Teaching Intersectionality of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Race/Ethnicity in a Health Disparities Course

Date of Review: November, 2020

This resource introduces medical students to the concept of intersectionality, specifically discussing the ways that shared identity in a sexual and gender minority group and a racial and ethnic minority group has implications for medical care. The authors highlighted the stories of several LGBTQ+ individuals who were also patients of color, using recorded interviews and subsequently inviting one of the storytellers to come for a live question and answer session. The authors helpfully provide strategies for adapting this intervention at other institutions, although not all facets of their methodology are portable. This intervention was a novel way to increase medical student knowledge and confidence in addressing issues of intersectionality and was extremely well-received. –Elizabeth Scharle, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:



The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

Chicago, IL

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner knowledge

Self-reported learner attitude

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Level of Learner Assessment:

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

Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)

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