Health Education

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals face documented health disparities, perpetuated in part by limited lgbtq-related education and cultural competency training in medical curricula. In recent years, national health care organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have encouraged inclusion of lgbtq health concerns in all institutions’ medical curricula, recommending:

  • Faculty development to prepare faculty to work with students and patients
  • Curricular components, interviewing skills, etc.
  • Faculty who have specific LGBTQ health expertise
  • Education and training in topics pertaining to LGBTQ included as a required competency

Vanderbilt is working to improve our trainees’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding LGBTQ healthcare in a myriad of ways:


Vanderbilt now has lgbtq curriculum components in a majority of its undergraduate medical education (courses with lgbtq content are in darker colors.)