Caring for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Sex Development




Students may add themselves to the waiting list for this course during add/drop periods but not during lottery periods. Please contact Dr. Alex Keuroghlian,, for approval to enroll. This elective is a four-week multidisciplinary clinical-and-scholarly experience that trains students to provide high-quality, culturally responsive care for patients with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex development. Many of these patients identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA+). Clinical exposure and education will focus on serving gender and sexual minority people across the lifespan, from infants to older adults. The elective includes partnerships and clinical experiences at Harvard Medical School hospitals and within community settings, including clinical experiences at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Fenway Health Center, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, and other health care organizations in the Great Boston Area that serve LGBTQIA+ communities. Students will work with multidisciplinary teams in a variety of clinical settings and specialties, including but not limited to Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Infectious Disease, OBGYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychology, Primary Medical Care, and Plastic Surgery. They will be immersed in clinical practices committed to promoting health and resiliency for gender and sexual minority communities. The combination of clinical experiences will be tailored based on students’ interests. This rotation will emphasize both mentored and self-directed learning, with core educational material developed by faculty at Harvard Medical School and its affiliates, The Fenway Institute, and other national experts. Based on individual interests, students will have the opportunity to engage in a mentored scholarly endeavor related to gender and sexual minority health. This project may consist of an advocacy, quality improvement, medical education, original research, or public health project. A scholarly product is required at the end of the rotation and could be in the form of a poster, case report, literature review, viewpoint or perspective piece, original research report, oral presentation, or contribution to the course curriculum. Many students have successfully published their mentored scholarly project from the elective as a peer-reviewed article or parlayed this work into their Scholars in Medicine project. There is no call expectation during this elective.
Additional Information:
Faculty: TBA
Semester: Full Spring
Time: TBA
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