Women's Health

Learn the circumstances surrounding women’s health issues which are highly represented and have a high impact in underserved settings. 


 6% Discount
for course bundle


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Course Duration

49 to 83 minutes per lesson
4 hours and 28 minutes total


Isobel Atkinson
Dr. Benjamin LaBrot

Learn how to effectively provide care for women in mission settings

A midwife in a remote jungle village wakes you at 3 AM because of a breech birth. A malnourished 16-year-old primigravida keeps throwing up her prenatal vitamin. Three million girls undergo unsafe abortion annually...and one of them is brought to your mission, unresponsive and septic. An HIV+ mom in a refugee camp asks you if she should breastfeed her HIV- baby. This course covers competencies related to maternal and general women’s health as well as how to navigate unfamiliar cultures during medical mission work. 
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the Activity.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Wilderness Medical Society and RemoteCare Education. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

All education content presented in this activity has been reviewed and validated as appropriate in keeping with sound scientific principles.
    • Automatic discount for 5-lesson bundle
    • Unlimited, perpetual access to video lectures 
    • Excellent source of engaging CME lessons for medical license renewal

Lesson Plan

Maternal Health Mission Work | 73 minutes

A review of the burden of maternal health issues and common presentations in developing regions, as well as protocols for rapid assessment of maternal health emergencies and the role of pre-natal care in preventive health. Participants should gain confidence with the assessment and treatment of maternal health conditions, and improve patient outcomes through high-value preventative interventions.

Births in Resource-Limited Settings | 83 minutes

Learn what to do when one of your patients goes into labor, especially in remote settings or otherwise without access to advanced services. Learn tips to make sensitive pre-natal consults a positive experience for you and your patients and their families. Review normal progression of labor and common birth emergencies, as well as neonatal care needs and resuscitation. Participants should gain increased confidence approaching maternal health consults in resource-limited settings, and improve maternal outcomes in medical aid settings.

Genitourinary & Breast Presentations in Developing World Settings | 49 minutes

Review of men’s and women’s genitourinary health issues including lithiasis, masses, infections, functional disorders, and special tropical manifestations of genitourinary disease such as quartan malaria, filariasis, and envenomation. Breast health is included, with an emphasis on primary prevention and diagnosis in remote settings. Participants should gain confidence and competence recognizing and managing genitourinary and breast health issues in remote or resource-limited settings.

Cultural Competence | 63 minutes

Review common but often-unexpected cultural issues that arise during consults across wide religious, ethnic, geographic, language, and socio-economic gulfs. Learn skills to communicate more effectively with patients, utilize translators, and reduce medical error related to miscommunication. Participants should gain confidence when approaching consults in unfamiliar cultural settings and using cultural competency skills to improve clinical outcomes.

Isobel Atkinson

Isobel is a British midwife with over 15 years’ experience and has worked in the UK and internationally. In the UK she has worked in both the hospital and community settings. Her international work has been in low resource and remote settings in both Kenya and Panama. The mission work she does is both clinical and educational. Isobel was the Floating Doctors Maternal Health Director for two years; during this time she championed the development of maternal health capacity and resources in Bocas Del Toro, gathered some of the first reliable data about maternal health issues in our area, and wrote many of our comprehensive guidelines.

Isobel has expertise in home-birth, advanced neonatal resuscitation, birth in the rural setting and Global Maternal Health. She is excited to support the WEM/RCE CME course in Panama by lecturing on Global Maternal Health and Birth in the Rural Setting and providing hands-on training during practical training sessions and in clinic.

Dr. Benjamin LaBrot is a career medical missionary and the founder of the Floating Doctors medical team, specializing in sustainable health access improvements in challenging rural environments. He received his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and practiced for many years in the Irish Health Care System, where he assisted in setting up a long-term care elderly facility. (Ben or Dr. LaBrot) currently splits his time working with Floating Doctors and teaching as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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