In a survey of medical school curricula, researchers found that the average medical student receives only five hours of instruction on the health of gay, lesbian, and transgendered patients. Nine schools devoted no time to the topic during the preclinical years.
Doug Hughes, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry at BU, served as a panelist at the AAMC meeting in Denver. He reported that BU students receive 10 hours of LGBT health instruction, twice the national average.
A reporter from U.S. News interviewed Doug, who reported on the strides that BU and other medical schools have made in welcoming LGBT students. The visible presence of supportive faculty is particularly important, he said.