doctors to get sex education
U.Va. Health System is one
of seven medical schools in the nation to receive an educational
grant from Pfizer, Inc. to develop and implement an innovative,
multidisciplinary curriculum in sexual health medicine.
schools outlined proposed course work during a four-year medical
school program that would relate to diagnosing and managing medical
and psychological conditions that make patient care particularly
complex. The curriculum also must encompass social and ethical
dimensions of care.
to a National Institutes of Health study, education of physicians
and other health professionals in aspects of human sexuality is
currently inadequate and curriculum development is urgently needed.
these grants of $100,000, Pfizer, Inc. hopes to increase awareness
and understanding among health professionals and the academic
community of the importance of sexual health as a critical component
of overall health and wellness.
development is personally important for all individuals, but is
rarely discussed as a public health or medical issue, said
Dr. Anita Clayton, vice chair of the Department of Psychiatric
Medicine at U.Va. and one of three leaders of the program. We
hope to address knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal interactions
that are important for medical students to appropriately help
their patients with this basic health issue.
will develop the curriculum with Elizabeth McGarvey, director
of the Division of Prevention Research and associate professor
of psychiatric medicine, and Dr. Christine M. Peterson, assistant
professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director
of gynecology for student health at U.Va.