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SGWHC Recap

OCTOBER 2015

 

October has been a very exciting month for the Sex and Gender Women's Health Collaborative. We are thrilled that our efforts to promote sex and gender based medicine contributed to a Sex and Gender Medical Education Summit held at the Mayo Clinic on October 18 and 19.
 

The Summit was an enormous success! The entire SGWHC Board was present and involved.  There were 145 in-person participants and 40 live-webinar participants representing 109 US and international medical schools (Canada Austria Germany Sweden Japan). In addition to the medical schools, there were 20 national organizations represented (student, professional, federal, and non-profit).  This was truly a collaborative effort.  We repeatedly heard from Summit participants that they were very enthusiastic about taking what they learned back to their medical schools.

 

The speakers were all outstanding! The agenda was designed not only to inform curriculum leaders in Sex and Gender Based Medicine, but also to highlight excellent educational tools and resources to assist educators in growing existing programs or in creating new programs.  The Workshops produced some very useful ideas:  Creation of Student Competencies in Gender Medicine in alliance with AAMC Standards; and Utilization of SGBM Resources in US Medical Schools: Overcoming Barriers to Achieve Action. 

 

Well-known leaders in Sex and Gender Medicine participated in panel discussions. The long-awaited US Sex and Gender Medical Education Medical Student Survey sponsored by the Laura W. Bush Institute was presented by Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, a former SGWHC board member. The Summit sessions have video archives available through October 2016.  To access these videos, go to this LINK and use Code: 091885.

 

The Summit Proceedings will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.  In 2016, a working group of sex and gender experts will convene to develop competencies for medical education.  There are requests for a 2017 Summit to include Interprofessional Sex and Gender Education.

 

If you are looking for a compelling presentation to introduce the subject of Sex and Gender Based Medicine to your colleagues, please take a few minutes to watch Dr. Alyson McGregor’s spectacular TEDx Talk.  Alyson is a Founding Board Member of SGWHC. Within a week of its posting on National TED, it received over 3000 hits! A real must-see!
During the Summit, executive director Dr. Jan Werbinski unveiled the SGBM Physician Registry, and outlined the procedure that will allow physicians to self-designate as a SGBM Provider.  A link to the Registry is available on the SGWHC Home Page.  Any physician who successfully completes 10 hours of Continuing Medical Education in Sex Based Medicine (which includes the modules developed by the Laura Bush Institute or the NIH) can be listed in the SGBM Physician Registry as a provider who demonstrates a commitment to applying Sex and Gender evidence into their clinical practice. 

In addition to the Registry, a creative Pub Med Search Tool that has been developed by the Laura Bush Institute was also announced. This tool facilitates searches of the MEDLINE database for SGBM specific literature and can be found under the Resources Tab at the Sex and Gender Health.org web page.

 

Our membership has increased by 87 members since September, no doubt boosted by the interest and success of the Summit.  We will continue to post interesting articles and update the SGWHC Blog, so please check the blog periodically, and as always, we welcome comments and suggestions.

         
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