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Title: A Survey on the Experience of Singaporean Trainees in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Family Medicine of Sexual Problems and Views on Training in Sexual Medicine
Authors: Huang, Z. 
Choong, D.S.
Ganesan, Adaikan P. 
Logan, S. 
Keywords: Family Medicine Residents
OBGYN
Sexual Problems
Training in Sexual Medicine
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Huang, Z., Choong, D.S., Ganesan, Adaikan P., Logan, S. (2020). A Survey on the Experience of Singaporean Trainees in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Family Medicine of Sexual Problems and Views on Training in Sexual Medicine. Sexual Medicine 8 (1) : 107-113. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esxm.2019.12.001
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Introduction: Asian patients may have more difficulty seeking help for their sexual problems because of a largely conservative culture. Residents from both obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) and family medicine (FM) departments are ideally placed to address sexual problems. Aim: This survey explored the experience of residents from OBGYN and FM in managing sexual problems and their views on training in sexual medicine (SM). Method: An anonymized questionnaire collecting data on trainee characteristics, exposure to male and female sexual problems, and training in SM was sent to all FM and OBGYN residents in Singapore. These residents had completed their medical registration with the Singapore Medical Council and were at various stages of specialty training in both FM and OBGYN residency programs in Singapore. Main Outcome Measure: Trainees’ exposure to male and female sexual problems and their views on training in Sexual Medicine. Results: The overall response from the survey was 63.5% (122/192)—54% (70/129) and 69% (52/75) of FM and OBGYN residents responded, respectively. 63% were female, with 22% being senior residents, and 55% attended Singaporean medical schools. About one quarter (30/122) of the respondents encountered patients with sexual problems at least monthly. Most would refer these patients directly to specialists, psychologists, and sex therapists. More than 80% of residents were not confident in managing sexual problems in either sex (89% for male problems; 83% for female problems). Among the recognized categories, only 30% felt confident to manage erectile dysfunction, 26% for vaginismus, while less than 10% felt confident to manage libido, arousal, or orgasm disorders. 95% of the residents agreed that SM should be part of both training curricula, with 70% and 25% suggesting at junior and senior residency, respectively. 93% of them were interested to obtain further knowledge and skills in SM through their core training curriculum and from seminars. Conclusions: This survey reported a significant number of residents in OBGYN and FM departments are regularly exposed to patients with sexual problems but lack the skills to manage them. OBGYN residents were more familiar with managing female sexual problems while FM residents tend to have more experience in male sexual problems. Almost universally, the residents in FM and OBGYN were very keen to acquire skills in SM, and the results support the incorporation of appropriate knowledge and skills into both national residency program curricula. Huang Z, Choong DS, Ganesan AP, et al. A Survey on the Experience of Singaporean Trainees in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Family Medicine of Sexual Problems and Views on Training in Sexual Medicine. J Sex Med 2019;8:107–113. © 2019 The Authors
Source Title: Sexual Medicine
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/196796
ISSN: 20501161
DOI: 10.1016/j.esxm.2019.12.001
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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