In this elective, the student will learn about the specialty of sexual medicine and how it pertains to cancer survivors. This elective will also teach students about what makes sexual medicine unique in regard to the comprehensive care of cancer patients. Sexual medicine has been defined as a scientific discipline that embraces the study, diagnosis, and treatment of sexual health concerns of men and women. Its basic knowledge bases draw from the areas of endocrinology, gynecology, neurology, psychology, and urology, but incorporate many other disciplines as well. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer can often affect sexual functioning and have a grave impact on quality of life. This is an outpatient experience. Students will spend time on MSK’s Urology service, and (possibly) MSK’s Mental Health service. They will observe patients being triaged, evaluated, and treated, and, when available and appropriate, patient surgeries. The student will learn the value of survivorship medicine and concerns for cancer patients, and will understand the impact of surgery, radiation, and adjunctive chemotherapy, as well as its effect on survivorship, quality of life, and sexual health.
At the completion of the elective, the student will be expected to:
Address survivorship and general health maintenance concerns for both male and female cancer survivors
Generate a comprehensive sexual health and psychosexual history
Perform an appropriate physical exam and order appropriate laboratory tests
Formulate an assessment with a differential diagnosis
Develop a multimodal comprehensive treatment plan
Participate actively in Sexual Medicine Working Group research meetings and ongoing clinical research. The student must demonstrate that he or she is sensitive to complex sexual health issues, thus an interview is required prior to enrollment.
For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.