AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Queer Medicine and Transgender 101 - Dr. Nick Gorton
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 11/13/2007
Chapter Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center SOM
Project Coordinator Bhavik Kumar
Summary of project Dr. Nick Gorton, a transgendered ER physician from California gave two seperate lectures. The first was a general overview of LGBT issues and health disparities faced within the community. The second was a focused discussion on Transgender Medicine. This session was interactive with case presentations that really help with medical education on the topic that most schools do not offer. Dr. Gorton was gracious enough to cover all costs for coming to our school which made the event possible. Lastly, since we have satellite campuses, we had a live broadcast of his Transgender Medicine 101 talk to other cities.

Content area LGBT People in Medicine
Number of participants 50
Participant hours involved 60 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 600
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Posters were made for the entire LGBT Health Week and posted throughout the medical school and HSC as well as local coffee shops that are popular study spots. Also, emails were sent out to the classes reminding them of the events. These methods of advertising were effect. Class announcements would have helped as well.
Success rating
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Lessons/suggestions I made the most of Dr. Gorton's visit by scheduling other presentations for him at the undergraduate campus. Also, we tied his talk into our first ever LGBT Health Week to have an entire week focused on such issues.

Comments It's really easy to get done. It just depends on your schedule and Dr. Gorton's schedule. Although he does not accept any monetary contribution it is nice to give him a little something for taking the trouble to come to your school and offer his time so generously. Dr. Gorton is a very passionate man and offered some invaluable insight into the transgender world.