Women's Heart Health Curricula in Clinical Training Programs


Women's Heart Health Curricula in Clinical Training Programs

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in women in Canada.

There is a lack of sex- and gender-specific education regarding cardiovascular disease in clinical training programs in Canada. This gap may play a role in the persistent disparities in clinical care and outcomes experienced by women.

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance's (CWHHA) project team has prepared a variety of opportunities to meet the needs of academic institutions with various time and resource availability to incorporate sex- and gender-specific education within existing clinical programming.

“Targeting our future healthcare professionals at the beginning of their careers is one way we can improve women’s cardiovascular health across the lifespan.”

 - Dr. Carolyn Baer, Moncton, NB

Canadian Women's Heart Health e-Course and Toolkit

The accredited Canadian Women’s Heart Health Education Course + Teaching Toolkit is available at no cost in both English and French and targets trainees as well as healthcare professionals within cardiology, general internal medicine, and emergency medicine. 

The following topics are covered: 

  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Women – The Role of Risk Factors and Scores
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in Women
  • Approaches to Chest Pain - A Sex & Gender Focus
  • MI with Non-Obstructive Coronary Arteries (MINOCA)
  • Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)
  • Stress-Induced Cardiomyopathy (SIC)
  • Contemporary Management of Women with Heart Failure
  • Cardiovascular Risk In Women With Gestational Diabetes & Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
  • Recovery and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) for Women

These educational modules are available in the following formats:

1) Invited Talks
  • The CWHHA is proud to offer free in-person and online module presentations.These talks are typically 45 minutes in length (30 min presentation + 15 min Q&A) and are presented by a women's cardiovascular health expert. Request an educational presentation here
2) Access to the Pre-Recorded Presentations and Course Materials
  • Access to all nine modules, recorded webinars, presenter slide deck and speaking notes, and resource lists. No adaptation required.
  • Adding Course Content (via CWHHA.ca) to textbooks/student resource lists

Additional Educational Resources


  1. Najah Adreak, M.H. Mackay, A. Pike, C. O’Neill, E. Sterling, V. Randhawa, L. Comber, K. Thompson, K. Srivaratharajah, A. Paquin, B.L. Abramson, K.-A. Mullen, INTEGRATION OF WOMEN’S CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH CONTENT INTO HEALTHCARE PROVIDER EDUCATION: RESULTS OF A RAPID REVIEW AND NATIONAL SURVEY, CJC Open (2023), doi: https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.cjco.2023.11.001.