Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD

Health care disparities continue to be experienced by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, and/or are born with differences in sex development (DSD).

To reduce these disparities, all health care providers must learn to address the specific health care needs of these populations, and health care institutions must promote a climate that supports, values, and includes individuals in these populations.

There has been no standardized set of competencies for medical education to address the health of individuals who are or may be LGBT, gender nonconforming, and/or born with DSD. Therefore, even the most progressive institutions have lacked a guide to direct curricular and institutional climate changes specific to these populations.

This groundbreaking publication was developed to fill that gap and is based on solid educational and assessment practices and theories. It is designed to assist institutions in implementing curricular and climate change in medical educational institutions or programs.

This publication serves to:

  • Provide education about the health needs of individuals who are LGBT, gender nonconforming, and/or born with DSD, and the role of academic medicine and the health care system in supporting these populations.
  • Support medical schools by discussing how to integrate this content into medical education, with a focus on the role of institutional climates.
  • Provide a framework to facilitate the assessment of learners, curricula, and institutions.
  • Highlight national resources and curricular innovations within academic medicine.

This publication is for anyone who wants to become more familiar with medical education and desires to use medical school curricula and climate to address the health disparities and health care issues faced by these populations.

Population of focus: Medical Schools, universities and other educational institutions

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Date: 2014

Organization: Association of American Medical Colleges‘ Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development