FMCH 7585: Sexual Problems in Clinical Practice

Course Availability:   2017-2018   2018-2019

General Information

Course Director:  Brian D. Zamboni, PhD,

Course Coordinator:  Peter Cao, (612) 624-0452,


MS Year:  MS3 or MS4

Periods offered:  All periods

Total credits (weeks):  2

Consent requirement:  None

Patient care:  Yes

Clinical site(s):  PHS: Program in Human Sexuality, Center for Sexual Health, 1300 South 2nd St., Suite 180, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule:  M-F 8:00am-5:00pm with some possible evenings


Required or Elective:  Elective

Limited to student type:  No

Prerequisites:  None

Course equivalency:  None

Open to visiting students:  This course may be available to visiting medical students. Go to the Visiting Medical Students page on the Family Medicine and Community Health website for more information.


Discipline(s):  Family Medicine & Community Health

Description:  This course requires a minimum commitment of 40 hours per week (some evening time possible) over a 2 week period. Students will have the opportunity for observation and practice of sex-related education and counseling through participation in intake and assessment sequences, individual and conjoint sessions, and group sex therapy. Each student will be supervised by a member of the Program in Human Sexuality staff. The student is expected to participate in several hours of staff conferences and seminars each week. Readings will be assigned.  Please email the course director regarding the logistics at least 2 weeks prior to your start date.

Course objectives:  This course will demonstrate the importance of sex-related aspects of health care and provide an opportunity for diagnosis and management of common sex-related concerns and problems encountered in clinical practice.

Through participation in the course, the student will be able to:

  • take a thorough and appropriate sex history.
  • deal comfortably and thoroughly with sex-related material in an interviewing situation.
  • provide patients with basic sex education in an effective and appropriate manner.
  • distinguish a routinely treatable sexual complaint from one requiring extensive, highly specialized treatment.
  • make an effective referral of patients with sexual problems to specialized resources when appropriate.


Graded components:

  • Clinical assessment by preceptor

Grading scale:  H/E/S/N


An evaluation of the elective by the student will be set up in E*Value.


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