Sexual Health Research Elective

The Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity is a UBC- and SFU-affiliated academic centre that hosts a number of local and global health community-based and clinical research projects to reduce inequities in sexual health among marginalized and stigmatized populations, including street-involved populations, sex workers, sexual and gender minority populations (LGBTQ2S+), Indigenous, racialized, and im/migrant populations, and cis and trans women living with HIV. Our projects are grounded in community-based principles and locally operate out of a community/clinical research office in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The Sexual Health Research Elective is open to 4th year medical students enrolled at the University of British Columbia. They have been designed for highly motivated students who are interested in potentially pursuing a career in sexual health research centred on gender equity, including sexual and reproductive health; prevention and care of STBBIs; gender-based violence and trauma-informed care; structural interventions and policies in sexual health and gender equity; and gender and sexual diversity.

The elective is open to UBC MD students at any site but must be completed onsite at either our CGSHE St Paul’s Hospital offices or CGSHE community office in Vancouver.

Outputs will include academic writing in the form of case reports, policy briefs, commentaries, systematic reviews or original research papers on sexual health and gender equity. While a two-week elective provides only limited time to complete a research project, we expect that students will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a larger study or to see a small project (e.g., research letter or case report) through to completion.

The elective is intended to be highly flexible to the student’s interests and it is advised that prospective elective students contact the CGSHE Program Manager, Arveen Kaur ( prior to applying to outline their interests.


Dr. Kate Shannon

Dr. Andrea Krusi

Dr. Kathleen Deering


Arveen Kaur, CGSHE Program Manager: