Adolescent and Young Adult Male Education Modules
Foreword from Paritosh Kaul, MD
The adolescent and young adult (AYA) male continues to be underserved and neglected. The Journal of Adolescent Health Supplement in March 2018 was published to increase the attention to this population and a call for action in areas of health care delivery, public health and policy and research1. The past four years have little if any improvement for this group. In addition, the pandemic has increased the pressures on AYA and those who are involved in their care.
As Jeffries et al state2, the COVID-19 pandemic caused radical shifts in the ways that both health care and health professions education are delivered. The need for physical distance resulted in an exponential increase in online health professions education. Prior to the pandemic, online education was recognized. During the pandemic online learning became essential for education and clinical training.
To assist the AYA clinicians and educators we created online modules to reinforce their knowledge and as a teaching modality for their learners. To that end, we designed this in mind to reach all clinicians worldwide through multiple technological platforms — the computer, tablet and the smart phone. With a value of health equity for all, we have developed these modules not in competition or to supplant the much-needed focus of teen and young adult female health, but in the hopes of creating a world in which there is equitable focus on the mental and physical health, including sexual and reproductive health, of all. Each module is a stand-alone module which can be viewed on all modalities, from the laptop to the mobile phone. We hope to keep our young men engaged in health care so that we can play a larger role in decreasing health disparities among AYA males, as well as those who are in individual relationships with them, but also at community, and societal levels.
The modules begin with the adolescent interview by Batt et al which reviews the HEADS framework. AYA providers cite lack of training and knowledge of the male genitourinary examination which Woods addresses in her module. Bell examines the issue of health care maintenance with a specific focus on the AYA male. The issue of substance abuse in the ambulatory setting is tackled by Grubb with some suggestions for language and screening tools. The issue of contraception among AYA males (beyond condom use) is addressed by Rosenthal and Alderman. Eating disorders among AYA males is on the increase and this subject is Nagata and Buckelew. Sexually transmitted infections is then reviewed by Fields while Seigel discusses the issue of the gay AYA. The issue of gun violence that is an issue is the addressed by Sigel. We end all the modules in discussion the framework on positive youth development by Chung and Ginsberg.
As with all projects this project would not be possible without the foresight of Michael Resnick. He believed in the concept need and delivery of this project. I am grateful to the authors for their generosity in sharing share their expertise and passion as we advocate for the AYA male. I would like to acknowledge Joe and Andrew for their voice and Shelley for keeping this project moving. Becky Armstrong, the instructional designer, you allowed to translate the vision of all authors into reality and we all at SAHM are grateful for you. Ryan Norton, the previous executive director of SAHM, your support means more than words can capture. To my mentors and my family, you have be my source of inspiration.
Paritosh Kaul, Charles E. Irwin, Serving the Underserved: The Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Males, Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 62, Issue 3, Supplement, 2018, Pages S1-S2,
Jeffries, Pamela R. et al. The Role of Technology in Health Professions Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Academic Medicine: November 16, 2021 – Volume – Issue -doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004523