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STASHH: the next generation of genitourinary medicine doctors
  1. Eleanor Cochrane1,
  2. Eleanor Crook2
  1. 1 School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 Unity Sexual Health, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Eleanor Cochrane, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4XN, UK; stashh{at}

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It has long been understood that increased exposure to a specialty is associated with increased likelihood of applying to that specialty training programme.1 Medical students often have few timetabled sexual health and HIV clinics in their undergraduate training and have been found to lack accurate factual knowledge.2 In England, 2020, genitourinary medicine (GUM) saw only 0.58 applicants per training position, the lowest of all 43 ST3-level programmes listed by Health Education England and one of only four with a competition ratio <1.0.3 Many oversubscribed specialties such as psychiatry and obstetrics and gynaecology have dedicated associations for medical students and/or pre-specialty trainees interested in these fields.

The Student and Trainee Association for Sexual Health and HIV (STASHH) was founded in spring 2021 by Dr Hannah Church, Eleanor Cochrane and Dr Eleanor Crook with support from the BASHH. Its overarching aim is to …

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  • Contributors Conceptualised and written by ECochrane. ECrook has contributed to the supervision and editing of this paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.