Title

Student Journal Club to Improve Cultural Humility with LGBTQ Patients

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Abstract

© The Author(s) 2020. Health degree programs provide opportunities to reduce disparities in care for LGBTQ patients by exposing students to LGBTQ communities and current health issues. However, LGBTQ content is mostly absent from medical school curricula. This mixed method assessment study, conducted during the 2018 to 2019 academic year, examined the feasibility of implementing a medical student journal club focused specifically on LGBTQ health issues as a complementary training tool to support efforts to create an inclusive educational environment. Compared to the pre-test, mean response scores increased for most of the parameters including familiarity with LGBTQ healthcare issues, confidence in the ability to identify harmful medical provider practices, and reading and assessing scientific literature. Qualitative data showed increased confidence, comfort and knowledge about LGBTQ health barriers. This study offers a framework for using a journal club to provide an effective platform for enhancing students’ LGBTQ cultural humility and research literacy.

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