Mental Health Disparities and Medical Student Education: Teaching in Psychiatry for LGBTQ Care, Communication, and Advocacy

  • Matthew FadusEmail author
In Depth Article: Commentary

Developments in medical education are influenced through innovations in treatment and research as well as evolving ethical, social, and cultural standards in society. However, studies have previously indicated deficits in medical education regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) care and communication [1, 2, 3, 4]. The LGBTQ community represents a broad range of individuals of different ages, sociocultural backgrounds, and identities (the acronym LGBTQ is used commonly for readability and succinctness, although LGBTQIA, LGBTQIAGNC, or other acronyms can be substituted as more comprehensive abbreviations to include those who may identify as intersex, asexual, or gender nonconforming, among others). Members of the LGBTQ community are not a homogeneous group but are unified as sexual and gender minorities in that many experience stigma and discrimination [5, 6, 7]. Stigma and discrimination, both implicit and explicit, have historically occurred within health...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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