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Upcoming conference: Sexual Health 2017 – Conversations That Matter

You may know that it was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week earlier this month. In the interest of making every day an SRH awareness day, here’s a little challenge for you:

Ask every colleague you know if they are attending Sexual Health 2017

Conversations about sexual health are not just for clinicians with a special interest or focused practice in sexual health. Sexual health is important for everyone. Therefore this conference is relevant for all clinicians.

What: Sexual Health 2017: Conversations That Matter
When: Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017
Where: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport

For more information and to register: http://ubccpd.ca/course/SexualHealth2017

MDs (primary care and specialist) who do not specifically work in a focused realm of sexual health may be a group for whom confidence and competence in sexual health represents an unperceived learning need. So be sure to ask your family doctor too!

Why should you and your colleagues attend?

  • Sexual health is important to patients, but may be neglected by clinicians due to lack of training, fluency or comfort.
  • In society and as individuals, we recognize the role of sex in pleasure, relationships and identity. As clinicians, however, we focus primarily on the negative consequences of sex: preventing or addressing conception, disease and violence. We may also forget that some aspects of sexuality have nothing to do with sex.
  • This conference seeks to expand the clinical conversation about sexual health, which is relevant to all clinicians – whether we work in primary care, specialty or focused practice. If and how we have those conversations has profound impacts for our patients.

Sexual Health 2017: March 31-April 1, 2017

I hope to see you there!

Marisa Collins, MD MHSc CCFP FCFP
Sexual Health 2017 Conference Chair