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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences >>3-28-14

Gay Sexuality: Biology as a Destiny
 
LGBT Healthcare Guidelines
 
LGBT Suicide Prevention: When It Feels Like It's All (But) Over
 
The audience consisted of first and second year medical students.
 
The first presentation helped medical students compare and contrast the definitions of sexual orientation and sexual behavior; describe the spectrum of sexuality in the general population; identify that sexual orientation is not a choice; describe how genetics plays a role in male homosexuality; list the current biological theories on causation of male homosexuality; and identify neuroanatomical differences between homosexual and heterosexual men.
 
The second presentation described barriers to care that are unique to the LGBT population; identify health risk factors that are more unique to gay men; identify health risk factors that are more unique to lesbians, list and describe ten things physicians should discuss with gay men; list and describe ten things physicians should discuss with lesbians; and list and discuss ten things physicians should discuss with transgender persons. 
 
The third presentation helped medical students understand the warning signs and general risks of suicide; identify factors that increase suicide in the LGBT population; identify ways to help reduce suicide; and list the protective factors against LGBT suicide. 
 
Medical student comments on how this presentation impacted their knowledge: 
 
Very organized and well thought out lecture. The questions/answers were very helpful. I learned about the research behind the LGBT population. This presentation taught me that good communication and not being prejudice will go a long way in treating members of the LGBT community.-25 y/o M
 
I learned how simply changing the pre-admission forms can radically affect the patient-physician relationship. I am more knowledgeable on the topic now.-25 y/o M
 
I learned how prevalent suicide is in the LGBT community. I feel this presentation has made me a more well rounded physician.-27 y/o M
 
Great presentation. Thank you so much for taking the time to come teach us. I learned about pumping parties, suicide risk factors, and ways to make your practice more welcoming. I fully intend to put myself ‘out there’ for this community and to be an active advocate for them and myself.-26 y/o F
 
I really enjoyed your lectures. Thank you so much for staying connected with KCUMB because we really need to learn this material. I learned information that will help me better relate to all my patients. The suicide stories of real life people broke my heart.-25 y/o F
 
Excellent content and presentation of the material. Thank you for coming all the way to KCUMB on your vacation time to educate us on subjects that can be difficult for a physician to encounter for the first time. I learned terminology! Language can be offensive, so knowing correct terms is important. I believe I will be more sympathetic to the needs of homosexual and transgender individuals.-31 y/o F
 
Great lectures on an important topic that many of us know little about regardless of how accepting we are. I learned issues that these individuals have or are at risk for and how to address them. This presentation has given me better options to approach these topics that may seem very difficult or awkward to discuss as a doctor to a patient.-28 y/o M
 
This was very, very informative. I like the extra facts and statistics that were given. I really liked the suicide presentation and how it showed the risk factors relating to the examples given.-28 y/o F
 
I really enjoyed the lectures given today. I learned how important it is for doctors to be cognizant and open to/with their LGBT patients. This presentation had a positive impact. Learned a lot with regards to how I can be a great physician to all my patients. Thank you!-23 y/o F
 
I learned how important/significant simple questions or just telling your patient you don’t know can help them feel more comfortable around you. This presentation reminded me how assuring it can be for patients to see their physician aware and able to care for their specific needs.-24 y/o M
 
Great information. Easily overlooked and often ignored. I learned I was unclear on some terminology/definitions, which assuredly would have put me in a situation where I, at best, embarrassed myself, and at worst, unintentionally offended someone.  As a non-judgmental ally, I try to be accepting and available to anyone who could use help. Your presentation has helped me further refine my approach to addressing people respectfully and without the potential for offense. Thank you! -36 y/o M
 
I learned how to make your waiting room inclusive and that it’s okay saying ‘I’m not experienced in caring for LGBT patients but I am here for you and want to help you.’ I learned more topics I need to cover with patients in this population when caring for them.-26 y/o F
 
This was great! I think this should be required for every medical student. I learned how to make my practice more accessible to the LGBT community. This presentation has strengthened my desire to be an advocate for my LGBT patients and make sure my practice (facilities, staff, materials) are LGBT friendly.-25 y/o F
 
Very informative lecture. I’ve often thought about how to broach the subject of SO and homosexuality with my future patients and your helpful ‘phrases and questions’ will help me start to form my own dialogue and comfort ability. This presentation has given me a lot of scientifically based information to tell certain friends, family members, and coworkers about and hopefully open up more conversations about the LGBT community as a whole.-26 y/o F
 
Very helpful information – I have personally had zero interaction with a transgender person and found the information very helpful! I learned family acceptance is #1 – important to convey to future patients. I did not realize how high the rates of substance abuse and risk factors are for the LGBT community. Obviously; very important for us as future physicians to know, so that we can screen.-25 y/o F
 
Very informative. I feel as though this is a very under-taught area, so very happy to have lectures covering the material. I feel very much more informed. Really enjoyed the homosexual lecture and videos, because I have a family member in which the last 2 sons of 4 boys were born homosexual and of the two straight, one had a son who is homosexual.-24 y/o F
 
This presentation taught me that I had some pre-existing prejudices that I was not aware of.-28 y/o F
 
I learned it is important as future HCPs to provide a comforting environment for the LGBT patient to help them relieve their stress  and give them an outlet for support. No matter how many times I listen to these lectures, I believe that I will continue to learn something new. And the best way to better work with the LGBT community is to apply what is learned in clinical practice.-24 y/o M
 
Great lectures! It’s prepared me to better serve my LGBT patients through better communication and referral to proper resources.-25 y/o F
 
This has been a very thought provoking lecture and provided staggering statistics related to the LGBT community. I believe this presentation has been very helpful in knowing how to best take care of a LGBT patient.-30 y/o M
 
I learned how to define and differentiate sexual orientation and sexual behavior. I feel more comfortable with discussions on the topic as I now feel more knowledgeable.-28 y/o M
 
I have listened to you speak before, but every time, I am reminded of how incredibly important this topic is. While our country is more hospitable to the LGBT community, most of the people – including the docs, are so uneducated on this topic. Thanks again!-26 y/o M
 
It was interesting to hear about the ways to help prevent LGBT suicide. I didn’t realize simple things could help so much – like having a support group as an option even if they aren’t involved in it. It really was a lot of information I had never known. I wasn’t really subjected to this information before.-23 y/o F
 
I learned how to begin caring for patients that may identify with a sexual orientation or gender different than my own. This presentation has given me a foundation for LGBTQ healthcare that will allow me to provide better care for my future patients.-26 y/o F
 
I had no idea transgender females having sex with men is considered heterosexual. Much of the transgender information was completely new to me. I feel much more educated about LGBT – especially transgender, which is great because this group is the most oppressed in the area I grew up (Midwest).-27 y/o M
 
I think the talk was very professional and matter of fact. A lot of important information was presented. I think this presentation was a very eye opening talk that expanded my knowledge on a topic we don’t talk much about. I think it is important not lose sight of the fact that as physicians we must treat people fairly and help everyone regardless of sexual identity or behavior.-23 y/o F
 
I think this series of lectures is very helpful and essential for future physicians. Gender issue is real and needs as much attention as cardiac or dietary issues. This is a must to be exposed to if anyone wishes to practice medicine in the 21st century. This presentation makes me more confident to approach LGBT issues in clinical settings – especially from my background (LGBT is a taboo topic in my culture). It gives me some head-ups of which areas/downfalls I need to look for when the patients are struggling to adjust to LGBT identity.-29 y/o M
 
Lectures were very informative. The more I am exposed to this information, the better I will be at serving the LGBT community. I learned that sex is the body but gender is the mind. This presentation helps me think about how to serve different types of patients in the appropriate manner.-23 y/o M
 
Great lecture! Very interesting. I learned the most about the transgender population. Since it is something that isn’t prevalent in the media, it is great to have an opportunity to learn about this population. It is really eye opening how much we need to be reminded of being culturally sensitive.-25 y/o F
 
I learned to be conscientious about asking open-ended questions when taking sexual history. I am more aware of the medical needs of different sexual orientations.-25 y/o F
 
I found the practice questions and videos very helpful. I learned sexual orientation is a spectrum like a rainbow – not gay or straight. Orientation and behavior are not necessarily aligned. This presentation made me more comfortable with approaching an LGBT patient visit. I was uncomfortable with getting 3 lectures on LGBT health because I have moral objections to certain lifestyle practices in the LGBT community. I am now more educated and open to helping these patients.-23 y/o F
 
Wonderful presentation. I am happy to know that I will be more prepared in the future. Truly educating.-23 y/o F
 
Very informative and helpful. Thank you for your time! This presentation helped me to find ways to make a practice more welcoming to the LGBT community.-28 y/o M
 
I learned the difference between sexual orientation and sexual behavior. Understanding how our patients identify is important in helping us better communicate with them and in turn provide better care. I have friends who are a part of the LGBT community and I want them to have access to health care that fits their needs. There needs to be more education on the subject – such as these lectures. So thank you!-25 y/o F
 
This presentation has made me very much aware of the ways in which I can become a better healthcare provider for patients who are in the LGBT community as well as those who are discovering their orientation and behavior. I am aware now that I should ask open-ended questions and present an environment in which individuals feel comfortable.-26 y/o F
 
I’m appreciative of these lectures because this will hopefully be a good teaching point for those who aren’t as comfortable when it comes to treating LGBT individuals in the health care world.-24 y/o F
 
Informative. These are important topics we need to learn about for our practices as good physicians. I learned proper, unoffensive terminology.-27 y/o F
 
I learned issues that LGBT faces everyday and important healthcare issues to keep in mind for the population.-26 y/o F
 
Informative presentation. I learned the differences between sexual orientation and behavior. Docs don’t know nearly enough about LGBT care as they should.-24 y/o M
 
I think that including LGBT lectures and viewpoints is very important to becoming an effective physician, so I’m glad it is being brought up while I’m in school. I learned that acknowledging a person’s sexual orientation is crucial to providing good healthcare because there is a large disparity in the care they are given.-24 y/o F
 
I learned how triple minority risk may help me pick out someone who may be struggling with LGBT issues or suicidal ideations. Someone asking the right open ended questions can uncover more details. I’m grateful that these classes are part of the curriculum. Hopefully I can help create a positive impact in the LGBT community.-28 y/o F
 
This program was a great addition to my medical training before being put into clinical rotations. I learned how to give health care to all sexual orientations on a level that is helpful for my future patients.-24 y/o M
 
I thought the presentations were very informative and organized. I feel more comfortable in the dynamics of LGBT issues that I will encounter in the clinical setting.  I learned you can be open and accepting, but unless you ask the right questions a myriad of information may be missed in your patients (sexual orientation, lifestyle choices, etc). While I do consider myself an open person, I am incredibly uneducated on healthcare matters pertaining to the LGBT community.-27 y/o M
 
Great presentation. I’m not one to get overly excited about sitting 3 hours on a single topic, but I have to admit, I learned a lot. You did a wonderful job and I’m glad I stayed. I learned how the patient-physician relationship is perceived by most gay/lesbian individuals – a horrifying experience. I will take this into consideration when meeting new patients. I feel much more aware of the issues many individuals go through on a daily basis. Life is stressful enough.-27 y/o M
 
I learned to think about the specific concerns of a person who is LGBT.  I l have wareness of stressors and risk factors that people of LGBT community face and how to approach their treatment.-25 y/o M
 
Great presentation. Very informative and neutral. Organized and very relevant to our profession and everyday life. I learned that support is very, very important for those that may be LGBTQ. Even one person/stranger can make a big difference in someone else’s life. This presentation has given me a lot to think about – how to treat/provide healthcare for LGBTQ.-23 y/o M
 
Great presentation! Thought provoking questions during lecture. We don’t get many lectures (if at all) about suicide – it is a very important and crucial topic that needs to be taught! Your presentation has affected me in a positive way. I really respect what you do and coming here to educate our students. I think students need to become more comfortable with the LGBTQ community in order to give our patients the best healthcare possible. Recently my boyfriend’s younger brother just came out and I want to be there to support both of them. Thank you.-25 y/o F
 
I think it’s great that we have 3 lectures to get a better understanding of some of the groups of people we will be encountering as physicians. These lectures help people open up and be exposed to things they may not be comfortable with.  The emails at the end really show what an impact it really makes by just becoming more aware and understanding. It makes me want to be extremely conscious of my patient population and develop a relationship with my LGBTQ patients that they may not have outside my office.-24 y/o F
 
I thought it was an awesome presentation. Very educational and interesting. There are so many aspects of LGBT care that I have never even thought of. There are many things we can do as physicians to respect LGBT patients and their beliefs and I hope I can do that.-24 y/o F
 
Excellent lectures. Thank you. I learned the differences between sexual orientation and behavior. This presentation taught me the procedures/proper way to treat patients who are transgender.-23 y/o M
 
Dr Holt: We are so fortunate to have this series of lectures from you. You have provided us with valuable tools to help a very high-risk population who deserve equal quality and access to healthcare. Thank you for all that you do. I learned how to make the office more amenable to a transgender patient and how to show compassion and support to an LGBT patient. This presentation has empowered me to be an advocate to LGBT individuals and be an effective healthcare provider to them.-25 y/o F
 
Necessary topic to be covered. I learned insurance restrictions towards transgender and difference between bisexual, pansexual, transgender, and others.  This presentation has made me more aware and knowledgeable of the realities faced by non-heterosexual individuals.-26 y/o M
 
Thank you for taking time to inform us about different issues that will make us better physicians and people. I will be more open minded and informed as a future doctor and human. I will be a more proactive advocate for those who struggle with society’s labels.-24 y/o M
 
Good presentation. We don’t talk about these important issues that often. I learned to create a patient friendly environment to all gender types and sexual orientations.-25 y/o M 
 
I learned there are specific things I can do in my future practice to make all of my patients comfortable, so I can better care for them. Your presentation seriously made me think about how I am going to approach my future medical practice to make sure I help my patients to the best of my ability.-30 y/o F
 
It was a great presentation. I learned the difference between orientation and behavior. I learned that there are many more aspects to sexuality than just gay, straight, or bi.-23 y/o M
 
This is a very difficult lecture series to attend. Not so much the sexual risks and suicide, but the proof or biology behind being gay. I’ve always been very conservative and religious. I know I have a lot to learn and several biases I need to get over. I admit this will be extremely difficult for me. Very good lecture overall. Lots of information that will help me be more prepared and a better physician.  I learned all the science behind being gay. I have never thought about sexual orientation that way before. Awareness – this is a good start. I have always looked at being gay as a result of family support/environment and a behavior to be modified. I will look into this more. I am fine to be a physician capable of treating this group. I have lots to do to prepare myself for that moment.-33 y/o M
 

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