A new survey has revealed that medical schools are NOT teaching their students (the future of medicine) about properly caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
After speaking to medical school deans in the U.S. and Canada, it was revealed that schools spent an average of FIVE HOURS teaching LGBT-related content. 33% of schools provided no instruction related to LGBT medical care during the student's clinical years, and even worse, nearly 4% did not provide any AT ALL!
Hector Vargas, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, said:
"This survey confirms what we have said all along: Health professional training schools in general do not adequately address LGBT health needs."
Despite the shockingly LOW amount of time (if any at all) spent educating students on specific medical issues affecting the LGBT community, 44% of the deans surveyed somehow thought coverage of LGBT content at their school was "fair" overall, while 26% said it was "very poor."
The study authors called their findings "shocking" because they THOUGHT "in medical education, we strive for excellence."
We hope this survey will open some eyes in the medical community and inspire some MUCH NEEDED change in curriculum.
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