Posted: November 23, 2015

Speaking with Patients about Sexuality and Gender – Part 1


In the first segment of this two-part video, Jennifer Potter, M.D. leads a group of health professional educators in an engaging discussion on Speaking with Patients about Sexuality and Gender. Panelists provide an overview of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex development; discuss how to create a welcoming clinical environment for patients; offer methods to address missteps in communication; and discuss how understanding patients' multiple identities can improve the patient-provider relationship. Dr. Potter is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Women's Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Director of the Women's Health Program at Fenway Health, Associate Editor of the MedEdPORTAL LGBT Health Curriculum Collection, and co-author of the AAMC publication Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD. Note: This is the first in a two-part video set. After viewing this video, please watch Speaking with Patients about Sexuality and Gender – Part 2.


LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Inclusive Environment, Sexual Health, Differences of Sex Development, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Gender Identity, Sexual Behavior, Queer, Gender Expression, Gender Nonconformity, Cultural Identity


Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, RN, CSE, Morehouse School of Medicine

Jennifer E. Potter, MD, Harvard Medical School

Kristen L. Eckstrand, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine