At their interim meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in San Diego delegates voiced their support for developments to improve patient engagement in their curricula.
About 8 million U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and 700,000 identify as transgender, according to figures cited in a resolution presented at the Interim Meeting.
When contrasted with the general public, research indicates that sexual and gender minorities experience worse health outcomes in several areas, including modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease, risk of mortality from breast cancer, substance use disorders, sexually transmitted infections and mental health disorders.
Delegates amended AMA policy to encourage training institutions—at both the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels—to put more comprehensive curricula into place that inform medical students and residents on how to care for populations from diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
“With research showing significant disparities among patients facing health issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, it is important that our future physicians have the training they need to recognize these health issues and better treat their patients,” said AMA Trustee Grayson W. Armstrong, MD, MPH
According to the amended policy , the AMA will:
Support the right of medical students and residents to form groups and meet on-site to further their medical education or enhance patient care without regard to their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin or age.
Support students and residents who wish to conduct on-site educational seminars and workshops on health issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Encourage medical accreditation bodies to both continue to encourage and periodically reassess education on health issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the basic science, clinical care, and cultural competency curricula in undergraduate and graduate medical education.