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Training The Next Generation Of Doctors To Get LGBT Health Right
National Public Radio

If you’re gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, odds are that you’ve had a doctor flinch or flounder through an appointment. The next generation of physicians needs to do better, the Association American of Medical Colleges announced Tuesday.

The organization published a 306-page manifesto intended to change medical school curricula so that future doctors are competent in helping patients who are LGBT, gender nonconforming or born with sex differences in development.

How’s that going to work? We asked Dr. Scott Leibowitz, an assistant professor of child psychiatry at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Leibowitz studies gender identity in children and teenagers, and was part of the committee who wrote the manifesto. This is an edited version of our conversation.