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As a basic and pervasive component of human existence, sexuality is a topic that physicians should be familiar and comfortable with in relation to their patients´┐Ż health and wellbeing. This elective course will address the often delicate issue of human sexuality as it relates to clinical medicine in particular, and being human and involved in human relationship in general. Experts in their field, faculty members will present lectures, lead discussions, and enable students to better understand the complex interplay between sex, culture, and gender, while gaining confidence in dealing with the social and medical implication of sexuality. To ensure a wellrounded, interdisciplinary approach, students will study clinical case studies, textbooks, and journal articles, as well as literary works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and film. Students will develop a 45-minute presentation on a topic relating to human sexuality as it relates to medicine to be presented to the students and the public.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu )

Director: Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - Indianapolis

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Communicate their knowledge about the issues of human sexuality that arise as a physicians treats their patients (MK1)
  • 2) Examine concepts of human sexuality from a medical, ethical, and literary perspective as they communicate with patients, families, and colleagues about delicate issues (MK7)
  • 3) Communicate to colleagues about issues related to sexuality (ISC1)
  • 4) Discuss and articulate the broader context of human sexuality in terms of history, literature, culture, and medicine (MK7)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (project; exam)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 30-40

Time Distribution: 30% reading/watching films outside of class; 25% presentation preparation; 20% lecture/discussion; 15% research and group project; 10% field trip/research

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu )

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None