The University of Louisville School of Medicine announced that it will serve as the pilot site to improve care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients. The curriculum will be designed to focus on the health concerns and issues encountered by not only LGBT patients, but also patients who are gender nonconforming or both with differences of sex development (DSD).

According to the press release announcing new curriculum, people who are LGBT, People who are LGBT, gender nonconforming or born with DSD often experience challenges when seeking care in doctors’ offices, community clinics, hospitals and emergency rooms. Research shows that these health disparities result in decreased access to care or willingness to seek care, resulting in increased medical morbidity and mortality for LGBT and DSD-affected patients.

“We are very excited to serve as our nation’s learning ground in training the next generation of physicians in meeting the unique health care needs of our LGBT and DSD-affected population,” said Toni Ganzel, M.D., dean of the UofL School of Medicine. “Every segment of our population brings its own set of health care issues and concerns. As we strive to provide the highest quality training possible, it is a privilege to model that educational experience for our colleagues throughout the nation.”.¡