Sex, Bugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Service-Learning Innovation to enhance medical student knowledge and comfort with sexual health.

Date of Review: November, 2018

This sexual health curriculum, from MedEdPORTAL, was delivered to 5th year medical students in New Zealand and enhances their knowledge and comfort in addressing patients’ sexual health. The resource is effective in utilizing multiple learning methods (team-based learning, small group discussion, reflection, and a presentation that applies their knowledge) to enhance students’ knowledge and comfort with sexual health. A major strength of the curriculum is the relationship students develop with the community partners and the partners’ input & feedback for the students’ presentations. Another strength is the objective assessment of student knowledge about sexual health. It is relatively time-intensive for planning and implementation, consisting of a 1 week long module in which the students work as a team to develop an initiative based on a sexual health topic and present this initiative to a community partnered organization. In addition, while the use of multiple educational strategies would improve and reinforce students’ knowledge on the topics, this could as be a limitation as other institutions might have as much time or resources to incorporate all the strategies. —Mobola Campbell, MD, NCEAS & Sarah Hale, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:

jen.desrosiers@otago.ac.nz

Institution:

University of Otago

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Dunedin, New Zealand

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:

MedEdPORTAL

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Measured in Learner Knowledge

Outcome and Study Design:

Pre/Post

Level of Learner Assessment:

Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)

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