Disparities Faced by LGBT Patients and Physicians: How You Can Help

February 26


Special Topics Educational Skills Workshop
Disparities Faced by LGBT Patients and Physicians: How You Can Help

Shane Snowdon, MA
Director, Health & Aging Program
Human Rights Campaign
Washington, DC

Robert B. Daroff, Jr., MD
HS Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Associate Chief for Education, Mental Health Service, SFVAMC

The long-overlooked concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in healthcare are now receiving unprecedented attention. The Institute of Medicine has published a landmark report on LGBT health disparities, the AAMC has created an advisory committee on LGBT-related needs in medical education, and The Joint Commission has called on accredited facilities to protect LGBT patients from discrimination, issuing detailed recommendations for LGBT patient-centered care. This workshop will provide an overview of the key challenges faced by LGBT patients and physicians, along with reality-tested tips for teaching LGBT-related topics and supporting LGBT students and colleagues.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Hear an engaging presentation about disparities and inequities experienced by LGBT patients, challenges faced by LGBT trainees and physicians, and best practices for addressing them.
  • Discuss strategies for bringing LGBT topics into the curriculum, modeling knowledgeable and sensitive care for LGBT patients, and helping LGBT students and peers feel welcome and supported.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and explain disparities and inequities experienced by LGBT patients, as well as challenges faced by LGBT trainees and physicians
  • Integrate LGBT concerns into both teaching and patient care.
  • Offer resources and support to LGBT students and colleagues.


The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR13075