Conversations in Ethics – The Ethics of Clinical Care for Patients with Diverse Gender and Orientation Experiences

September 16, 2020

Research reveals health disparities when comparing heterosexual with gay, lesbian and bisexual youths and adults, as well as transgender and non-transgender populations. Gay and bisexual patients are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, and substance use. Even more dramatic health disparities, including higher incidence of suicidal ideation and feeling rejected by healthcare providers, are found among patients who identify as intersex, transgender, or gender non-binary. What can each medical professional do to help reduce these disparities and provide more-affirming patient care, interpersonally and in the larger health system environment? How can medical professionals navigate ethical dilemmas that can arise when serving these patients? Please join us to learn from our panel of experts on this topic.  

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Target Audience

Physicians, Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Clinical Chaplains, Medical Students and other interested healthcare professionals.                     

Learning Objectives

  • Compare demographic data and health outcome trends across adolescent, adult and senior populations who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or gender nonbinary.
  • Identify the primary medical and mental health conditions correlated with higher risk factors for patients impacted by anti-gay bias or gender-related stigma.
  • Analyze institutional best practices recently implemented by other South Florida healthcare organizations as compared to Joint Commission guidelines.
  • Implement strategies to provide optimum patient-centered care, to achieve positive outcomes for this population of patients.
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Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Psychology
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
09/16/2020 - 6:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
09/16/2020 - 8:00pm EDT
Live Webinar
United States

Noemi Marquez, LCSW, IMH-E®
Consultant, Instructor and Psychotherapist
Counsel & Connect, Inc.
Miami, Florida

Gilbert A. Smith, D.O.
Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida 

Joseph Zolobczuk, M.S. Ed.
Executive Director of Education
YES Institute
Miami, Florida

Noemi Marquez, LCSW, IMH-E®,  Gilbert A. Smith D.O., and Joseph Zolobczuk, MS Ed., have all indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for 2 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-126978, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Psychology (2 hour), and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

This activity has also been approved for 2 credits for Nurse Practitioners, Nurses,  Clinical Chaplain, and Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Psychology
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