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Creating a Welcoming Environment for Sexual and Gender Minority Students

Creating a Welcoming Environment for Sexual and Gender Minority Students from AAMC on Vimeo.

Video Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Presentation Materials: Slide Deck 

Medical schools face a variety of challenges in creating safe, welcoming and nurturing environments for sexual and gender minority students, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender nonconforming. Realizing that each institution’s context is unique, this webinar will provide an overview of methods and resources institutional leaders can use to improve the climate at their institution for students of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and forms of gender expression. This webinar was jointly sponsored by the AAMC Group on Student Affairs and the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development.

Learning Objectives:
This session aims to empower leaders to ensure LGBT diversity and inclusion by:

  • Describe a framework for institutional commitment to sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) students.
  • Discuss the necessary institutional portfolio of programs and resources to support the success of LGBTQ+ students and improve campus climate for diversity.
  • Identify the unique growth opportunities and resources to advance LGBTQ+ priorities at your institutions.

Adrian D. Daul, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Pronouns: He, Him

Leon Jones, MD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, School of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis Health System
Pronouns: He, Him

Bobby Kelly, MD
Paul Ambrose Fellow
NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency at Concord
Hospital & Dartmouth-Hitchcock Leadership
Preventive Medicine Residency
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Pronouns: He, Him

Kelly A. McGarry, MD, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Nicole (Nix) Sitkin, BS
Medical Student (MS3)
Yale University School of Medicine
Pronouns: She, Her

Danny Teraguchi, EdD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Washington State University
Pronouns: He, Him or Zi, Hir

Kristen L. Eckstrand, PdD
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health
Chair, AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Suggested Citation:
Association of American Medical Colleges. "Creating a Welcoming Environment for Sexual and Gender Minority Students." (August, 2016). AAMC Videos and Resources. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. Available online at:

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