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A grand challenge to academic medicine: speak out on gay rights. July 9, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Health.

Published June  2009.

Does your doctor understand you? Does he/she support you? Do you worry that they may stereotype you? Just what should physicians do to provide LGBT patients with the best care?

One group, the Internal Medicine Residency Program at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan; is calling for medical schools to adopt nondiscrimination policies to protect both LGBT health care providers and LGBT patients.

I don’t have access to the paper but I will see if I can get more information.

Any LGBT healthcare providers care to comment?

Acad Med. 2009 Jun;84(6):788-92.

Perspective: A grand challenge to academic medicine: speak out on gay rights.

Dohrenwend A.

Internal Medicine Residency Program, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint, Michigan 48532, USA. anned@mclaren.org

Social responsibility, a dearly held value in the medical community, requires that medicine use its influence to end discrimination and to reduce barriers that affect access to care.

Although the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) population has been identified as suffering from health care disparities and oppression, the medical community and its affiliated organizations have done little to lobby in defense of the GLBT population.

And with regard to the specific issue of gay marriage, medicine has yet to raise its voice in that debate, even if only to correct unscientific, capricious, and slanderous depictions of GLBT relationships.

Closer to home, in medical schools and residencies, GLBT faculty and students are not provided with a safe and equal environment in which to work and learn. No credentialing provisions require residencies and their affiliate hospitals to include GLBT status in their nondiscrimination policies or to offer GLBT faculty and residents equal benefits.

There is no assurance that those in power at peer-reviewed journals will use reviewers who are familiar with the research on sexual minorities to review manuscripts on GLBT topics, a situation that likely contributes to the community’s status as an understudied population.

Medicine cannot fulfill its obligation to GLBT patients, students, and faculty without a considerable and determined commitment to change. Some of the suggested remedies would require amending policy at the level of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

PMID: 19474561 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]



1. A grand challenge to academic medicine: speak out on gay rights. - July 9, 2009

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2. ashwini - July 10, 2009

good article!!

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