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Date:1/20/2010

New Online Resource for Clinicians, Medical Faculty, Students and Practitioners

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 20, 2010 -- The Medpedia Project today announced Advancing Women's Health, a universally accessible resource for educational and teaching tools focused on sex- and gender-specific women’s health for clinicians, medical faculty, medical students and health practitioners. Created by members of leading women's health organizations and the largest women physician's organization in the U.S., Advancing Women’s Health is aimed at improving women's health by recognizing and applying evidence-based medicine to the specific issues, concerns, and medical responses that affect women. The free resource is available now on Medpedia at http://www.medpedia.com/groups/444

"Doctors and educators with a special interest in Women's Health have seen the need for a repository of information where they can find, share, and contribute information on sex- and gender- specific care of women," says Dr. Janice Werbinski, MD, chair of the Women’s Health Working Group (WHWG), and Associate Clinical Professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. “Since the establishment of the Office of Women's Health at the NIH, much sex- and gender-specific information has been discovered and reported, but it remains fragmented and decentralized.”

“By creating a universally accessible digital library and community where educational materials can be assimilated and discussed, we are promoting women’s health and developing curricular materials for medical students and practicing physicians, adds Charlea Massion, MD, president of the American College of Women’s Health Physicians (ACWHP). ACWHP and the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) comprise the Women’s Health Working Group, and both organizations have provided grants for this project. “Through Advancing Women’s Health, teaching tools and curricular materials will be readily available, and ultimately more widely used by medical professionals across the country.”

Physicians, faculty, health organizations, and health professionals interested in Advancing Women's Health are encouraged to use the free teaching tools, curricular material, academic resources, clinical case studies and contribute original content. Medical and health professionals and students are invited join this group, by visiting: http://www.medpedia.com/sign-up/444

The Medpedia platform provides medical professionals and organizations a central place to record their knowledge and receive national and international recognition and visibility for their expertise. Medpedia, which launched in February 2009, also includes a collaborative online medical encyclopedia, a Professional Network and Directory for health professionals and organizations, and Communities of Interest in which medical professionals and non-professionals can share information about conditions, treatments, lifestyle choices, etc. Medpedia also recently added several new pieces to the platform including Medpedia Answers (http://www.medpedia.com/answers) for asking and answering medical and health questions; Medpedia Alerts (http://www.medpedia.com/alerts) for displaying real-time medical and health news alerts; and Medpedia News & Analysis (http://www.medpedia.com/news_analysis) for sharing medical news and analysis.

While only physicians and Ph.D.s in a biomedical/health field can edit the Medpedia knowledge base directly, consumers have an important role to play in The Medpedia. They can suggest changes to the Article pages, and they can participate in Communities, and they can ask and answer questions. Since the announcement of The Medpedia Project in February 2009, thousands of people have become a part of the community and thousands of physicians, researchers, organizations and experts have contributed to the knowledge base.

About the American Medical Women's Association
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. As women in medicine increase in numbers, new problems and issues arise that were not anticipated. AMWA has been addressing these issues for 95 years.

About the American College of Women's Health Physicians
The American College of Women's Health Physicians (ACWHP) is an interdisciplinary organization of women's health physicians committed to advancing women-centered health care. ACWHP develops leading-edge models of sex- and gender-specific medical education, research, and clinical practice. ACWHP's seven guiding principles are: activism, diversity, complexity, women-centered, the respectful use and therapeutic use of power, and individual and organizational well-being.

About The Medpedia Project
The Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free online technology platform that is: easy to understand, collaborative, interdisciplinary, transparent, and that elevates the best medical information on the Web. The result of this effort will be to transform how both medical professionals and the general public acquire information about health and connect with each other.

Harvard Medical School, the Stanford School of Medicine, The University of Michigan Medical School, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and health organizations around the world have collaborated with Medpedia. Many organizations have contributed seed content free of copyright restrictions. Other organizations, such as University of Michigan Medical School are encouraging members of their faculty to edit the Medpedia encyclopedia. Other health and medical organizations that are supporting Medpedia.

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