UT medical students to poll LGBTs
on health needs
QSanAntonio, June 24, 2014
Students from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of
Medicine will have a booth at the Pride San Antonio Festival on July 5
where they will survey participants to assess the healthcare needs of
the LGBT community.
The survey is conceived by a new group called UTHSCA Pride which is comprised
of LGBT health professions students and allies who are interested in creating
a clinic that would offer services to the local LGBT community.
Participants who answer the anonymous survey will be asked to respond
to several questions including whether they feel they are getting the
healthcare needs met, what type of issues they face when they go to a
doctor and whether they would seek healthcare from an LGBT-identified
The survey will be available in both paper and online forms. UTHSCA Pride
also will be working with local LGBT organizations to either post a survey
link on their web sites or ask them to pass out hard copies of the survey.
to take the survey.
UTHSCA Pride is organized as a gay-straight alliance by a group of medical
students who are interested providing a supportive atmosphere for LGBT
Co-chairs for the group are Chris Lam MSII and Gilberto Vasquez, MSII.
Aside from the co-chairs, the executive board is comprised of medical,
nursing, physician assistant and dental students.
Dr. Robert Esterl, Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Undergraduate
Medical Education, School of Medicine and Dr. Peter Andrew Guarnero, Assistant
Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Systems, School
of Nursing are the faculty co-advisors for the group.
Each semester, UTHSCSA Pride sponsors Safe Space training and Trans Panels.
The Safe Space sessions provide sensitivity training for faculty, staff
and students on health care issues faced by LGBT patients. Through the
use of clinical case scenarios, the presenters seek to teach healthcare
providers culturally competent skills for interviewing and caring for
the LGBT patients.
The Trans Panel consists of transgender patients at various stages of
transition. The goal is to sensitize healthcare professions students,
staff and faculty to the experiences of transgender persons as they seek
Last April, UTHSCSA Pride sponsored OUT for Health Texas LGBT Medical
Student Summit that brought together medical students from across the
state. An important outcome of the summit was the creation of the Texas
Association for GLBTQ Health.
The new organization supports current and future clinicians in providing
LGBT patients with equitable care. Ultimately, the group's efforts will
aim to create an interdisciplinary organization that provides a forum
for the exchange of information and mentoring in the care of the LGBT
Dr. Guarnero told QSanAntonio that he would like to speak with community
members to discuss possible research topics of interest to the LGBT community.
He can be reached by email at: Guarnero@uthscsa.edu.