Changing Perceptions: Intimate Partner Violence and the Health Care System
Mohit Bhandari / Sonia Dosanjh
It has been often said that intimate partner violence crosses all lines including race, age, ability difference, class (or income) and education levels. We propose to organize a third workshop for faculty, residents, medical students, and other health care professionals to identify and address issues for victims of violence present in medical education and practice, particularly in the area of surgery. The workshop will focus on the diversity of victims with a focus on the following particular areas: same sex partner abuse, intimate partner violence in different cultural/racial groups, intimate partner violence among victims living with a disability. The goals of this workshop are: 1) to provide a forum where health care professionals can discuss diversity and violence issues with surgery and allied professions; 2) to explore specific screening and assessing tools for victims of violence from diverse communities; 3) to discuss strategies to address these issues.
Development of an InterProfessional Module on Gender and Poverty
The InterProfessional (IP) Education Initiative in the Faculty of Health Sciences is developing a “menu” of events for students to select activities for the purpose of achieving competencies related to IP practice. The Gender and health Collaborative Curriculum Project has developed self-directed e-learning modules for physicians and medical students, and has encouraged us to adapt the Gender and Poverty module for IP students. Project outcomes include: integration of Gender and Health education into the IP curriculum; faculty trained to facilitate Gender and Health in an IP context; increased student awareness of the roles, behaviours and relationship of women, men, boys and girls in relation to isseus of poverty and health; creation of a framework for adapting other existing modules into sustainable resources for IP student use. In addition, students would not only learn about various scopes of practice, but also about professional issues of gender, roles, and behaviours.