AMSA's 2015 Annual Convention
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February 26 - March 1, 2015 

Global Health & Cultural Competency

  • Sexual Health History Taking: An International Perspective
    Authors: Nicola Brodie, David Kawior
    The ability to take a proper and thorough sexual health history can offer a wealth of information to effectively treat and care for a patient. Yet, very often, physicians are ill equipped to take an effective sexual health history, and just as often, patients are not forthcoming with their information. This can be even more difficult when interacting with patients of different faiths, cultures, and geographies. Our final project first defines sexuality and offers a path for physicians themselves to become better acquainted with their own proclivities and biases. Afterwards, the project offers a dynamic and sensitive approach to taking a proper sexual health history, keen to the diversity of patients and places where physicians might be practicing medicine.
    Disclaimer: Please feel free to use or present this project, but David Kawior and Nicola Brodie should be cited. This project may not be modified without the permission of the author [nicbrodie@gmail.com, david.kawior@gmail.com].

  • Cultural Competency in Sexual Health Practice
    Author: Nilofer Khan Habibullah
    By 2007, ethnic minorities comprised nearly 35% of the US population. Numerous studies have concluded that lack of understanding of cultural mores surrounding sexual and reproductive health can form barriers to immigrants in need of health care, often leading to patient dissatisfaction with the health provider, underutilization of health services, and poorer health outcomes for immigrants and their families. A culturally sensitive method of sexual history/physical that promotes an attitude of respect (even when the patient's cultural mores contradict your own) and demonstration of wanting to know their cultural values in order to help communicate their care better, is integral to fostering patient trust. This final project on fostering cultural competency is a white coat card comprising two sections: General Pointers When Dealing With Culturally Diverse Groups and a Step-by Step Guide on Performing a Pelvic Exam.
    Disclaimer: Please feel free to use or present this project, but author’s name should be cited. This project may not be modified without the permission of the author [nilo.metalrex@gmail.com]

  • El Control: Birth Control in Latin America
    Author: Dara Mendelsohn
    This lecture is a survey of different methods of birth control put into the context of different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The learning objectives include (1) discuss common birth control methods used in Latino countries (2) contextualize uses and repercussions of specific birth control methods (3) organize popular forms of contraceptive on a country-to-country basis (4) introduce Spanish translations of common forms of birth control and reproductive anatomy.
    Disclaimer: Please feel free to use or present this project, but Dara Mendelsohn should be cited. This project may be modified.

  • Introduction to Sexual History Taking – Discussions of Religion and Sexuality
    Author: Talie Lewis
    In an attempt to incorporate the unique SHSP experience with the experience of living in a place home to a religiously and culturally diverse population, I've created a session that will examine sexual history taking practices of populations with unique cultural/religious concerns. The session will focuses on the Ultra Orthodox Jewish and religious Bedouin populations (both of whom students from my program in Beersheva, Israel will encounter on the wards).
    Disclaimer: Please feel free to use or present this project, but Talie Lewis should be cited. This project may be modified.

  • A (Muslim) Parent's Guide to Sex Education
    Author: Adnin Zaman
    The purpose of this handout is to educate religious parents about how and what to teach their children about sex. Sex education should start at birth and be age-appropriate and so this guide covers topics that ought to be addressed in three age groups: 0-7, 8-12, and 13-17 years. Most of the information is applicable to youth regardless of religion. However, since this handout is specifically directed towards Muslim parents, the religious content can be changed based on a family's specific beliefs.
    Disclaimer: Please feel free to use or present this project, but the Adnin Zaman and Laila Al-Marayati should be cited. This project may be modified.

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