Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
Apply today to serve on the AMA-GLBT advisory committee
AMA members interested in serving on the AMA's Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Issues are invited to apply for one of four positions on the committee: AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) representative, AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) representative, AMA Young Physician Section (YPS) representative and one at-large member. Follow the links to the AMA-MSS, AMA-RFS and AMA-YPS positions to find the applications, position descriptions and deadlines for each seat.
If you wish to apply for the at-large member seat, fill out the application and return it to the address listed by March 1. The at-large member position is open to any AMA member, and the term is two years in length. AMA-GLBT advisory committee members are expected to attend two meetings a year and participate in occasional conference calls.
If you're not an AMA member, join today.
NIH releases response to IOM report on GLBT health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued its long-awaited response to recommendations made in the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) groundbreaking 2011 report on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health.
The NIH committee responding to the IOM report identified a number of opportunities for advancing research on GLBT health issues. Among other things, the committee suggested that the NIH establish a trans-NIH mechanism to develop an integrated approach for pursuing these opportunities, as well as monitor progress on this front.
The NIH response has been well received by many leading GLBT health organizations, including the Fenway Institute, which sees it as a signal that the NIH is addressing a number of gaps in GLBT health knowledge. For example, the Fenway Institute's Network for LGBT Equality lauds the NIH for providing "insight and plans around a large number of important areas."
While there's still work to be done, the report makes clear that GLBT health is now a top priority for the NIH. An AMA resource offers guidance on how physicians can make it a priority in their own practices as well.