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Sexuality
Select Course Objectives:
To understand and accept that the sexuality of the health client as an integral part of his/her health
To identify the common sexual dysfunctions of men and women
To describe the influence of chronic illnesses and disabilities on sexuality and intimacy
 
To evaluate sexual behavioral patterns as part of a model of prevention of sexualty transmitted diseases or unwanted pregnancies
 
Course structure:
This course is conducted over 7 weekly meetings during the first semester of the third year of the medical school curriculum as part of the unit of study, "Man and Medicine". It  includes frontal lectures and small group meetings. 
 
Course topics:
Anatomy, physiology, varied theoretical paradigms of general and gender specific normative sexuality; Sexuality across the lifespan; Cultural aspects of sexual health care; Sexual dysfunction and gender; Chronic illnesses and disabilities and their influence on sexuality and intimacy; Sexual orientation and gender identity; Sexual abuse
 
Small group meetings:
Small group meetings are facilitated by sex therapists togather with physicians. Discussions about topics such as: communication barriers in speaking about sexual issues with patients or, issues concerning cultural awareness over the lifespan- are presented through the use of multimedia, role playing, and critical thinking learning strategies. Students  have the opportunity to practice the sexual health interview with the integration of the PLISSIT model and to conduct sexual health promotion education simulations.
 
During the course, students have the opportunity to meet with volunteer educators from Hoshen (Hebrew acronym for "Education & Change"), the education and information center of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community in Israel, and to view the film “Love Davka” meeting the director of this personal documentary, Rona Sofer.
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