“Eliminating Gender insensitive medical practices: Building Medical Educators Capacities to integrate Gender Concerns” is a collaborative effort of DMER, MUHS and CEHAT, aimed to deepen gender in medical education and to create gender equitable rural health services. The training of the medical educators in integrating gender in medical education is the first implementation step of the project.
The first virtual training commenced on 3rd and 4th July 2021. 48 medical educators comprising of HODs, Professors, Associate Professors from departments of Gyanecology and Obstetrics, Forensic Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Community Medicine actively participated in the sessions. They belonged to 5 government Medical colleges namely GMC Aurangabad, GMC Akola, GMC Solapur, GMC Miraj and GMC Dhule.
On 3rd July, Dr. Claudia García-Moreno who leads the World Health Organization’s violence against women work commenced the training by talking about ‘understanding Sex and Gender’. The second session was delivered by Dr. Subha Sri Balakrishnan who is an obstetrician by training and has over 18 years of experience working in tertiary and primary care settings. Dr. Subha Sri explored the topic ‘Recognising gender as a social determinant of health’. The last session was conducted by Dr. Pratap Parbhankar who is currently serving as the Community Health officer in Nanded. Dr. Pratap spoke about ‘caste, gender and intersectionality’.
On 4th July, first session was conducted by Dr Ketaki Ranade who is currently Chair, Center for Health and Mental Health, School of Social Work, TISS, Mumbai. Dr. Ketki spoke about topic ‘Recognising health care needs of LGBTQI communities’. The second session was delivered by Adv. Anubha Rastogi who has been engaging with issues of human rights and women’s rights and their interaction with law. Anubha explored the topic ‘Unpacking the conflation: MTP and PCPNDT’. The last session was conducted by Dr. Sriniwas Gadappa who is a Professor & HOD of OBGY department at Government Medical College & Hospital, Aurangabad. Dr. Gadappa spoke about topic ‘Debating Family planning and contraceptive use in India’.
The sessions received positive response from faculties. Faculties mentioned that all sessions were informative and helped them to understand how gender intersects not just as men and women but also caste, class, religion and so many other disadvantages like disability. Responding to Dr. Pratap’s session faculty said the session addressed the elephant in the room. Responding to Dr. Subhasri’s session faculty commented though she is in health sector over a decade but was still unaware of stigma and discrimination faced by LGBT communities. The session helped her understand this aspect.