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The Hidden Curriculum in Academic Medicine: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Video Length: 37 minutes

In this video, Jennifer Potter, MD, leads a panel discussion on how the hidden curriculum in academic medicine influences the sexual and gender minority health education of medical students, residents, and allied health professionals as well as the institutional culture and climate for sexual and gender minorities. Panelists define the concept of a hidden curriculum, explore its positive and negative effects, discuss how it interfaces with the explicit curriculum, and explain the need for the curricular inclusion of the health of these populations.

Learning Objectives:
After viewing this video, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss at least three hidden curriculum elements that disrupt the learning environment regarding healthcare issues for LGBT and DSD-affected individuals
  • Describe the impact of the hidden curriculum on LGBT students and residents
  • Describe methods for diminishing the impact of the hidden curriculum on students and residents

Jennifer Potter, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Director of the Women's Health Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director of the Women's Health Program, Fenway Health

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar
University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

Barbara E. Warren, PsyD
Director of LGBT Programs and Policies
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Mount Sinai Health System

Jennifer "Jae" Goines
Second Year Medical Student
Morehouse School of Medicine

Edward J. Callahan, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and
Professor of Family Medicine
University of California Davis School of Medicine


Suggested Citation:
Association of American Medical Colleges. "The Hidden Curriculum in Academic Medicine: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity." (November, 2015). AAMC Videos and Resources. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. Available online at:

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