LGBTQ + Pre-Med
Welcome to Northwestern Health Professions Advising’s LGBTQ + Pre-Med, a centralized resource for LGBTQ students preparing to apply to medical school. This resource aims to support LGBTQ premedical students pursuing careers in medicine by discussing common questions, considering how to find the right fit in a medical school, and connecting them to additional resources.
We are committed to supporting students of all backgrounds in their pursuit of careers in medicine and in all other health professions. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of a health workforce that truly reflects the rich diversity of our society. The medical school application process is difficult and stressful on its own, and navigating the process with non-dominant identities can create additional challenges. In developing this resource, Health Professions Advising hopes to help LGBTQ applicants meet those challenges confidently.
Over the past few years, medical schools have seen an increase in matriculants identifying as a sexual orientation other than heterosexual. According to data from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2021 Matriculant Student Questionnaire, 14% of all matriculants identified as LGBTA+. (“LGBTA+” is used to encompass all members of the sexual behavior minority and gender identity minority communities.) In response to these shifts and to address health care disparities, medical schools have made great strides in creating more inclusive learning environments and updating curriculum to address LGBTQ+ patient populations. However, programs vary widely based on each institution. Review this link to help identify schools that prioritize LGBTQ+ health equity and inclusion.