An Online Learning Community and Course (October 2016 – February 2017)
AMSA firmly believes in comprehensive sexual education for people throughout the life cycle. As such, it is crucial that medical students be taught about sexual health and sexual dysfunction in order to effectively treat and teach their patients. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported 43% of women and 31% of men in the United States experience sexual problems. Sexual problems included issues with desire, arousal, orgasm, or pain and were often secondary to other medical conditions. Left untreated, sexual problems often have an association with decreased quality of life, depression, interpersonal conflicts, and frequently lead to patient noncompliance with medications. Despite the high prevalence of sexual dysfunction among individuals in the US, many physicians feel inadequately prepared to manage sexual problems and support healthy sexuality. In fact, our course has found that 85% of medical students report receiving less than five hours of medical education dedicated to sexual health.
In 2009, AMSA launched the Sexual Health Leadership Course (formerly known as the Sexual Health Scholars Program) to begin to address the lack of knowledge and skills training of American medical students in sexual health.
What should I expect?
The course will run from October 2016 – February 2017. The course generally alternates between large group sessions and small group sessions, each two hours. Large group sessions will be held on Tuesdays 9-11 PM Eastern Time. The course will include lectures by experts, discussions among students, various media, and collaborative projects. The course will largely be conducted via webinar, an online-based learning platform. You will need access to either phone or audio on your computer.
Weekly required reading and reflection is expected to take 1-3 hours. Live session is 2 hours per week.
Why will I LOVE this Leadership Course?
This is your opportunity to develop knowledge and skills regarding sexual healthcare and become a leader in this field!
|AMSA Student Member||$45|
* Non-member fee includes AMSA membership, if applicable