Intersex: Implications of Umbrella Terms in The Interest of Science.

The intersection of science and identity intensifies the complexity of the umbrella term DSD (Disorders of Sex Development)/Intersex. The interest of science to classify DSD/Intersex conditions to formulate evidence-based best practice has implications on personal identity. Fundamental to ethical decision-making in intersex is the right to choose one’s identity, which includes categorization within the umbrella term DSD/Intersex. In this lecture Dr Jennifer Markusic Wimberly, offers a bioethics lens to balance umbrella terms and individuality to normalize the differences in sex development. Jennifer is a Task Force Member on DSD/ Intersex with the American Psychological Association


• 1. Understand the controversies surrounding the 2006 Consensus Statement on Intersex classifying individuals within three categories of Disorders of Sex Development.

• 2. Identify the historical background that has supported a classification system.

• 3. Expand the concept of fully informed consent to identity within the umbrella term DSD/Intersex.

• 4. Apply educational and research methodologies that would allow for identity and individuality to normalize differences in sex development.

Target Audience: Physicians, faculty, fellows, residents, trainees, students, health care professionals.

Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
1) Recognize perennial and emerging bioethical problems in clinical practice, research, public health, and health policy arenas.
2) Describe competing/contrasting viewpoints concerning these bioethical problems.
3) Demonstrate increased skills in analyzing and practically handling bioethical problems in the clinical, research, public health, and health policy arenas.

Educational Method: Lecture and question-and-answer period.

Accreditation: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this activity for 1 hour(s) in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Conflict of Interest: All persons in the position to control the content of an education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients. A primary mechanism to resolve identified conflicts of interest is a content review that is prior to the activity.

Off-Label Uses: Because this course is meant to educate physicians with what is currently in use and what may be available in the future, there may be “off-label” use discussed in the presentation. Speakers have been requested to inform the audience when off-label use is discussed.

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