Medical Schools don’t teach about gay health


Future  doctors aren’t learning much about the unique health needs of gays and  lesbians, a survey of medical school deans suggests.On  average, the schools devoted five hours in the entire curriculum to  teaching content related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  patients, according to the survey results appearing in Wednesday’s  Journal of the American Medical Association. A third of the schools had  none during the years students work with patients.

More  than a quarter of the medical school deans said their school’s coverage  of 16 related topics was “poor” or “very poor.” The topics included sex  change surgery, mental health issues and HIV-AIDS. While  nearly all medical schools taught students to ask patients if they  “have sex with men, women or both” while obtaining a sexual history, the  overall curriculum lacked deeper instruction to help “students carry  that conversation as far as it needs to go,” said lead author Dr. Juno  Obedin-Maliver of the University of California, San Francisco.

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