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Cultural Humility with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations: A Novel Curriculum in LGBT Health for Clinical Medical Students

Published: September 12, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9542

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  • Cultural Humility with LGBT Populations Lecture Notes.pdf
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  • Curriculum Aseessment.pdf
  • Curriculum Lesson Plan.pdf
  • Instructor's Guide.pdf
  • LGBT Panel Sample Question Prompts.pdf
  • Needs Assessment.pdf
  • References Resources Glossary.pdf

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals encounter documented health disparities in the United States, perpetuated in part by limited LGBT-related content in medical education curricula. This 2-hour curriculum in LGBT health and cultural humility for clinical medical students is a response to these documented curricular deficits and health disparities. This curriculum includes precurricular readings, a 1-hour didactic lecture, and a 1-hour panel of LGBT-identified individuals that is followed by an interactive question-and-answer session and public discussion. Pre- and postcurriculum surveys were conducted to determine if this LGBT curricular intervention led to short-term changes in clinical medical students’ experiences, attitudes, and knowledge with respect to LGBT patient populations. Of the 11 medical knowledge questions, the mean precurriculum score was 6.6 correct answers, and the mean postcurriculum score was 8.6 correct answers. These results indicate that although students had limited prior clinical experience with LGBT patients and despite the small sample size, this curriculum led to robust and statistically significant increases in medical knowledge and positive shifts in attitudes with respect to LGBT populations.

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Describe aspects of human sexuality and gender, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexual and gender expression.
  2. Recognize and describe appropriate terminology related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations.
  3. Identify health care disparities affecting LGBT populations, as well as resulting specific health care needs.
  4. List strategies for creating a safe and welcoming clinical environment for LGBT patients.
  5. Engage with principles of cultural humility by examining biases, assumptions, and privileges that impact the provider-patient dyad.

Author Information

  • Hilary Grubb: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Hilda Hutcherson: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Jonathan Amiel: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Jane Bogart: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Justin Laird: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Grubb H, Hutcherson H, Amiel J, Bogart J, Laird J. Cultural humility with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations: a novel curriculum in LGBT health for clinical medical students. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9542. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9542