Gender & Sexuality Action Committee

Gender and Sexuality

pin3_77x80lgbpmRecognizing that discrimination based on gender and sexuality stems from common roots in sexism and heterosexism, the Gender and Sexuality committee is dedicated to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education. We work to establish AMSA as a leader on issues affecting the health of women, intersex and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and support initiatives to improve policy at the institutional, local, state, and federal levels. We advocate for patients through curricular improvement, increased physician education, research and health-related resources. We support physicians-in-training by providing a safe and supportive environment, leadership development opportunities, and advocating for their rights.

AMSA’s Policies on Gender and SexualityRead about:

  • Gender Identity
  • the FDA’s Prohibition on Men Who Have Sex With Men From Donating Blood Products
  • Intersex Health
  • Physicians and the Armed Forces
  • Representation of Women in Medicine
  • Reproductive Rights, Family Planning and Sex Education
  • Sexuality
  • Violence and Hate Crimes

Local Projects in a Box – Do it Yourself!

Improve the Curriculum at Your School

Women’s Health in the Medical School Curriculum

Medical school curricula are often lacking when it comes to women’s health in general. The only woman-specific information is generally contained in the reproductive health sequences, and these are often too short and don’t contain enough information about contraception or family planning. Hand-in-hand with Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) and the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), we hopw to improve the way women’s health is taught in medical schools across the country.

Online Teaching and Curricular Reform Resources

LGBT Health in the Medical School Curriculum

LGBT White Coat Cards

DrBestThese downloadable postcards list basic LGBT terminology, LGBT health care web resources, tips for performing the history and physical with LGBT patients, and overviews on health disparities for gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals. Use them at your school as educational items to provide to colleagues, faculty, staff and patients with information everyone should know about LGBT health care.


Creating Your Own Preclinical Elective

Steps to go through to make sure that your course is a success! By Jason Lambrese, 2009 AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award Recipient

Additional Resources

Marriage Equality

AMSA believes Congress should pass legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and recognize marriage licenses granted to gays and lesbians. State laws should provide equal protection, fairness, and freedom to all couples, straight and gay, as opposed to the “separate but equal” model of civil unions and domestic partnerships for gays and lesbians. At the state level, legislatures should promote equal treatment under the law by eliminating legislation that restricts the rights and benefits of gay and lesbian couples and recognizing civil marriages for gay and lesbian couples.



Corey Hoch
Gender & Sexuality Chair
Christopher Lam
LGBT Programing
Amanda Quach
Women’s Programing