Sexual Medicine

Dates: June 13, 2019; Dec 11, 2019; and June 2020 date TBD

Location: West Bank Office Building 

The purpose of this interactive course is to establish a framework in which to approach sexual health beyond pregnancy/contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

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    Learners will:

    • Understand how sexual health, gender identity, and general health intersect
    • Learn how to evaluate and treat common sexual dysfunctions
    • Become familiar with interdisciplinary sexual medicine interventions.
    • Improve skills in sexual history taking and incorporating sexual orientation and gender identity information in the EMR
    • Gain practical knowledge of sexual aids and medical devices
    • Learn how to incorporate sexual medicine into a primary care practice
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    Registration is for non-University of Minnesota family medicine residents, medical students, and community physicians or healthcare professionals. Fees include tuition, syllabus, parking, and lunch.


Course Learning Objectives

Taking a Sexual History

  • Recognize when and why to take a sexual history
  • Identify at least three appropriate questions to ask patients about their sexual history
  • Determine barriers to taking sexual history and how to deal with them

Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

  • Recognize the spectrum of gender identity, sexual orientation, and sex at birth
  • Describe the effects of minority stress on sexual and gender minorities
  • Determine how to incorporate SO/GI information into your clinical practice

Male Sexual Dysfunction

  • Identify the prevalence of disorders of erectile function and ejaculatory function in men
  • Describe the evaluation process and treatment options for these disorders
  • List guidelines for initiating testosterone replacement therapy in cisgender men

Female Sexual Dysfunction

  • Illustrate and utilize PLISSIT model for addressing sexual health concerns
  • Identify common medications that may negatively impact sexual function
  • List the three most prevalent female sexual dysfunctions
  • Describe the evaluation and treatment of low libido in women

Interdisciplinary Interventions in Sexual Health

  • Describe the role of pelvic physical therapy in treating sexual dysfunction
  • Identify the differences between types of lubricants and their advantages/disadvantages
  • List various sexual aids or toys and their uses in improving sexual function
  • Recognize the role of sex therapy in treating sexual dysfunction and improving relationships

Sexual Minority Health

  • Identify health concerns that are increased or specific to sexual minority men and women
  • Demonstrate familiarity with HIV/STI risks for sexual minority men and women
  • Describe parenting options for sexual minority couples

Transgender Health

  • Recall the role of and challenges to the primary care provider in transgender healthcare
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the basics of transgender hormone therapy and surgical interventions
  • Summarize the concept of transgender-specific health maintenance across the lifespan

Incorporating Sexual Medicine in Primary Care

  • Consider how you will incorporate sexual medicine into your future practice
  • Identify how other providers have overcome time pressure to address sexual health with their patients
  • Describe cross-cultural barriers that providers have encountered and possible solutions