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Harvard Medical School students will administer LGBTQIA+ care for people “from infants to older adults,” thanks to a clinical course run by an LGBT activist.
The course is called “Caring for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Sex Development.” A four-week elective course held mainly at Massachusetts General Hospital, it is available full-time every month. The two directors of the course are affiliated with Mass General, and one of those directors is an activist pushing transgender surgeries for minors.
“This elective is a four-week multidisciplinary clinical-and-scholarly experience that trains students to provide high-quality, culturally responsive care for patients with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex development,” the course description reads. “Many of these patients identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA+). Clinical exposure and education will focus on serving gender and sexual minority people across the lifespan, from infants to older adults.”
“Students will work with multidisciplinary teams in a variety of clinical settings and specialties, including but not limited to Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Infectious Disease, OBGYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychology, Primary Medical Care, and Plastic Surgery,” it adds. “They will be immersed in clinical practices committed to promoting health and resiliency for gender and sexual minority communities.”
In addition to Massachusetts General and Harvard Medical School, the course also offers “partnerships and clinical experiences” at Boston Children’s Hospital, which has reportedly offered various trans “affirming” care for minors.
A doctor at BCH claimed in a video put out by the hospital that some transgender patients know their gender identity “as early as seemingly from the womb.”
“They will usually express their gender identity as very young children, some as soon as they can talk, they might say phrases such as ‘I’m a girl’ or ‘I’m a boy’ or ‘I’m going to be a woman’ or ‘I’m going to be a mom,’” Dr. Kerry McGregor, a psychologist at BCH’s Gender Multispecialty Service clinic, said in the video. “Kids know very, very early.” McGregor also said that the clinic serves patients as young as age 2 or 3.
Besides BCH, the course allows students to work at the Cambridge Health Alliance, the Harvard-affiliated Fenway Health Center, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, and other health-care organizations that serve the LGBT community.
According to a report from The College Fix, the directors of the course, Alex Keuroghlian and Alberto Puig, work for Massachusetts General. Keuroghlian is also a psychiatrist at the Fenway Health Center. He is also a radical LGBT activist who pushed “gender-affirming” health care on children. He published research in 2021 that claimed gender-affirming care led to better mental health outcomes among transgender children, and attacked Texas Governor Greg Abbott last year for trying to prevent the practice.
The course also pushes transgender research on students who take it. “At the beginning of the elective, each medical student will receive an updated packet of foundational and current peer-reviewed articles in the area of gender and sexual minority health, to ground their clinical experience in relevant basic science and evidence-based practice,” the course description reads.
The course is part of Harvard Medical School’s Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative, which seeks to “foster excellence caring for patients with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex development.”