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Identifying needs on teaching/learning sexuality in a Portuguese medical school

de-Lacerda, N1; Valido, T1; Pais-de-Lacerda, A1

1: Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon , Portugal

Objective: Teaching / learning issues related to human sexuality in medical schools carries the risk of making many of (normal) human intimate behaviours pathological.

The curriculum of a discipline (or even the subjects for discussion in workshops) should be carefully thought out, also taking into account the most important concerns / issues or difficulties that the students themselves feel in these subjects, possibly making their future clinical practice uncomfortable and disturbing professional management. This was a concern of the Department of Education of the Student Association, seeking to anticipate the needs of medical students in this area.

Material and Methods: According to medical student’s answers on the topics they would like most to be treated during their medical years, following a workshop on "Let's talk about sex" (AIMS Meeting, 2017), to the "scale of knowledge, comfort and attitudes of physiotherapy students towards human sexuality (SKCAPS)" and to the attempt to construct a curriculum for residents of psychiatry in Ohio (2010), a survey was built and sent via the internet to FML medical students through its student association. Sending it to 10 randomly chosen students initially validated this survey. The questionnaires were then sent to 2200 medical students of all school years.

Results: So far, responses of only 10% of the reporting population were received, the deadline for submitting responses being the 15th December 2017. All results are awaited in order to carry out their statistical evaluation. These data will be commented in our presentation.

Conclusions: Elaborating a questionnaire assessing needs about a new topic is fundamental to any area of teaching / learning activities. However in the area of human sexuality this practice is especially relevant because of the socio-cultural and psychological aspects involved. The majority of students did agree that education about human sexuality is missing at the medical school they attend, and that it should be an important part of medical curriculum being relevant to their future practice. While there is no discipline in the faculty medical curriculum, it is important that the Student Association maintains due attention to these needs and continues to promote workshops on these topics.


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