BIOL 6508: Gender and Sexuality in Healthcare: Caring for All Patients

Student Leaders: 
Elizabeth Schindler, MD16
Faculty Adviser: 
T. Empkie, MD, MPH

This elective's goal is for Alpert Medical School students to learn more about the intricate healthcare needs of individuals who do not fall into gender or sexuality majorities.  While the needs of this underserved and vulnerable population are becoming more recognized, the understanding within medical practices is far from adequate.  Additionally, as it stands, medical curriculum does little to recognize the needs of this increasingly visible community.   Our class will delve into these often undiscussed health concerns with a lens that encompasses the relevant scientific, clinical and activist issues.  We believe that students completing this elective will be more sensitive to, mindful of, and competent in providing for the healthcare needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexed patients.  We hope that our class will actively engage students in productive dialogue and will contribute to our medical school's ethos regarding the development of competent, ethical and human physicians.