The Ethics of Clinical Care for Patients With Diverse Gender and Orientation Experiences

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 nonbinary. 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.  

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Medical Students, Respiratory Therapists (Personal Growth), Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians 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 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.
  • Appropriately address common ethical dilemmas that arise when serving this patient population. 
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Baams, L., Wilson, B. D., & Russell, S. T. (2019). LGBTQ youth in unstable housing and foster care. Pediatrics, 143(3), e20174211.
  • Durso, L. E., & Gates, G. J. (2012). Serving our youth: Findings from a national survey of services providers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.50 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.50 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.50 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
10/01/2020
Course expires: 
09/30/2022

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, M.S. Ed., have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions.

Ana Viamonte-Ros, M.D., MPH, conference director, indicated that neither she nor her spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies.

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 enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.50 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.50 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.50 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.50 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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