Sexual and Reproductive Health

Initiatives and Opportunities

We recognize the impact of discrimination based on gender and sexuality on patient’s health. We also recognize the importance of advocacy and information when it comes to improving sexual health.  It is based on these principles that the Local Officers of Reproductive and Sexual Health of the CFMS work upon. Here you can find projects and initiatives in the area of reproductive and sexual health as well as resources for further learning.  

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. We held several events including a presentation from an HIV+ speaker from HIV Edmonton who shared his story.

Sexual History Taking Session with Clinical Skills and Obstetrics/Gynecology Clubs

Second year medical students facilitated the sessions, and first year students were given the opportunity to learn the basics of a sexual history. There was a small teaching session and then each first year student practiced two OSCE style scenarios on sexual history taking including general history, STI focus, or erectile dysfunction in a patient with diabetes.

The Vagina Monologues (TVM)

Production was performed in honor of V-Day, an international day that works to promote an end to the physical and sexual violence experienced by women.  Eve Ensler, author of TVM, and her team began the One Billion Rising Campaign which invites “one billion” people to rise up against female physical and sexual abuse.  The performance was put on by first and second year medical students and was a sold out event at Dewey’s. Over $1000 was raise for CEASE, The Center to End All Sexual Exploitation.

Zebra Speaker

The speaker delivered a presentation on the Zebra foundation and how they are able to help children who have been sexually abused. The Zebra foundation takes on a very multi-disciplinary approach to child sexual abuse. They work with many partners within the community to ensure a smooth process for the victim.

If you have any initiatives you would like to help organize under this portfolio, please contact Ann Tran (

Additional Resources

SexualityandU  This resource, provided by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, offers up to date information and resources on sexual health.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights The CFSH is the Canadian member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and their website offers information on education, training programs, resources, and public awareness campaigns.

Medical Students for Choice Med students for Choice is an internationally recognized, non-profit organization with a network of over 100 000 medical students and residents around the US and Canada.  Visit their website, or contact the U of A chapter of Medical Students for Choice for more information.

Women’s Health Options Women’s Health Options is a local clinic that provides education, counseling, birth control and abortion services. Shadowing opportunities are available for students at the clinic.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission An international organization that focuses on human rights advocacy.

CEASE (Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation) A local organization working to create strategies that address sexual exploitation and support individuals who have been affected by exploitation.

V-Day  Established by playwright Even Ensler, V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

For more information and resources, see the CFMS webpage