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Letters to the editor
Training skills in psychosexual medicine
  1. Claudine Domoney, MBBChir, MRCOG, Chair, IPM1 and
  2. Alyson Elliman, FFSRH, MIPM, Vice-President, FSRH2
  1. Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  2. Consultant in Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Croydon Health Services, Croydon, UK; Alyson.elliman{at}croydonpct.nhs.uk

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The ‘secret army’ that Susan Quilliam identifies to increase awareness of psychosexual problems1 is indeed out there and perhaps ready and waiting for more information about how to access training to increase their day-to-day skills in this field. She mentions finding sources for local referral, but has not identified the training organisations that are available. The Institute of Psychosexual Medicine (IPM), which was founded in 1974, provides seminar-based training, looking at cases brought by trainees from their day-to-day work, and awards Diplomas and Membership after successful presentations to a panel of examiners. Attendance at seminars aids the acquisition of competencies required for the Faculty Special Skills Module on Foundation Sexual Problems, and for the Community Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Specialty training programme. Further information about the training, and local availability of specialists, is available at http://www.ipm.org.uk.

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