Integrating Gender Perspectives in Gynaecology and Obstetrics: Engaging Medical Colleges in Maharashtra, India

International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 146 (July 2019): 132–138.

11 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2019

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Sangeeta Rege

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT)

Padma Bhate-Deosthali

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT),

Pravin Shingare

Government of Maharashtra - Directorate of Medical Education and Research,

Srinivas Gadappa

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sonali Deshpande

Government Medical College

Nandkishore Gaikwad

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Shailesh Vaidya

Government Medical College

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

Failure to acknowledge the impact of sex and gender differences affects the quality of health care provision, and is an impediment to reducing health inequities. Systematic efforts were initiated in Maharashtra, India for reducing these disparities by developing gender‐integrated curricula in undergraduate (UG) medical education between 2015 and 2018. A review of UG obstetrics and gynecology curricula indicated a lack of gender lens and focus on the reproductive rights of women. Based on these gaps, a gender‐integrated curriculum was developed, implemented, and tested with medical students. Significant positive attitudes were seen among male and female students for themes such as access to safe abortion; understanding reproductive health concerns and their complex relationship with gender roles; violence against women as a health issue; and sexuality and health. These results strengthened the resolve to advocate for such a curriculum to be integrated across all medical colleges in the state.

Keywords: Gender; Medical education; Reproductive health; Rights

JEL Classification: J13, I18, I10

Suggested Citation

Rege, Sangeeta and Bhate-Deosthali, Padma and Shingare, Pravin and Gadappa, Srinivas and Deshpande, Sonali and Gaikwad, Nandkishore and Vaidya, Shailesh, Integrating Gender Perspectives in Gynaecology and Obstetrics: Engaging Medical Colleges in Maharashtra, India (2019). International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 146 (July 2019): 132–138.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3384244

Sangeeta Rege (Contact Author)

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) ( email )

Mumbai
India

Padma Bhate-Deosthali

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT), ( email )

Mumbai
India

Pravin Shingare

Government of Maharashtra - Directorate of Medical Education and Research, ( email )

Govt. Dental College & Hospital Building,
St. George's Hospital Compound, Near V.T.,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 001.
India

Srinivas Gadappa

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ( email )

Near Panchakki Road.
Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
India

Sonali Deshpande

Government Medical College ( email )

Chandigarh
India

Nandkishore Gaikwad

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ( email )

Pandharpur Road,
Miraj, Dist-Sangli, Maharashtra 410410
India

Shailesh Vaidya

Government Medical College ( email )

Chandigarh
India

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