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Resources

The following resources are intended to provide potential sources of support, perspective, and experience to LGBTQ premedical students and medical school applicants. For additional, broader support resources at Northwestern, explore Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of Equity, the Office of the Registrar (legal name or gender updates), and Rainbow Alliance.

Organizations

  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) - The NAAHP lists all schools with health professions advisor on staff. If you need to talk to an advisor but your undergraduate institution does not have one available, NAAHP offers volunteer advisors to assist you.
  • Medical Student Pride Alliance – Activist and social organization committed to empowering sexual and gender minority medical students and allies, with chapters at medical schools across the U.S. 
  • OutCare Health Mentorship Program -- OutCare Health, a non-profit that provides information on LGBTQ health and connections to LGBTQ competent care, offers students the opportunity to connect with an LGBTQ professional in healthcare for mentoring.
  • Point Foundation The Point Foundation “empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential,” and has provided scholarships to LGBTQ medical students.  
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) - AMSA's Gender and Sexuality Action Committee is "dedicated to combating sexism and heterosexism, and to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education."
  • GLMA - GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.

Insights

Programs & Opportunities

Out Lists

Download an interactive list of current LGBTQ medical school Out Lists

  • These are currently known Out Lists. If you know of another medical school with an Out List not included here or if you are a medical school student or representative and have a new or unlisted Out List, please get in touch!

"Creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students" (Jablow, 2017) - Student perspectives and guidance on how medical schools can welcome and support LGBTQ+ students.

"Keeping our promise to LGBTQ+ patients" (Streed, Siegel, & Davis, 2019) - Three MDs advocate for improved LGBTQ+ health training for future physicians to better prepare them to care for underserved and often misunderstood LGBTQ patients. 

"U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training" (Tanner, 2020) - An Associated Press article examines the push for more LGBTQ medical students and efforts some schools have undertaken to make medical school more welcoming and inclusive for them.