, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 549-553

Improving students’ sexual history inquiry and HIV counseling with an interactive workshop using standardized patients

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Sexual history and HIV counseling are essential clinical skills. Our project’s purpose was to evaluate a standardized patient (SP) educational intervention teaching third-year medical students sexual history taking and HIV counseling. A 4-hour SP workshop was delivered to one-half of the class. Four weeks later, all students engaged in an SP examination including one station on assessing sexual history taking and HIV counseling. Workshop participants scored one standard deviation higher on sexual history and HIV counseling items than nonparticipants. Our sexual history and HIV counseling curriculum was associated with students asking more thorough sexual histories and providing more HIV counseling.

Presented at the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting on February 21, 2003 in New Orleans, La and presented at the Society of General Internal Medicine 26th Annual Meeting on May 3, 2003 in Vancouver, Canada.
Supported in part by a Pre-doctoral Primary Care Internal Medicine Training Grant funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA D16 HP 00038-01).
The authors will provide the standardized patient materials (cases and checklists) and the Sexual History and HIV Counseling Student and Instructor References to any clerkship or residency program directors requesting the materials.