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LGBTQ Health: Diverse Populations - 2.25 CME

Definitions, health disparities, and implications for clinical practice

Start Date: February 20, 2018
Duration: ~ 2 hours
Price: $99

Course Description

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

Providing supportive and gender-sensitive medical care to LGBTQ populations is a timely and much-needed subject for medical professionals. LGBTQ individuals face numerous disparities in medical care, which leads to major health issues and inequalities. Not all medical education programs adequately inform and train students about how to effectively care for LGBTQ individuals and this course seeks to fill that gap.

This course focuses on how disparities affect the LGBTQ community, which includes transgender individuals, lesbians, gay men, bisexual individuals, and vulnerable subpopulations, such as the youth and older adults. Moreover, this course also covers how adaptive coping and resilience strategies have been employed by LGBTQ individuals and how medical professionals can help support sexual minority patients.

The first course in the LGBTQ Health program is: LGBTQ Health: Definitions, History, and Current Models.

What You'll Learn

  • Distinguish the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation
  • Become more fluent in the terminology and vocabulary utilized by the LGBTQ community
  • Help members of this community to find resilience in the face of multiple obstacles

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Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD

Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital

AndreAs Neumann-Mascis, PhD

AndreAs Neumann-Mascis, PhD Founder, The Meeting Point

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

Jennifer Potter, MD

Jennifer Potter, MD 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

Sari L. Reisner, ScD

Sari L. Reisner, ScD Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Harvard Medical School; Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics; Boston Children’s Hospital

Carl G. Streed, Jr, MD

Carl G. Streed, Jr, MD Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


LGBTQ Health: Diverse Populations is organized as follows:

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

Module 1: Vulnerable Populations
Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations
Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults

Module 2: Transgender and Nonbinary People
Definitions of Sex, Gender, and Nonbinary
Transgender Health Disparities
Implications for Clinical Practice

Module 3: Lesbians and Gay Men
Definitions of Gay, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Orientation
Health Disparities Among Gay Men
Steps to Improve Clinical Practice and Care for Gay Men

Module 4: Bisexuality
Defining Bisexuality
Bisexual Health Disparities
Explaining Bisexual Health Disparities and Minority Stress Theory Resiliency in the LGBTQ Community

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 2.25 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 1.25 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 vice president 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 2 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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