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    February 21, 2019 at 6:12 pm #2390
    1. WHEREAS, the LGBTQ+ community has a unique set of health disparities and health
    2. outcomes that are separate and distinct from the general population, qualifying it as an
    3. underserved community1; and
    4. WHEREAS, an integral component of the osteopathic tradition is to take care of a whole person
    5. – “the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit” – and allocating the resources necessary to treat
    6. and care for the LGBTQ+ community exemplifies this philosophy2; and
    7. WHEREAS, there are only 5 hours of medical education, on average, devoted to the LGBTQ+
    8. community across allopathic and osteopathic medical schools in the United States and Canada3;
    9. and
    10.  
    11. WHEREAS, there is a “growing recognition of the gap between the unique needs of LGBT
    12. patients and what most clinicians understand”4 that is already appreciated and can be corrected
    13. through augmented medical education and subsequent medical licensing examination; and
    14. WHEREAS, osteopathic teaching institutions lag behind allopathic counterparts when it comes
    15. to clinical education relating to the LGBTQ+ community5; and
    16. WHEREAS, one of the goals of the US Department of Health and Human Services “Healthy
    17. People 2020” agenda is to “improve the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
    18. and transgender (LGBT) individuals”6 which can be achieved by “providing medical students
    19. with training to increase provision of culturally competent care”6; and
    20. WHEREAS, the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) describes
    21. questions including clinical presentations as including patients from special populations in varied
    22. clinical settings in which patients present for osteopathic medical care7; therefore, be it
    23. RESOLVED, that SOMA encourage the NBOME to incorporate more LGBTQ+ content and
    24. questions in order to improve osteopathic medical education and LGBTQ+ patient outcomes
    25. across the United States; and
    26. RESOLVED, that the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) encourage the NBOME to
    27. incorporate more LGBTQ+ content and questions in order to improve osteopathic medical
    28. education and LGBTQ+ patient outcomes across the United States.

     
    References

    1. United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (2013). Improving Data Collection for the LGBT Community. Retrieved from: https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=3&lvlid=57
    2. American Osteopathic Association (2019). Explore the philosophy behind the practice of osteopathic medicine. Retrieved from: https://osteopathic.org/about/leadership/aoa-governance-documents/tenets-of-osteopathic-medicine/
    3. Journal of the American Medical Association (2011). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender–Related Content in Undergraduate Medical Education. Retrieved from: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/1104294
    4. American Medical Association (2017). Clinical guide helps integrate LGBT care into practice, education. Retrieved from: https://www.ama-assn.org/education/accelerating-change-medical-education/clinical-guide-helps-integrate-lgbt-care-practice
    5. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (2014). Improving Osteopathic Medical Training in Providing Health Care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients. Retrieved from: http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2102036
    6. U.S. Dept. of health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2019). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. Retrieved from: https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/lesbian-gay- bisexual-andtransgender-health (CONFIRM LINK)
    7. National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examinations (2019). Description of Examinations. Retrieved from: https://www.nbome.org/examsassessments/comlex-usa/new-bulletin/description/

    Submitted by:
    Demetri Tsiolkas, OMSII – Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas
    Jessica Tice, OMSII – Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas

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  1. Daniel Sunderland
    LECOM at Seton Hill
    Posts:
    February 22, 2019 at 11:03 am #2402

    Sexual and psychological health competencies are essential components of students being ready to see and take care of real patients. We should be assessed on these topics.

  2. Demetri Tsiolkas
    Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus
    Posts:
    February 28, 2019 at 3:12 am #2423

    The sixth source url for Resolution S-19-35 (LATE): SOMA/AOA Encourace LGBTQ+ Content on National Licensing Examinations, which references the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Healthy People 2020), should include a hyphen (-) between the words “and” and “transgender” as listed below:
    https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/lesbian-gay- bisexual-and-transgender-health

    Thank you.