The Labor of Representation

December 18, 2018

In college, a professor cautioned me that future patients would feel “much more comfortable” if I dressed and acted more “femininely.” One medical school interviewer found 4 different ways to ask if I thought it would be awkward to interact with female patients as a queer woman in obstetrics. A friend warned me not to be “out” in medical school after he spent his first year tokenized as one of the few openly gay students who was consistently asked to help fill in the many curricular gaps regarding health issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

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Transforming Transgender Care: $1.5 million gift kick-starts sexual, gender minority health equity initiative

December 17, 2018

This fall, HMS launched the Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative, a three-year plan to amend the core MD curriculum so that all students and faculty clinicians can become exceptionally well equipped to provide high-quality, holistic health care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages.

The plan encompasses curriculum reform, faculty development, continuous quality assessment and global dissemination, as well as increased efforts to recruit and support students, faculty and staff with interests or experience in SGM health.

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