Taking an Inclusive Sexual History

OVERVIEW

Designed to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to take comprehensive sexual histories from patients, this online course focuses on creating a safe and inclusive environment for patients, particularly those from the LGBTQIA+ community. The course is divided into three sections: Before the Visit, During the Visit, and Post Visit, ensuring a comprehensive approach to understanding and conducting sexual history assessments. 

Our expert instructor, Dr. Alex Gonzalez, acts as your guide, showcasing example language and frameworks to empower you on this essential aspect of healthcare practice. This evidence-based course incorporates several scenarios of fictional but realistic clinician / patient interactions. Get ready to enhance your skills and make a positive impact on patient care!

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, and medical students and residents.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

1. Describe the importance of taking a sexual history as part of providing caring, competent, and comprehensive clinical care.

2. Identify the essential components of a sexual history.

3. Recognize obstacles to obtaining a sexual history in a clinical setting, as well as ways to overcome these obstacles.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacist
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacy technician
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.50 Completion
Course opens: 
12/18/2023
Course expires: 
12/13/2026
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Alex Gonzalez, MD, MPH (he/him)

Alex Gonzalez, MD, MPH is the Internal Medicine Chief at Atrius Health’s Copley site, where he oversees a staff of over a dozen physicians and nurse practitioners in the delivery of comprehensive medical care to approximately 25,000 patients. Previously, he served as medical director at Fenway Health, an LGBTQIA+ focused federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Boston. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Attending Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a certified HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He was named the Outstanding Massachusetts Community Health Center Physician by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers in 2016, and in 2022 he received the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) LGBT Health Workforce Conference Health Professional Leadership Award.

Clinical Advisors

Chloe Schwenke, PhD, (she/her) is President and Founder of the Center for Values in International Development, based in Washington, DC. She has focused on LGBTQ+ issues, inclusive development, gender equality/equity, democracy/governance, and human rights during her career. Dr. Schwenke served under President Obama as the first openly transgender political appointee in the federal foreign affairs agencies, where she was active on LGBTI human rights and development issues globally. Later, she was Vice President at Freedom House, where she led the Dignity for All program to support LGBTI human rights. Her career includes international development project experience in over 40 countries.

Paul J. Doherty, MD, FAAP, (he/him) serves as the Pediatric LGBTQ+ Clinical Lead at Mary’s Center (with locations in Washington, DC & Maryland) where he has practiced for over ten years. While he counts himself lucky to see a rich diversity of patients and families at Mary’s Center, he is particularly welcoming to LGBTQ+ patients and families, or those who have questions about those issues.

Conflicts of Interest

There are no conflicts of interest declared for this course.

Anti-discrimination Policy

Dr. Gonzalez and the advisors have agreed to our anti-discrimination policy that prohibits the inclusion of discriminatory language, graphics, or references on the basis of race, gender identity, age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion.

PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACY TECHNICIANS

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

ACPE Pharmacist: (1.50 Contact Hours) UAN: 0536-9999-23-026-H99-P

ACPE Pharmacy Technician: (1.50 Contact Hours) UAN: 0536-9999-23-026-H99-T

PHYSICIANS – AMA CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PHYSICIANS – ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Innovation Horizons. The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacist
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacy technician
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.50 Completion
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Required Hardware/software

 

High-Speed Internet Connection

Adobe Reader for PDF file download

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