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Consortium Active in Summit on Medical Education in Sexual Health

Two Consortium board members participated in the first Summit on Medical Education in Sexual Health, advocating for the inclusion of older adult sexuality in medical school curricula. The summit brought together experts in medical education, sexual health, and sexuality education to confront a crisis in medical care, i.e., physicians’ inability to adequately address patient needs for sexual healthcare and education.

The two-day summit included a work session during which participants developed guidelines for medical education curriculum in sexual health. These guidelines will be distributed to medical schools in the US and Canada. Melanie Davis and Anita P. Hoffer represented the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University.

“It was an honor to be part of this groundbreaking event, and Anita and I are pleased to have succeeded in getting education in sexuality and aging included in the guidelines,” said Davis, co-president of the Consortium.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality, the summit’s 42 participants from the US and Canada included former US Surgeons General Joycelyn Elders, MD and David Satcher.

In addition to developing the guidelines, participants are working on individual projects that will further the summit’s goals.  Davis is co-authoring an article with the American Medical Student Association’s coordinators of the Sexual Health Scholars Program, which relies on Widener University graduate students as peer educators.

See a photo of summit participants and read more here.

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