Sex and Gender Health Education Summit: Advancing Curricula Through a Multidisciplinary Lens

Alyson J. McGregor, Eliza L. Chin, Mary K. Rojek, Kathleen B. Digre, Ana Maria Lopez, Katharine Jenkins, Leanne Johnston, Marjorie Jenkins

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Abstract

Introduction: The Sex and Gender Health Education (SGHE) Summit was a national collaboration that engaged educational thought leaders from various health professions to advance curricula by integrating sex- and gender-based evidence into health education. Materials and Methods: The SGHE Summit was held over a 2.5-day period April 2018 at the University of Utah. Pre- and postsummit surveys assessed attitudinal and knowledge changes. Results: A total of 246 health care professionals and trainees from U.S. and International Institutions attended. One hundred fifty-seven presummit surveys and 115 postsummit surveys were completed. Postsummit beliefs: SGHE is critical to precision medicine (100%); it is essential to include female animals in preclinical research studies (96%); sex and gender concepts could be used to improve men's health (99%). A teaching tool summarizes the initial questions to consider in SGHE. Conclusion: The SGHE Summit was the first multiprofessional large-scale national effort focused on the integration of sex and gender knowledge into the education of all health professionals. Summit participants now represent a national network of educators and clinicians who recognize the centrality of sex and gender to health professionals' knowledge and practice. These educational efforts will ultimately ensure a more personalized health care delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1728-1736
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume28
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • education
  • health professions
  • sex and gender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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