The Israel Society for Gender- and Sex Conscious Medicine (ISRAGEM)
Dear members and friends of IsraGem,
1. advance the understanding of sex/gender differences by bringing together scientists and clinicians of diverse backgrounds.
2. implement gender in the medical curriculum, prepare and allocate gender-specific learning materials, curricula and gender trainings for instructors.
3. promote gender-specific public health issues such as information for persons, institutions and organizations in the area of gender medicine.
4. facilitate interdisciplinary research on sex/gender differences in basic and clinical frameworks.
5. encourage the application of new knowledge of sex/gender differences to improve health and health care.
6. cooperate with other national and international societies of gender medicine and similar scientific organizations.
7. encourage and support international cooperation, collaboration and education among professionals working in the field sex/gender specific medicine.
8. organize national and international meetings and congresses on relevant topics.
A short history of ISRAGEM:
The Executive Board of ISRAGEM reflects the truly interdisciplinary character of our new society.
ISRAGEM introduced in 2009 gender medicine in the postgraduate program of Tel Aviv University and established a course for sixth-year medical students. Today Gender Medicine is an integral part of the core curriculum for medical students.
In 2013 we initiated the first independent and multidisciplinary Postgraduate Course for Gender Medicine at Tel Aviv University.
In 2013/2014 we have been broadcasting a Post Graduate Course on Gender Medicine on the Israeli radio. The course has been given in Hebrew and the lectures can be downloaded here...
In the past eight years ISRAGEM organized six national meetings on Gender aspects in Cardiology, Nutrition, medications, Psychiatry/ Psychology and gender aspects of pain. Our last National Meeting on Gender Medicine took place on November 14, 2016 and was dedicated to Gender Aspects of Obesity. The meeting was co-organized with the Israeli Association for the Study of Obesity. ISRAGEM proudly hosted the 5th International Congress in Israel and actively supported the following three international congresses in Baltimore (2012), Berlin (2015) and in Sendai, Japan (2017).
Our Facebook page has now over 2,600 followers!
To achieve all these milestones in such a short period suggests that the time was ripe for a shift in paradigms and the acceptance of our new science. There is no doubt in my mind that we will continue to witness similar developments and the inception of more national societies for gender medicine around the world. We all need to assist these efforts to the best of our ability.