Terri Wall, PhD, Nina Ruedas, LMFT, Chris Wainwright, MD
The US Department of Health and Human Services has pointed out that disparities exist between LGBT and heterosexual patients in the health system. These areas include “access to care, educational and community-based programs, family planning, immunization and infectious disease, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, injury and violence prevention, mental health and mental disorders, substance abuse, and tobacco use.” Access to LGBT patients and resources for residents who desire more training in approaching issues specific to this patient population are lacking in many residency programs. As programs move to meet the ACGME requirements for Diversity and Inclusion addressing concerns for the LGBTQ population is a priority and requires the development of formal curriculum to prepare residents to work with this patient population. Additionally, residents may be uncomfortable working with this population given their lack of training, knowledge, or implicit bias and these gaps can be ameliorated for the benefit of the patient and physician in order to deliver the highest quality care. This presentation seeks to address the ever changing landscape for providers when working with an LGBTQ patient and shares the methods that two programs are developing to address the gaps in knowledge and care for the LGBTQ patient.