The AMA Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Issues gathered at the 2016 Interim Meeting, in Orlando, Fla., to discuss items of interest before the House of Delegates, several special interest group reports and its pilot mentorship program.

The committee also hosted an LGBTQ & Allies caucus and reception, where Omar Harfouch, MD, discussed LGBT health in the Middle East and Africa. Dr. Harfouch is executive board vice president at the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health and past executive board member of Helem, the first LGBT rights organization in the Arab world. 

The committee joined other AMA sections and groups to cohost a CME session with the American Association of Public Health Physicians, “Gun violence: What do we know? What can physicians do?” The session featured presentations by Camara Jones, MD, PhD, MPH, president of the American Public Health Association, and Rex Archer, MD, MPH, director of health for the Kansas City Public Health Department in Missouri.

The session explored a variety of gun-related topics, including:

  • Ways physicians can describe the social determinants of health and equity
  • Ways they can recognize the community and public health implications of gun violence in their practice
  • Key features of the epidemiology of gun violence
  • Examples of policies to reduce gun violence and actions for gun violence prevention

Learn more about how the AMA LGBTQ Advisory Committee addresses issues of interest to LGBTQ physicians, residents, fellows, medical students, patients and allies.

Read more news coverage of the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting.

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