursue new knowledge and learn innovative ways to provide sex and gender based care. Find information on all our UCSF residencies here.
The UCSF and Kaiser Permanente San Francisco (KPSF) joint fellowship program in Gynecologic Oncology is a newly accredited 3-year program. Our fellows acquire the clinical skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential to the practice of gynecologic oncology, through the provision of ambulatory care, surgical management, systemic cytotoxic treatments, and palliative care to women with gynecologic malignancies. They will apply sound clinical judgment and skill, interpret and apply relevant evidence, actively solicit patient preference and participation in decision-making, and serve as subspecialty consultants to our medical colleagues.
The UCSF Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine program provides outstanding clinical training in the areas of obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy, including the care of a pregnant woman whose fetus has complex abnormalities potentially requiring fetal surgery. Comprehensive research training is another key element of the program which includes a course of study, “Training in Clinical Research”. Our program engages fellows in efforts to improve patient safety and quality of care in obstetrics. Additional training is available in basic science or translational science as well as master’s level training in clinical research via UCSF’s Advances Training in Clinical Research program or in public health or epidemiology at UC Berkeley. We offer a combined MFM-Genetics fellowship with Pediatrics Medical Genetics resulting in double board certification in 4 years.
In 1991, UCSF established the first Fellowship in Family Planning. Our unique program enables fellows to participate in a fully integrated clinical and research environment. Fellow work directly with leaders in the field of family planning conducting clinical trials, epidemiological studies, qualitative research, policy evaluation and international training and research. Fellows provide clinical care at one of the largest second-trimester outpatient clinics in the country.
A two-year, non-accredited transdisciplinary post-doctoral fellowship focused on prematurity is offered by the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi). PTBi is a multi-year, transdisciplinary and multi-sector research effort aimed at reducing the burden of prematurity, the leading cause of childhood death worldwide. Strengthening communication, collaboration and capacity building (“C3”) within the maternal and newborn health community is one of the major goals of the PTBi, which is accomplished in part by this postdoctoral fellowship. Fellows bring diverse discovery and implementation interests that span psychosocial risk factors during pregnancy, quality of care from the provider and patient perspectives, and neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants.
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
The UCSF Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Fellowship Program is an accredited three-year training program which emphasizes interdisciplinary and translational training and research. Our REI division and fellowship spans the breadth of REI training from basic, to translational, to clinical, to epidemiological. Our focus is to train academic physicians who can participate, and lead, interdisciplinary translational and clinical research. Our fellowship program includes clinical experience in pediatric and adult gynecological endocrinology, infertility and advanced reproductive technology, reproductive surgery, formal coursework and seminars, and a rigorous investigative program in both basic and clinical reproductive biology.
VA Fellowship in Women’s Health
The Health Issues of Women Veterans Fellowship Program at UCSF provides two years of post-residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians and associated health professionals. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at selected VA sites. Nationally prominent mentors provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in health issues pertaining to women veterans.
The Graduate Division serves as the institutional home for graduate education and postdoctoral scholarship at UCSF, advocates for graduate students and postdocs, and promotes excellence in all graduate and postdoctoral training programs. The Graduate Division has a singular focus on providing outstanding education and training in basic and translational, social and population-based, and clinical sciences to advance knowledge.
Grand Rounds & Seminars
Grand Rounds are an important learning environment in which latest research on diverse topics is reviewed and incorporated into the best care for patients. All departments incorporate Grand Rounds into their educational portfolios. You can find the weekly OBGYN Grand Round schedule here.
The University of California, San Francisco Office of Continuing Medical Education offers educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and allied health care professionals to improve their practices through a comprehensive selection of continuing education activities. Most courses include topics pertinent to women's health, and a few are focused solely on women's health. Previous course offerings have included topics such as Controversies in Women's Health, Antepartum and Intrapartum Management, and an annual essentials course.
Explore our CME options here.