NEW YORK — The Harvard Medical School has added to its LGBT-specific training over the last year with a new elective course devoted to gay health, more incorporation of LGBT issues in existing courses and a new LGBT scholarship NBC News reports.
The elective course was unveiled in January, 2016 for fourth-year medical students to learn about sexual- and gender-minority health issues from LGBT people. It’s a multidisciplinary course designed to help graduating physicians provide better care to LGBT patients, NBC News reports. Health disparities for LGBT patients have been widely documented.
Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, an assistant professor of psychiatry at HMS and the director of education and training programs at the Fenway Institute’s National LGBT Health Education Center, said he customizes the elective course for each student, hoping to provide an “enriched experience toward the end of their medical school training, so that they can appreciate the fact that this is really a field in and of it itself,” NBC News quoted him as having said.
Outside of the LGBT-specific elective, HMS also seeks to be LGBT-inclusive in its other courses, such as a genetics class that included a three-hour clinic with an intersex patient.
Dr. Edward Hundert, the dean for medical education at HMS, credited the growing number of out LGBT faculty, staff and students for pushing to make sure LGBT-inclusivity is the rule, not the exception at HMS, NBC News reports.