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LGBTQ Health: Definitions, History, and Current Models - 1.5 CME Credits

Important terms, definitions, and background to know when working with LGBTQ patients

Start Date: January 23, 2018
Duration: ~ 1.5 hour
Price: $75

Course Description

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[This is one of two courses in the program LGBTQ Health, which can be purchased together for a discount.]

Although medical education teaches professionals how to work with diverse patients, there is a gap in how to provide sensitive and supportive care to LGBTQ populations. There are many disparities LGBTQ individuals face when they have a medical need, which can lead to major inequities in the overall health of many gender minorities.

This course focuses on describing and giving contextual information on sex, gender, sexual orientation, identity, gender pronouns, and preferred names. Additionally, this course will also cover the long history of stigma and discrimination against LGBTQ patients in the health care setting and how this impacts gender minority stress and leads to poor health outcomes.

The second course in the LGBTQ Health program is LGBTQ Health: Diverse Populations.

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze the particular needs of the multiple subgroups within the LGBTQ community
  • Examine the detrimental effects of stigma and particularly, the devastating effects of multiple stigmatized identities on health
  • Become more fluent in the terminology and vocabulary utilized by the LGBTQ community


Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH

Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Harvard Medical School; Director, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, Public & Community Psychiatry Curriculum Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, The National LGBT Health Education Center; Director, Division of Education and Training, The Fenway Institute

Jen Manion, PhD

Jen Manion, PhD Associate Professor, Department of History, Amherst College

Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C

Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Center for AIDS Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Iman Berrahou

Iman Berrahou MD Candidate, Class of 2018, Harvard Medical School

Michal McDowell, MPH

Michal McDowell, MPH MD Candidate, Class of 2018, Harvard Medical School


LGBTQ Health: Definitions, History, and Current Models is organized as follows:

Precourse Information:
Accreditation and AMA Credit Designation
Disclosure Statement
How to Take This Course
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Grading and Certificates

Module 1: Terms and Definitions
Sex Assigned at Birth, Gender Expression and Proper Use of Pronouns
Sexual Orientation, Attraction, and Behavior
Providing Supportive Clinical Care

Module 2: The National Landscape
Emergence of LGBT as a Field of Clinical Practice
Nondiscrimination Policies and Federal Standards Supporting LGBT People
National Efforts to Create an Inclusive Health Care Environment

Module 3: The History of Sexuality
Evolution of Views

Module 4: Impact of Minority Stress
Minority Stress and Health: The Minority Stress Model
Stigma, Discrimination, and Social Exclusion

CME Certificate
CME Posttest
Course Evaluation



The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for .5 credits of Risk Management Study. Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.


Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School has long held the standard that its continuing medical education courses be free of commercial bias.

In accord with the disclosure policy of the Medical School as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, course planners, speakers, and content reviewers have been asked to disclose any relevant relationship they, or their spouse or partner, have to companies producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. In addition, faculty have been asked to list any off-label uses of pharmaceuticals and/or devices for investigational or non-FDA approved purposes that they plan to discuss.

Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide the course director and participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Disclosure Statement

All individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.


Course Directors

Dr. Carolyn B. Becker is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a master clinician educator in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2007, she joined the faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a clinician-educator specializing in endocrinology with a particular interest in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. She is co-director of the Annual Brigham and Women’s Intensive Review of Internal Medicine (IRIM) course and an active participant in the education of medical students, residents, fellows and physicians. Dr. Becker is a former vicep resident of the Endocrine Society and former chair of the society’s annual educational meeting, Clinical Endocrinology Update. She currently heads the Calcium Section for the Society’s Endocrine Board Review. In 2016, she was recognized as a Distinguished Clinician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and she is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Educator Award from the Endocrine Society.

Dr. Jennifer Potter is a professor of medicine and advisory dean and director of the William B. Castle Society at Harvard Medical School. Co-chair and director of the LGBT Population Health Program at The Fenway Institute, her work focuses on improving care for LGBTQ populations via clinical innovation, educational leadership, and quality improvement research. Dr. Potter is a founding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ AXIS Committee and co-authored its groundbreaking medical education guideline, Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD.

Course Planners

Michelle Deraney is program(s) manager, Office for Postgraduate Medical Education, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Jessica Halem, MBA is LGBT program director for Harvard Medical School's Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.


How long will this course take?

This course should take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. You do not need to complete it all at once. You may come back as often as you like.

How long will this course be available?

This self-paced course will close enrollments one year after its start date.

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