Few studies have focused on the experiences of LGBTQ physicians. There are more studies of heterosexual physicians’ attitudes about LGBTQ patient care and LGBTQ patients’ experiences with health care providers than there are about LGBTQ physicians’ experiences. The unique position of LGBTQ physicians in often conservative and bureaucratic health care systems deserves more study. The available studies point to an increased burden of stress in an already stressful occupation. This entry addresses the experience of LGBTQ physicians in medical school, residency, and practice and concludes with recommended resources for physicians.

Medical School

Many colleges and universities have LGBTQ student groups or associations that are undergraduate-oriented and not linked to health sciences professions. Liberal arts and social science departments have been quicker to adopt LGBTQ-welcoming policies and procedures, ...

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