Health Education

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals face documented health disparities, perpetuated in part by limited LGBTI-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 LGBTI 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 LGBTI health expertise
  • Education and training in topics pertaining to LGBTI included as a required competency

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

  • Sex, Sexuality & Sexual Health
  • 3rd Year Standardized Patient Case (Available from:
  • 3rd Year Peds/OBGYN intersession curriculum
  • John Fryer Lecture Series

VUSM Curriculum chart

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