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Reproductive Health in Family Medicine – UI Health

Updated: 02/24/23


Eligible students must be in good academic standing and have completed Family Medicine, Medicine, OB/GYN, Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry clerkships. Eligible students must be applying to family medicine residency.

Interested students should apply through the career electives lottery.

The Family Planning and Women’s Health Elective at UIC is for UIC M4s with an interest in furthering their training in reproductive health conditions, common gynecological procedures, contraception, and basic OB/Gyn ultrasound.  The rotation combines clinical experiences in the Family Medicine Center at University Village, Mile Square Main Health Center and in the specialty clinics at UIMC. There are opportunities to participate with the management of abnormal pap smears, endometrial biopsy, vaginal and abdominal OB U/S, IUD insertion as well as observe Nexplanon, and participate in obstetric care.  Students also will learn about options counseling, medical abortion, and termination of undesired pregnancy using manual vacuum aspiration.  Part of this training also includes weekly one-on-one didactic lectures by UIC Faculty.

Participating Faculty:

*Evelyn Figueroa, MD (UIC-FM)
*Emily Hall, MD (UIC-FM)
*Laura Amanda Perry, MD (UIC-FM)
*Julie Loza, MD (UIC-FM)
*Jaime Palmer, MD (UIC-FM)
* Pooja Monpara, MD (UIC-FM)
*Ariel Leifer, MD (UIC-FM)
*Taylor Charest, MD (MSHC FM)
* Nina Paroff, MD (MSHC FM)
*Michael Warso, MD (UIC – Surg Onc)

This course will enhance students’ knowledge and skills in these areas:

  1. Application of knowledge to common clinical reproductive health problems, including contraception, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and abnormal pap smear.
  2. Application of knowledge to long-acting reversible contraception
  3. Providing competent options counseling
  4. Gender affirming care
  5. Care of the older woman
  6. Personal and professional development

Rotation is 4 credit hours. There are four components outlined below. Dr. Leifer MD, Director of GYN/Women’s Health Rotation, Department of Family Medicine, will guide the student’s learning activities.

  1. Application of Knowledge to Commonly Encountered Clinical Problems
    Outpatient Clinical Experience
  2. Student trainees will spend 4 weeks in clinic at the University Village Family Medicine Center, Mile Square Main Family Medicine Clinic and at UIMC clinics (Breast and Osteoporosis) caring for both pregnant and non-pregnant patients with medical needs related to women’s health (pregnancy, contraception, infertility, irregular bleeding, breast masses, etc.).  Students will gain clinical experience in colposcopy, first trimester abortion and pregnancy loss, IUD placement, ultrasound and additional reproductive health procedures and conditions.
  3. Inpatient Clinical Experience (Optional)
    The student on this elective may take call every week and participate in low-risk vaginal deliveries and postpartum inpatient care.
  4. Essentials of Practice Management
    The National Abortion Federation has a prepared a course for clinicians interested in providing medication abortion. The course overviews indications for medication abortion, counseling, work-up and implementation of the service.  The course concludes with a quiz and review.
  5. Personal and Professional Development
    Through selected readings, 2 written assignments as well as individual sessions with family medicine faculty, the student will learn:
  • How to identify key questions and interventions that need to be offered as part of dealing with common gynecological problems
  • How to develop rapport, interviewing, and counseling patients regarding unplanned pregnancy and common gynecological problems
  • How to articulate views about options in pregnancy and how their views impact their practice


Midpoint feedback will be given using the FM clerkship evaluation template.  However, the course objectives above will be utilized, when applicable. End-of-rotation evaluation will also utilize the above format

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  • Program Number

    ELEC 229

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Pooja Monpara, MD

  • Program Information

    Location: UI Health
    Duration:  4 weeks
    Weekends: Yes
    Students Accepted: 1
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: Rarely
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: Yes, at least weekly
    Laboratory/Independent Study:  No