Gender and Sexuality
Recognizing 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 Sexuality – Read 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
- Violence and Hate Crimes
Local Projects in a Box – Do it Yourself!
- LGBT Projects in a Box
- Women’s Health Projects in a Box
- Sexual Health Leaders Projects
Interactive activities, PowerPoints, brochures and case-based exercises
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
- Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides educational resources for medical students.
- Reproductive Health Model Curriculum, created by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, provides modular curricular components for teaching reproductive health.
LGBT Health in the Medical School Curriculum
- Bringing LGBTI Education to Your School
Strategies to help bring about small or large changes at your medical school
- Plus One Initiative Guide
- Sample LGBT Health Curriculum Needs Assessment
LGBT White Coat Cards
These 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.
- Gay Men’s Health Care Card (References)
- Lesbian Health Care Card (References)
- Transgender Health Care Card (References)
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
- LGBTQ Premedical & Medical Student Facebook Group
A place for peers to collaborate and have a safe space to talk about certain issues they may have or questions about respective institutions, etc.
- Webinar recording – “LGBT Admissions for Medical School”
- Webinar recording – “Human Sex Trafficking: The Role of the (To Be) Health Care Provider”
- New Chapter Handbook: Paint Your School Pink
- Sexual Health Leadership Course (October – March)
- Transgender Health Information & Resources
- Healthcare Equality Index
How is your school doing? Encourage your school to get involved or work with them to improve their ranking!
- Women’s Policy Links of Interest
Guttmacher Institute State Center
Repro Health Watch – State by State
Planned Parenthood Action Center
Center for Reproductive Rights
ACLU Reproductive Freedom
- What are medical schools teaching about LGBT Health? The last statistics are from years ago and to update them,we need your help!
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) Medical Education Research Group at Stanford University School of Medicine strives to improve the health and well-being of LGBT patients and healthcare providers by conducting groundbreaking research to affect change in today’s medical curricula. Learn more and complete the survey.
- AMSA and IFMSA
AMSA joins medical students across the world in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations through the Standing Committee on Reproductive Health Including AIDS (SCORA).
- Fourth Years – Want to do an elective in LGBT Health?
- Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for the transgender population, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory and more.
- LGBT Civil Liberties in America: A Fight for Freedom to Be Human – This timeline from Adam & Eve provides an informative look at the strife and prejudices LGBT individuals have encountered to bring the movement to where it stands today.
LGBT Health Legislation
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.
LGBT & Women’s Health Conferences
Women’s Health Conferences
LGBT Health Conferences
- Women in Medicine (WIM) – For Lesbian Physicians
- Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference
- World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Gender & Sexuality Chair