Both the biological sex and the socioculturally determined gender have implications for the prevention, diagnosis, course, and treatment of disease. However, these differences are often neglected in practice and clinical research. In the interdisciplinary CAS course in sex- and gender-specific medicine, the relevant awareness is promoted, the latest evidence on this is conveyed, and the implications for medical practice and research are discussed.

Content of the CAS
The course teaches the concepts of gender-specific medicine and the impact of biological sex and sociocultural gender on health and health care. Individual modules will demonstrate the importance of gender to various medical specialties. Tools, concepts, and ideas are presented on how both health care and medical research can be gender-responsive.

Target audience
Physicians, nurses, and professionals from related fields and pharmaceutical industry; a master’s level degree is required.

Goals of the CAS

  • Participants are aware of gender-specific biological differences in the development, manifestation and course of diseases, as well as the implications for diagnosis, treatment, and clinical endpoints.
  • Participants are aware of socio-cultural gender differences in primary and secondary prevention as well as in health behavior.
  • Participants are aware of the latest evidence on gender-specific aspects in practice and research and are motivated to implement the acquired knowledge in their daily work.

The CAS comprises approximately 300 working hours and results in 12 ECTS. The duration of study is one year. If desired, the study duration can be extended up to 2 years. The program is divided into 4 compulsory modules and at least 5 elective modules, depending on participant preference. All modules include two days of attendance and about ten hours of preparation and follow-up. Each module results in 1 ECTS point.

Subsequently, the participants write a final paper (3 ECTS). This is presented and discussed at the final colloquium.