Medical students win CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award

The CWRU Pride LGBT Alumni Network selected Eric Chen and Uriel Kim for the CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award for their work in developing the LGBTQ+ Patient Advocacy Training Program.

The purpose of this program is to reduce LGBTQ+ health disparities through a rigorous nine-hour-long curriculum led by faculty and clinicians. After participating in this series of interactive workshops, online modules and clinical exercises, students are better able to advocate for marginalized patient populations and create a welcoming clinical environment. To date, nearly 30 students have completed the training program, with another cohort of students starting soon.

The LGBTQ+ Patient Advocacy Training Program addresses a clear need to ensure that medical students are prepared to deliver the best care to even the most vulnerable patients. The award will defray program costs and support summer research.

Chen and Kim are second-year medical students whose efforts will lead to better health outcomes for LGBTQ+ patients and more culturally informed care providers, not only on the CWRU campus, but in Greater Cleveland and beyond, as their fellow students pursue residencies and careers.

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