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Queer Family Building 1

Video Length: 10 minutes

In this vignette a clinician has a conversation with two couples who are planning to have and co-parent a biological child. The clinician answers questions posed by the couples and poses thought-provoking questions in order to gather essential information the family needs to begin their family building process. This vignette is part of a clinical vignette series highlighting various aspects of the health of LGBT and gender nonconforming populations and is designed to give learners the opportunity to analyze clinician-patient communication strategies. The series can be used in a variety of ways from independent learning to small group learning to large group learning. Each clip is generally three to five minutes long with discussion questions and additional resources listed at the end of each scenario. In an ideal setting the learner would be able to practice the communication strategies identified after viewing the vignettes.

Learning Objectives:
By the completion of this vignette/vignette series, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify three strategies to engage LGBT patients in the clinical environment.
  • Discuss methods to sensitively approach history taking and physical examination with LGBT patients.
  • Describe three verbal or non-verbal strategies to identify sexual orientation and gender identity in the clinical environment.
  • Describe three unique risk factors for health conditions related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Outline three techniques for tailoring health promotion strategies to the needs of LGBT patients.

Michelle M. Forcier, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Division of Adolescent Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Paul (Male Partner 1)
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Felipe (Male Partner 2)
Andrés F. Sciolla, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis Health System

Kris (Female Partner)
Robin Smith 

Danielle (Female Partner)
Danya Potter

Additional Resources:

Suggested Citation:
AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development. (February, 2016). Clinical Vignettes. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. Available online at:

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