Creating a culture where health care professionals are attuned to the needs and concerns of LGBT patients is a central tenet of the health care reform law (and one not subject to a Supreme Court ruling).
But support for the doctors and nurses who are LGBT themselves is another matter, and one historically overlooked, writes Pauline Chen on The New York Times’ Doctor and Patient blog:
In a recent issue of the journal Academic Pediatrics, Dr. Mark A. Schuster, head of general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston, lays bare the experience of being gay in medicine and the constant struggle to “choose between being a doctor and being openly gay.” The prose is riveting, but it is also difficult to read. For it delivers unflinching, evenhanded descriptions of a profession that is committed to helping others, yet is also capable of treating some of its own as aberrant.
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