Medical Education

INMD 6816: Human Sexuality

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH) conducts this required course in human sexuality for first-year medical students to prepare them to render effective primary care for sexual concerns of patients. Primary care will consist basically of providing patients with information and helpful suggestions and refer patients who require more specialized forms of health care. The course is an introduction to basic and clinical skills that will be part of every physician's armamentarium regardless of specialty. Further learning experiences are available as electives.
Course Director: Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH
Instructors: Experts drawn from the UMN medical school and the community. 
Small Group Facilitators: ISGH faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and clinicians act as small group facilitators for this course.

FMCH 7516: Research in Human Sexuality

4 credits; year 3-4 elective for Medical School undergrad students, graduate students, residents
Instructor: Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH
Description: This elective consists of clinical and/or laboratory research related to human sexuality, and is adaptable to the specific interests of the student and faculty. It involves ongoing research projects in areas such as gender dysphoria, compulsive sexual behavior, sex offenses, and sexual dysfunction. This course will demonstrate the need for research in sex-related areas.

FMCH 7527: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health

2 credits; year 3-4 elective for Medical School undergrad students, graduate students, residents
Instructors: Joshua Thompson, MD, Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH
Description: In this course, students will gain an understanding of the health risks experienced by LGBT individuals and will practice assessing sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual health, and discussing specific health concerns and treatment options in order to become comfortable working with this population. Students will also hear from LGBT individuals themselves about their healthcare experiences and how they wish to be treated. In addition, physicians who are LGB and/or transgender will talk about managing their professional and personal identities, as well as being "out" in the community and identifying as an LGBT-friendly healthcare provider.

FMCH 7585: Sexual Problems in Clinical Practice

Credits arranged
Instructors: Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD, Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH
Description: This course requires a minimum commitment of 40 hours per week (some evening time possible) over a 2 week period. Students will have the opportunity for observation through shadowing sexual health clinicians, including physicians, sex therapists and others. Students will observe and have limited participation in sex-related education and counseling through participation in intake and assessment sequences, observations of individual and con

FMCH 5950: Clinical Issues in Human Sexuality

Course currently on hiatus
3 cr; also offered to graduate students in health sciences, family social science, education, psychology
Instructor: Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH
Description: Clinical issues, assessment techniques, and treatment techniques pertaining to common sexual problems.

FMCH 5555: Sexual Counseling for Family Physicians

Course currently on hiatus
2 credits; prereq medical school completion
Instructor: TBD
Offered twice each year; 1 day seminar
Description: Assessment of and therapy for sexual dysfunction problems that arise in clinical practice of primary care physicians. Required for psychiatry and family medicine residents.

FMCH 5955: Directed Study in Human Sexuality

1-15 credits; qualified students may register with permission of instructor for work on a tutorial basis as arranged.
Instructors: Eli Coleman, PhD, Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH


Residency Education

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH) offers a 1½ day elective seminar for residents on sexual counseling. The course covers common sexual problems that may be encountered in clinical practice. It is taught by ISGH and other Family Medicine and Community Health faculty and is under the direction of Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD. On occasion, guest lecturers from other Medical School departments have been invited to lecture in this course.

Family Medicine residents can also rotate through ISGH as a clinical elective. This course is under the direction of Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD. One to two residents can be accommodated at any given time.

ISGH offers a number of other graduate-level academic courses in human sexuality. In addition, the faculty are frequently invited to offer lectures for conferences and to lecture for other graduate education courses.

Summit on Medical School Education in Sexual Health

Held in 2012, 2014, and 2016, the Summit on Medical School Education in Sexual Health gathers key US and Canadian medical school educators in sexual health education, medical school educators, and interested parties at the federal level (CDC, AMA, AAMC) to examine the situation, discuss the challenges and opportunities, share lessons learned, and make recommendations for insuring that physicians are properly trained to address the sexual health needs of their patients when they go out in practice. We will attempt to invigorate and stimulate a comprehensive and integrated sexual health curriculum that should be put into place in every US and Canadian medical school. As a result of the first summit in 2012, we published the meeting report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The University of Minnesota offers an innovative medical school experience, and we are a leader in sexual health education for future physicians. This summit is a critical step in addressing the problem of sexual health education in our medical schools.

Please click here to view all resulting papers from these summits.

This summit is sponsored by the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota Medical School.