Established in 1999 by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), the AMSA/GLMA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Achievement Award represents a strong commitment to advocacy for LGBT health issues within health profession education and beyond. Each year the LGBT Health Achievement Award is presented to a school, group, or individual to recognize exemplary success in advocating for the inclusion and advancement of LGBT health issues within health profession education and patient care.
Award recipients are selected for:
- demonstrated positive impact on health education, patient care, and/or environment for LGBT students, faculty and patients within institutions and beyond;
- innovative means by which goals are achieved and success is sustained; and
- how any barriers encountered while advocating for the inclusion and advancement of LGBT health issues within their institutions and beyond are overcome.
Nominations will be accepted through November 30, 2012. All applications are blinded and reviewed by the selection committee composed of GLMA board members and AMSA leaders.
The selected award recipient(s) will be presented the AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award at the AMSA Annual Convention and Annual GLMA Conference, receive publicity in The New Physician (TNP) and GLMA Quarterly Report, and have the opportunity to share the tools of their success with peers through the AMSA Gender & Sexuality Action Committee Project-in-a-Box page and GLMA Student/Trainee Resource page.
The AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award is an opportunity to receive national recognition for remarkable achievements and share with others ways to achieve success at their institutions. It is the hope of AMSA and GLMA that LGBT Health Achievement Award will open up new opportunities for the award recipients to create positive change for the LGBT community.
About the American Medical Student Association
and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
AMSA has supported LGBT issues since the inception of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People in Medicine task force, which was formed in 1976 as AMSA's first advocacy task force. Now referred to as the Gender & Sexuality Action Committee, AMSA continues its dedication to advocacy and remains the only national student organization dedicated to providing resources for LGBT medical students. In addition to offering support for medical students, the Committee's mission includes advocating on the behalf of LGBT patients and educating the wider health care community on issues specific to the LGBT community.
GLMA is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981 as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights with the mission of ensuring equality in health care for LGBT individuals and health care professionals. GLMA represents the interests of tens of thousands of LGBT health professionals of all kinds, as well as millions of LGBT patients. GLMA strives to achieve its goals by educating health care professionals about unique health care needs of LGBT people, helping to develop equitable health care policy, promoting relevant research in health, and supporting our members who are challenged by discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.