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Creating a LGBTQ-Friendly Environment in the Clinical Setting

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit |  Anxiety |  AOA Category 1-A Credit |  Depression |  Family Medicine |  LGBTQIA+ Community |  Mental Health |  Patient Experience & Needs |  Primary Care |  Psychiatry |  Suicide |  Trauma
Ron Holt, DO, MPA, DFAPA
55 Minutes
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*** Please note this program will also be found as part of the 2.75-Credit program Primary Care. If you have already completed Primary Care, you will not want to choose this program. If you would like to learn more about Primary Care, choose “Media Types” above and select “Classroom.” ***

In this didactic and experiential learning session, the learner will experience the clinic setting through the eyes of the LGBTQ+ patient. Research show LGBTQ+ patients are at high risk for mental and physical health disparities. These disparities are worsened by perceived and actual barriers to culturally competent LGBTQ+ healthcare. Many topics will be introduced on how to help physicians make the healthcare setting a safe and welcoming environment for their LGBTQ+ patients, including the impact of the waiting room, intake forms, patient interactions. The presenter will also use role-playing and an interactive A & A session to reinforce learning.

This presentation will help physicians gain insight and knowledge on how to create a physical environment that feels safe and welcoming for their LGGTQ+ patients. The physician will also learn how to introduce sensitive topics with their LGBTQ+ patients allowing meaningful dialogue for optimal care.

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:
•    Explain the ways to create a safe and welcoming environment for their LGBTQ+ patient allowing for more optimal care.
•    Demonstrate how to approach sensitive topics with their LGBTQ+ patients to enhance patient disclosure and subsequent outcomes.
•    Create a safe environment that will allow the patient to come out to their healthcare provider.
•    Describe who is at higher risk for suicide and how to assess for suicide during the patient encounter.

Accreditation Statements:
The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. MAOPS designates this program for a maximum of 1 AOA Category 1-A Credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation.

Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsä. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) and Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. MAOPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Planning Disclosure:
None of the planners for this educational activity have a relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Grievance Policy for AOA Credit:
All grievances should be in writing and should specify the nature of the grievance. Initially, all grievances should be directed to MAOPS Executive Director, who will then forward said grievance to the Education & Convention Committee. All grievances will receive an initial response in writing within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, then they can then submit a complaint in writing to the Council on Continuing Medical Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.




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Student Health Physician, Adjunct Assistant Professor

San Francisco State University

Ronald Holt, DO,’93, is a board-certified psychiatrist, author, and international speaker. For the past 20 years, Holt has been a relentless advocate and educator on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and civil rights. In 2008, Holt expanded his presentations nationally to include LGBTQ+ healthcare, the consequences of bullying, and suicide risk reduction. He has presented to hundreds of audiences, including physician audiences, on how to provide culturally competent care to the LGBTQ+ community.

Holt, along with his husband, William Huggett, MD, have published a self-help book and supportive coloring books for the LGBTQ+ community. They have also published a coloring book to help physicians with stress reduction. He has received several awards across the country for his community service and commitment to diversity. In the late 2000s, Holt received his previous employer’s two highest awards for community service and diversity achievement, making him the first physician within this national healthcare organization to receive both awards in the individual category. In 2019, he was elected to Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition to being a KCU Adjunct Assistant Professor, Holt currently practices as a student health physician at San Francisco State University.

Ron Holt, DO, discloses that he has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. Holt can be reached at



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