11/09/2005

Student Groups to Hear Medical Expert

Emory Professor to Discuss Medical Issues of Gays and Lesbians

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Jason Schneider, M.D., of Emory University, will discuss “Primary Care of the Gay and Lesbian Patient” at noon, Nov. 16, in the Main Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU.

“Like racial and ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian people experience certain health disparities, such as higher rates of smoking and depression, and for lesbians, additional risk factors for breast cancer,” said Norman Ferrari, M.D., associate dean for student services and academic progress at the WVU School of Medicine. “We want to make sure our students are culturally competent with respect to all patient populations. Dr. Schneider’s presentation is part of that effort.”

Campus chapters of the American Medical Student Association, American Medical Association and the Diversity Coalition are holding a joint meeting to hear Schneider’s remarks, according to Jeremy Toler, student coordinator.

“We are honored to have a presentation by Dr. Schneider,” said Toler. “He has served on the Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) for over five years. He was recently appointed by GLMA to serve a two-year term on the new AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trangender Concerns, and serves as the vice chair of the committee.”

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