A recent summit hosted by PHS gathered key medical school educators and sexual health experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities for ensuring physicians are properly trained to address the sexual health needs of their patients.
Participants included former US Surgeons General Joycelyn Elders, MD, and David Satcher, MD, PhD, as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Medical Student Organization, and a wide range of medical schools, universities, and organizations. The summit's premise was based upon a series of recently published papers, covering the state of sexual health education in the US and Canada and recommended curriculum changes. Invited speakers shared their perspectives in a think-tank format culminating in a working group session. A meeting report will be prepared and shared with interested parties and key stakeholders.
Eli Coleman, PhD, the event organizer said, "It is our hope that this summit and meeting report will serve as a catalyst for re-invigorating the necessary sexual health curriculum to meet the needs of physicians of the future."
During the summit participants heard from educators, students, and researchers, including many of the authors whose articles were used for background. Educators from a range of medical schools shared information about their sexual health curricula and training programs. On Tuesday morning participants gathered into work groups around the topics of curriculum placement, evaluation, faculty development, inter-professional education and training for integrated care, and cooperative strategies and partnerships.
The event was held on December 3 - 4, 2012, at the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event was made possible through funds from the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education and the University of Minnesota Medical School through support of a Herz Grant and the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity.
PHOTO: summit participants; credit Duane Rost
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