Reviews | An advance for non-heterosexual medical students and health care
The Biden administration’s new ruling that students deserve to learn free from harassment, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, is enraging conservatives across the country, as the June 24 news article “ In the Title IX proposal, Biden seeks to strengthen protections for trans students,” reported. They think it’s discriminatory, unnecessary, and — without really saying it and saying it — morally offensive.
I’m a curator, and I’m also president of a medical school. I believe that these protections are not only fair, but can also improve the delivery of high quality health care to American citizens.
The idea that there should be no rules in place to protect the rights of students who belong to oppressed groups is absurd. This is especially nonsensical in medical schools, where it has become a growing priority to attract, train and nurture culturally competent students from these groups.
According to the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, cultural competence is defined as “the ability of medical providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients” .
By enabling and welcoming non-heterosexual students to prepare for careers in medicine safely and by welcoming them, we enable these future doctors to improve the cultural competence of their heterosexual peers, increase the quality of care and reduce disparities. in health for non-heterosexuals. -heterosexual patients. The Biden administration’s decision that offers such protections should be embraced and not despised.
The author is chief executive of Ponce Health Sciences University, a medical school, and co-founder of Tiber Health.