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Twelve Tips for Teaching Medical Students about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Gishen, F; Kavanagh, J; Mayhew, J; (2019) Twelve Tips for Teaching Medical Students about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). MedEdPublish 10.15694/mep.2019.000117.1. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Seeing women or girls from FGM practising communities can be a challenge for healthcare professionals, involving a complex interplay of professional duties, legal requirements, social and cultural understanding, and sensitive, skilled communication. Aims and methods: Robust training on how to identify and support women and girls who have undergone or who are at risk of FGM, including fulfilling FGM-related legal duties, is essential for healthcare professionals. We believe it is important that this training begins in medical school so that junior doctors feel prepared to talk to women and girls from FGM practising communities as soon as they qualify and start work. Results: We have reviewed the limited existing literature on teaching medical and other healthcare students about FGM and have drawn on our many years of providing well-evaluated teaching sessions on FGM at UCL Medical School to design twelve tips as a blueprint for running sensitive and effective undergraduate teaching on FGM. Conclusions: Effective teaching for medical students on FGM is important and feasible. Curricula leads and individual teachers will benefit from a structured, comprehensive and culturally sensitive approach outlined in the twelve tips.

Type: Article
Title: Twelve Tips for Teaching Medical Students about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15694/mep.2019.000117.1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2019.000117.1
Language: English
Additional information: The author has declared that there are no conflicts of interest. This has been published under Creative Commons "CC BY 4.0" (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)
Keywords: FGM; Female genital mutilation; Female circumcision; undergraduate medical education; teaching medical students sensitive topics; Violence against women and girls; decolonizing the curriculum
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070562
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