AMSA PremedFest 
University of Florida, 
Gainesville, FL
April 11-12, 2015

Gender and Sexuality

Women's pinLBGTRecognizing that discrimination based on gender and sexuality stems from common roots in sexism and heterosexism, the Gender and Sexuality committee is dedicated to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education. We work to establish AMSA as a leader on issues affecting the health of women, intersex and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and support initiatives to improve policy at the institutional, local, state, and federal levels. We advocate for patients through curricular improvement, increased physician education, research and health-related resources. We support physicians-in-training by providing a safe and supportive environment, leadership development opportunities, and advocating for their rights.

AMSA’s Policies on Gender and Sexuality - Read about:

  • Gender Identity
  • the FDA's Prohibition on Men Who Have Sex With Men From Donating Blood Products
  • Intersex Health
  • Physicians and the Armed Forces
  • Representation of Women in Medicine
  • Reproductive Rights, Family Planning and Sex Education
  • Sexuality
  • Violence and Hate Crimes

Local Projects in a Box – Do it Yourself!

Improve the Curriculum at Your School

Women’s Health in the Medical School Curriculum

Medical school curricula are often lacking when it comes to women's health in general. The only woman-specific information is generally contained in the reproductive health sequences, and these are often too short and don't contain enough information about contraception or family planning. Hand-in-hand with Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) and the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), we hopw to improve the way women's health is taught in medical schools across the country.

Women's Health Care White Coat Card
This downloadable postcard lists health concerns for women, including leading causes of death and health issues specific to women.

Online Teaching and Curricular Reform Resources

LGBT Health in the Medical School Curriculum

Bringing LGBTI Health Education to Your School
Strategies to help bring about small or large changes at your medical school

Plus One Initiative Guide

white coatLGBT White Coat Cards
These downloadable postcards list basic LGBT terminology, LGBT health care web resources, tips for performing the history and physical with LGBT patients, and overviews on health disparities for gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals. Use them at your school as educational items to provide to colleagues, faculty, staff and patients with  information everyone should know about LGBT health care.

Sample LGBT Health Curriculum Needs Assessment

Creating Your Own Preclinical Elective
Steps to go through to make sure that your course is a success! By Jason Lambrese, 2009 AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award Recipient

Additional Resources


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Gender & Sexuality Chair
Corey Hoch
Corey Hoch
LGBT Programing
Devki Bhatt
Devki Bhatt
Women's Programing

Marriage Equality

AMSA believes Congress should pass legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and recognize marriage licenses granted to gays and lesbians. State laws should provide equal protection, fairness, and freedom to all couples, straight and gay, as opposed to the “separate but equal” model of civil unions and domestic partnerships for gays and lesbians. At the state level, legislatures should promote equal treatment under the law by eliminating legislation that restricts the rights and benefits of gay and lesbian couples and recognizing civil marriages for gay and lesbian couples.

Prestigious Awards

Partner Organizations

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Medical Students for Choice