Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH presents: A Longitudinal Study of Medical Students in the Sexual Health Course
A longitudinal evaluation of the full sexual health course for Year 1 MD students was carried out using the SHEPS with an incentivized volunteer sample of 74 medical students selected a semester before the course. The SHEPS was filled out then and in the week following the final exam of the course, and questionnaires matched. Data indicated highly significant changes pre-post test, and effect size calculations indicated large to huge effects in both the communications skills and the knowledge items for those SHEPS scales. For the attitudes items, however only a few indicated significant changes and with small effect sizes. Examination of relationships with the OSCE standardized patients' ratings of the students indicated no relationships with OSCE scores, in line with research, but there was a significant relationship between several of the attitude items: two predicted nearly a quarter of the OSCE total. These data are among the few recent evaluations of sexual health courses and suggest that the course has a major impact on student communication skills and knowledge. However, it has minimal impact on attitudes and the presenter will discuss the implications of these data for the course and for sexual health teaching more broadly.
Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, is faculty in the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality and was appointed the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education in 2014. He holds 11 degrees, including a MedDr, a PhD in cross-cultural health psychology, and degrees in criminology and health education. Ross has studied sexuality and sexual and mental health for more than 30 years in several countries: India, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Ross has also published more than 500 publications and books. Additionally, he worked extensively in prison environments and wrote a book about prison physical and mental health. Ross has also practiced as a clinical psychologist and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society.of LGBTQ+ individuals, and sources of coping and resilience in LGBTQ+ individuals.