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Self-Defense for Sexual Harassment: Empowering Learners and Cultivating Culture Change
Until sexual harassment no longer exists, medical students should be equipped with strategies and skills to handle such moments. Being sexually harassed can induce feelings of powerlessness, shame, self-doubt, embarrassment, and isolation. Being able to defend oneself in the moment may help mitigate some of these negative consequences to sexual harassment. Workshop Agenda:
• Introduction, Icebreaker (5 min)
• Presentation: Sexual Harassment in Medical Education (5 min)
• Small group case-based discussion (15 min): Using real-life vignettes of sexual harassment, participants will brainstorm ideal reactions to use both as a recipient and as a bystander, learning to identify, acknowledge, and respond to sexual harassment as an educator.
• Report out (5 min)
• Small group discussion (15 min): Develop strategies for addressing sexual harassment. Apply strategies within and/or modify the proposed intervention framework of:
° calling out or identifying the behavior as inappropriate
° saying that it needs to stop
° requesting an apology
° establishing clear professional boundaries for future interactions. Participants will practice examples of specific language for each part of the framework.
• Report out and best practices (10 min): presentation of best practices developed for strategies, framework, and specific language.
• Small groups: Role play (15 min): Practice teaching the framework to learners with case-based role play.
• Summary and Final Reflections (5 min) Interactive Component:
small group discussions, sharing best practices, role play Take Home Product:
Badge-sized information cards for students, staff, faculty and residents.
Workshop syllabus and case library.Related APGO Publications/Modules:
Effective Preceptor Series, Effective Student Advising Series, Medical Student Educational Objectives
Faculty Development Seminar, 2020, Student, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, CME, UME, Advocacy,