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STASHH: reflections and aspirations
  1. Beth Louise McMahon1,
  2. Beth Louise Selwyn2,
  3. Liberty-Isabelle Todd3,
  4. Eleanor Cochrane4
  1. 1 Sexual Health and HIV, Homerton University Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Obstetrics and Gynecology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 General Medicine, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
  4. 4 Department of Medical Education, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK
  1. Correspondence to Eleanor Cochrane, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; stashh{at}

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Founded in spring 2021, the Student and Trainee Association for Sexual Health and HIV (STASHH) aims to improve recruitment to genitourinary medicine (GUM) through facilitation and provision of clinical and academic opportunities for medical students (MSs) and prespecialty doctors (PSDs). STASHH employs four pillars to achieve its aims: education, mentoring, recruitment and projects.1 2

STASHH provides monthly educational webinars showcasing the breadth of specialised services delivered under the umbrella of GUM. Evaluation of the first five webinars suggests they have been well received, with an average of 140 sign-ups and 82 attendees each (highest of 110). Attendees received a certificate upon completing a feedback form. Feedback was positive, with attendees valuing the passion and expertise of speakers. Attendees demonstrated a high baseline self-reported topic interest (scored out of 5) with a mean increase of 9.3% following attendance. Attendance was commonly motivated by limited prior GUM teaching.

To reach those with a lower …

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  • Contributors All authors collected and analysed data and contributed to the writing of this piece. EC supervised and edited the article. BLM conducted the final review.

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