AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title National Coming Out Day LGBT Awareness event
Project type(s) Community Service,School Service,Social Event
Date completed 10/2007
Chapter University of California, Irvine SOM
Project Coordinator Kate Hartzell and George Wang
Summary of project UCI’s AMSA Chapter, along with eQuality held an event for National Coming Out Day on October 11th. The event involved a group of medical students making posters in support of National Coming Out Day and/or LBGT related issues, including slogans, facts and pictures. We hung the posters all over the medical school campus the night before. During the day on October 11th members of AMSA and eQuality took turns staffing an information table with resources including “Coming Out Resource Guide,” “A Straight Guide to LGBT Americans,” and “Resources for straight allies,” which are all publications from the Human Rights Campaign website. At the table we handed out “Straight But Not Narrow” and rainbow caducei pins that we received from AMSA. In addition we gave out pieces of rainbow cake to students who stopped by the table. Compared to last year, nearly all of the LGBT and Sexuality material was removed from the curriculum for the first and second year classes. We feel that AMSA and eQuality have an important role on our campus to have a strong presence regarding LGBT health, so that these issues do not simply get ignored. We feel that this event helped raise awareness not only about coming out, but also about the importance in including the LGBT population in our medical education.

Content area LGBT People in Medicine
Number of participants 30
Participant hours involved 90 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $330
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising The project was advertised by posters that were hung all over campus, multiple emails that were sent to all medstudents, and by word of mouth. The advertisement worked very well, most everyone seemed to know about our event.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions The project went quite well. It would have been better if more of the students on our campus were more excited about LGBT Health, but projects like this continue to work on that. It took a lot of advertisement, which would be very necessary for it to be