Sexual Health Teaching in the Family Medicine Clerkship: Results of a CERA Survey. Article

Stumbar, Sarah E, Garba, Nana Aisha, de la Cruz, Marisyl et al. (2021). Sexual Health Teaching in the Family Medicine Clerkship: Results of a CERA Survey. . 5 29. 10.22454/primer.2021.503960

cited authors

  • Stumbar, Sarah E; Garba, Nana Aisha; de la Cruz, Marisyl; Bhoite, Prasad; Holley, Matthew; Adams, Christine; Virani, Anna; Kale, Neelima


  • Introduction

    With growing efforts to provide comprehensive and inclusive sexual health care, family medicine clerkships are well positioned to educate learners about a spectrum of related topics. This study investigated the current state of sexual health instruction in family medicine clerkships, including specific factors impacting its delivery.


    Questions about sexual health curricula were created and included as part of the 2020 Council of Academic Family Medicine's Educational Research Alliance survey of family medicine clerkship directors. The survey was distributed via email to 163 recipients between June 1, 2020 and June 25, 2020.


    One hundred five (64.42%) of 163 clerkship directors responded to the survey. Our results revealed that during family medicine clerkships, family planning, contraception, and pregnancy options counseling are covered significantly more often than topics related to sexual dysfunction and satisfaction and LGBTQ+ health. Most clerkship directors (91.5%) reported less than 5 hours of sexual health training in their curriculum. Those with more dedicated sexual health curricular hours were more likely to include simulation. Lack of time (41.7%) was the most frequently reported barrier to incorporating sexual health content into the clerkship.


    Coverage of sexual health topics during the family medicine clerkship is limited in scope and delivery. To support curricular development and integration, future studies should more thoroughly examine the factors influencing the inclusion of sexual health content in family medicine clerkships as well as the development of assessment methods to determine competency.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021

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