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Speaking with Patients about Sexuality and Gender

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Video Length: 24 minutes 

Note: This is the first in a two-part video set. After viewing this video, please watch Speaking with Patients about Sexuality and Gender – Part 2.

In the first segment of this two-part video, Jennifer Potter, M.D. leads a group of health professional educators in an engaging discussion on Speaking with Patients about Sexuality and Gender. Panelists provide an overview of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex development; discuss how to create a welcoming clinical environment for patients; offer methods to address missteps in communication; and discuss how discuss how understanding patients’ multiple identities can improve the patient-provider relationship.

Dr. Potter is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Women's Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Director of the Women's Health Program at Fenway Health, Associate Editor of the MedEdPORTAL LGBT Health Curriculum Collection, and co-author of the AAMC publication Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD.

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

  • Understand, and differentiate between, the following terms: sexual behavior, sexuality, sexual health, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, gender nonconforming, transgender, sexual identity, and differences of sex development.
  • Identify at least two strategies for openly communicating about sexuality and gender with patients that can impact patient care.
  • Identify at least two examples of how judgmental communication related to a patient’s sexuality and/or gender has impacted patient care.

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

Katharine Baratz Dalke, MD
Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, RN, CSE
Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health
and Preventive Medicine/Medical Education
Morehouse School of Medicine
Director of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health
Satcher Health Leadership Institute

Melanie Davis, PhD
President, Honest Exchange

Scott Leibowitz, MD
Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Gender and Sex Development Program
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

David Malebranche, MD, MPH
Primary Care Physician
University of Pennsylvania Student Health Services

Jason Schneider, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Division of General Medicine & Geriatrics
Emory University School of Medicine


Suggested Citation:
Association of American Medical Colleges. "Speaking with Patients about Sexuality and Gender – Part 1." (October, 2015). AAMC Videos and Resources. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. 

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