UBC MD Sexual Health Research Elective

The Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) is a UBC Faculty of Medicine research centre, affiliated with Simon Fraser University, 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 UBC MD Sexual Health Research Elective is open to fourth 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. We recommend that prospective elective students contact Esther Ibu, Research Coordinator – Sexual Health ( prior to applying to outline their interests.


  • Dr. Brittany Bingham
  • Dr. Kathleen Deering
  • Dr. Andrea Krüsi


Esther Ibu, Research Coordinator – Sexual Health: