Friday, September 9, 2011

Surveys Shows LGBT Curriculum Lacking in Medical Schools

Medical students get only 5 hours of education on LGBT health and a third of medical schools reported no LGBT content was taught during clinical years, according to an article published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article was based on a survey of LGBT curriculum in medical schools conducted by the Medical Education Research Group, which will present its findings at the 2011 GLMA Annual Conference in Atlanta later this month. GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas was quoted in a Huffington Post article on the survey.

GLMA has long advocated for training of health professionals and students that addresses the specific health needs LGBT patient populations. GLMA has consistently worked to ensure that LGBT cultural competency training, including information about health disparities, is a standard component of all health professional training curricula. GLMA’s Medical Education Project, which convened experts in LGBT medical education last year, will be publishing a set of “effective practices” to provide resource information for schools considering revisions in and changes to current curriculum, policies, procedures and programs related to LGBT health.

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