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Conference Proceeding

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2023 Joint Chapter Meeting : South Central Chapter (SCC)/Southern Chapter (SC), New Orleans, LA, September 21-26, 2023


Objectives: The objective of this study is to discover and synthesize the concepts and contents of the literature published in health sciences education journals investigating the experiences of LGBTQIA+ health sciences students. Methods: Literature searches were performed in Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, and ERIC databases based on an established PubMed search strategy and adapted for each database. Results were limited to the contents of a selection of health sciences education journals. Studies were required to focus on the experiences of health sciences students identifying as LGBTQIA+ and their perceptions of these experiences. Results: Searches yielded 695 citations. After initial screening, 168 studies were retrieved for full-text screening; final analysis included 24 studies. Concepts explored in these studies included navigating through the cisnormativity of health science education, psychological stress, the choice to disclose, and impact on the students’ future. Conclusions: LGBTQIA+ students face significant challenges while pursuing a future in the health sciences. However, the health sciences education literature lacks inquiry into the full range of those experiences and their effect on students’ mental and physical well-being. The current social and political environments in which these institutions operate make it imperative that these issues be examined.


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