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LGBTQI* Defined: An Introduction to Understanding and Caring for the Queer Community

Published: September 3, 2015 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10189

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  • Instructor's Guide_LGBTQI.pdf
  • Presentation Notes_LGBTQI.pdf
  • Activity Guide 1_LGBTQI.pdf
  • Activity Guide 2_LGBTQI.pdf
  • Activity 2 Worksheet_LGBTQI.pdf
  • LGBTQI Defined_2hr.pptx
  • LGBTQI Defined_45min.pptx
  • Evaluation 45min_LGBTQI.docx
  • Evaluation 2hr_LGBTQI.docx

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Introduction: LGBTQI* Defined: An Introduction to Understanding and Caring for the Queer Community was designed to improve the quality of care provided to the LGBTQI* community by educating health care professionals about the complexities of queer culture. The curriculum uniquely and interactively deconstructs sex, gender, and sexual orientation as separately experienced entities comprising an individual’s identity. This innovative approach to teaching a challenging topic allows learners to discover a deeper understanding of their own identities while developing greater empathy for LGBTQI*-identified people. Additionally, the curriculum defines other terminology and identities relevant to the LGBTQI* population. Finally, “LGBTQI* Defined” provides learners with institutional considerations and specific clinical recommendations and techniques to help providers care for their future LGBTQI*-identified patients with compassion and cultural sensitivity. Methods: The module includes PowerPoint presentations, activity guides, and evaluations. Positive evaluations have been collected from the presentations given at Mayo Clinic. Results: Of the learners who have completed evaluations, 99% (n = 110) rated the overall value (relevance to their professions) of the curriculum as “very good” or “excellent,” and 98% (n = 87) rated the overall quality (effectiveness of curriculum) as “very good” or “excellent.” Ninety-nine percent (n = 92) “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that the five learning objectives were successfully met. Discussion: Specific learner feedback supports the interactive and didactic elements of the curriculum and the importance of delivering LGBTQI healthcare-related education to providers.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this curriculum, learners will be able to:

  1. Define sex, sex development, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
  2. Compare and contrast masculinity and femininity on the gender spectrum with an interactive activity.
  3. Define common labels used to describe sex development, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
  4. Analyze personal identity as it relates to sex, gender, and sexual orientation with a spectrum charting activity.
  5. Discuss strategies to implement techniques to minimize barriers to culturally competent care for LGBTQI* patients at both the institutional and clinical levels.

Author Information

  • Joseph Gallego: Mayo Clinic
  • John Knudsen, MD: Mayo Clinic

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Gallego J, Knudsen J. LGBTQI* defined: an introduction to understanding and caring for the queer community. MedEdPORTAL. 2015;11:10189. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10189