Sex- and Gender-Informed Medicine: Research, Clinical Practice, and Population Health

Credits: 4 CREDITS (2P+2B)
Director(s): Deborah Bartz, Alex Keuroghlian, JoAnn Manson
Offered: April
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Associate Directors: Jennifer Potter, Sari Reisner, Janet Rich-Edwards. This course will prepare students for research and the translation of research to clinical practice that appropriately considers the role of sex and gender diversity in each element of health and disease. Students will learn why sex- and gender-informed medicine is important, the research methodologies involved, and clinical practice considerations that span the patient’s risk, presentation, response to therapy, and interactions with the healthcare system. Incorporating sex and gender diversity into research can present both challenges and opportunities at each step of the process. Students will build skills to critically analyze primary medical literature and learn innovative, inclusive research methodologies. Considering sex differences, as well as the diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex development, and the role of minority stress, will be underlying themes through the course, and research methods that account for this continuum and related social determinants of health will be highlighted. Local and national experts will present the most recent sex- and gender-informed advances in basic science, clinical care, population health, health systems research, and health policy. Opportunities will be provided to spend time with experienced clinicians and mentors who successfully practice sex- and gender-informed medicine, as well as opportunities to design research or prepare publications relevant to this field. Lastly, students will be encouraged to reflect on how sex and gender have influenced their own experiences and professional development. Course Manager: EJ Jarvie