AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award


Do you know someone who is committed to the advocacy of LGBT issues?

Created in 1999, the AMSA/GLMA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Achievement Award has showcased efforts in the advancement and inclusion of LGBT health issues throughout the health profession and patient care. Members can nominate multiple schools, groups, individuals, or other entities that have successfully advocated for acknowledgement or equality relating to LGBT health issues. Previous award winners have been commended for their impact on health education, patient care, or improving the environment for LGBT students.

The overarching goal of this award is provide national recognition to those contributing to the advancement of LGBT community as well as showcase their models of success at their institution. It is our hope that these advancements inspire and promote equal opportunities for all members of the LGBT community. 

We hope you will join us at AMSA’s National Convention in Washington, DC, February 26 - March 1, 2015 as we announce the winner/s of this award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any school, group or individual who has achieved exemplary success in advocating for the inclusion and advancement of LGBT issues. 

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Nominations close in December 2014 (exact date TBA). 
  • AMSA or GLMA members can submit nominations through the online nominations form. 
  • You may nominate more than one school, group or individual.
  • All nominations will be blinded prior to selection committee review. 
  • The selection committee will be comprised of both AMSA Leaders and GLMA Board Members

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.

Presentation & Award

  • Awards will be presented at the 2015 AMSA National Convention in Washington, DC and at the Annual GLMA Conference in September.
  • Award recipients will be presented with a plaque.
  • Award recipients will receive one complimentary registration to the AMSA National Convention.
  • Award recipients will be highlighted in The New Physician (TNP) and the GLMA Quarterly Report and have the opportunity to share the tools of their success with peers through  the Gender & Sexuality Action Committee Project-in-a-Box page and GLMA Student/Trainee Resource page. 


Past Award Recipients

  • 2014 - Sean Tai, MSIV, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2013 - Kristen Eckstrand, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • 2012 - Julia Belkowitz, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • 2011 - Neir Eshel and Michael Honigberg and the entire Harvard Medical School Kinsey Two-Sixers LGBTQ and Ally Group
  • 2010 - University of Kentucky
  • 2009 - Brown University Medical School
  • 2008 - Keck (USC) School of Medicine
  • 2007 - University of Massachusetts Medical School, QMass
  • 2006 - UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson - Gay, Lesbian, and Ally Medical Students Association and AMSA Chapter
  • 2005 - Univ of Michigan Medical School, Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Allies in Medicine
  • 2004 - Medical College of Georgia Lambda Alliance
  • 2003 - Univ of Southern California SOM
  • 2002 - Albany Medical College, LGBTPM
  • 2001 - Univ of Pennsylvania SOM, SOMA & LGBPM
  • 2000 - New York Univ SOM, Peter Chien, Jr.

About the American Medical Student Association and GLMA:
Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

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 (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association) 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 healthcare 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.