Journal of the Scientific Society

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17--19

Inclusion of sexual health-related competencies in undergraduate medical education


Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava, Prateek Saurabh Shrivastava 
 Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Prateek Saurabh Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
India

Sexual health has been recognized as an essential component of the overall health of humans. The purpose of current review is to explore the need and opportunities for the incorporation of sexual health-related competencies in the undergraduate medical curriculum. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine, and a total of 9 articles were selected based upon the suitability with the current review objectives and analyzed. Keywords used in the search include sexual health and medical education in the title alone only. In general, the health professionals are not ready for this role on their own, and this establishes the need that undergraduate medical students should be exposed to competencies pertaining to sexual health during their training period. In the current setup, we cannot ignore the fact that not many teaching hours are assigned to sexual health, there is absence of standard competencies, lack of plans for teaching-learning or assessment of the same, and the discomfort among both doctors and patients to openly talk about the same. The competencies for sexual health should be formulated, and subsequently, a thorough curriculum mapping should be done. In conclusion, regardless of the specialty branch which an undergraduate medical student might opt in the future, there is an indispensable need to expose them to competencies pertaining to the maintenance of sexual health and well-being.


How to cite this article:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Inclusion of sexual health-related competencies in undergraduate medical education.J Sci Soc 2022;49:17-19


How to cite this URL:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Inclusion of sexual health-related competencies in undergraduate medical education. J Sci Soc [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 May 29 ];49:17-19
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