MSM Collaborates with AAMC to Improve Health Care For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Those Born with Differences of Sexual Development

Published: December 16, 2014

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Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) joined with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in creating an important new set of resources aimed at reducing health disparities experienced by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming or born with differences of sex development (DSD). The resources include the first-ever guidelines for training physicians to care for these populations, a report on how to apply these guidelines in the medical school curriculum, and a professional development video series. The guidelines and report were released in November and the video series will be released in January 2015.

People who are LGBT, gender nonconforming or born with DSD often experience challenges when seeking care in doctors’ offices, community clinics, hospitals and emergency rooms. These experiences, which can range from being made to feel unwelcome to outright discrimination and mistreatment, lead to poorer physical and emotional health.

“Addressing health disparities in LGBT populations fits well with Morehouse School of Medicine’s tradition of serving the underserved,” said Carey Roth Bayer, Ed.D., R.N., C.S.E., Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine/Medical Education at Morehouse and Associate Director of Educational Leadership for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute.

The AAMC resource guide identifies 30 competencies that physicians must master. These competencies fall under eight domains of care critical to training physicians. This competency-based framework will allow medical educators to integrate the new guidelines into existing curricula more easily and encourage faculty and health care professionals to move away from thinking of patients in these groups as separate from the general patient population.

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