Interprofessional LGBT Health Equity Education for Early Learners

Date of Review: February, 2019

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, describes an interprofessional education (IPE) session utilizing personal testimony, brief didactic, case study, and debrief to introduce early health professional students to LGBT health using a social determinants of health framework. The case was one of 4 cases used in a ½ day IPE session including over 650 students from 9 health professions; a total of 75 minutes were given for this exercise including 10 minutes for the personal testimony, 25 minutes for didactic learning, 25 minutes in small group case study, and 15 minutes in large group case debriefing. Students participated in groups of 10 learners/group with health professionals divided according to proportion in the large group (i.e. nursing students were 20% of the cohort, so 2 RN students were in each small group). Faculty facilitators floated between 2 groups of learners, with a ratio of 20 learners:1 small group facilitator. The resource packet includes implementation instructions, the original PowerPoint deck for the didactic session, the two cases (case A, transgender woman experiencing intimate partner abuse; case B, a questioning teen experiencing depression), and a faculty debriefing guide. Learners endorsed self-reported change in confidence and knowledge; authors note that the learners measured knowledge gains based on answers to a case worksheet did not match self-reported gains, however, and changes were detailed in the Educational Summary Report to address these discrepancies. — Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS and Katy Wright, PhD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Louisville

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Louisville, KY

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

Measured in learner knowledge

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self reflection, blogging with rubric)

Knowledge Application (Case vignette, non-reflective essay)


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