Resources will help educate patients about sexuality
Last year’s ISMA House of Delegates (HOD) readopted Resolution 08-33, “Comprehensive Sexuality Education,” as Resolution 18-20. The resolution, now part of the ISMA Public Policy Manual, directs ISMA to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education in schools.

It also affirms ISMA’s commitment to “promoting physician education opportunities and offering CME credits for courses including reproductive medical care of teens; logistics and medico-legal issues of teen medicine; sexual behavior and public health; and physicians’ role in life-span comprehensive sexuality education.”

For physicians who want to learn more or update their knowledge about reproductive care of teens (and older patients), the ISMA Education Department recommends the following courses:

Let’s Talk About Sex

American Academy of Pediatrics, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2 hours CME credit
  • Available online until June 28, 2021
  • Free
Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe adolescent development and its impact on the provision of appropriate preventive services.
  • Give reasons why confidentiality is essential to adolescent clinical care.
  • Describe elements of approaching and talking about sexual and reproductive health issues with adolescent patients.
  • List barriers to adolescents seeking and receiving sexual health services and possible ways to remove the barriers.
  • Identify strategies for taking a comprehensive sexual history with adolescent patients.
  • Recall the scope and risk factors for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in adolescents.
  • List STI screening, management, and treatment recommendations for adolescent patients.

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide
National Coalition for Sexual Health
This resource addresses a physician’s role in reproductive health over the course of a patient’s life. Included are essential sexual questions to ask of patients at least annually at each stage of their lives.