Best Practices

This section focuses on clinical experiences to support student learning of practices that convey an open and inclusive environment for all patients/clients, and to teach best practices in caring for LGBTQ people and their families.

Guidelines for planning clinical experienceslgbt_out2

    • Engage local LGBTQ leaders and organizations as resources for student learning.
    • Role model correct and comfortable use of LGBTQ terms.
    • Provide inclusive interview/interaction scripts for students to use in their interactions with all patients and their families.
    • Be sensitive to your students who are, or might have diverse sexual or gender identities and explore their preferences in relation to being openly identified. Plan their clinical activities accordingly.

Suggested clinical and laboratory activities

    • Arrange 4 to 6 hours volunteering at a local LGBTQ community center, or a church that sponsors activities for LGBTQ people.
    • Identify open LGBTQ patients in any clinical setting, and engage students in their care.
    • Invite LGBTQ individuals in the community to engage with students in a laboratory setting to practice effective interviewing skills.

Guidelines for evaluating student performance that is inclusive of LGBTQ people and families

    • Student uses inclusive language in interviewing and interacting with all patients/clients.
    • When a student encounters an openly LGBTQ individual, they respond with sensitivity and appropriate interactions.

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