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Get Involved with GLMA and HPiT

Students and trainees have been involved in a multitude of ways, including:
• Committee leadership (learn more about current leadership below)
• Curricular Reform
• Social Media
• Advocacy
• Delegates to the medical student section of the American Medical Association
• Conference attendees, volunteers, and presenters

For ways to get involved with GLMA’s Health Professionals in Training Committee, click HERE.


Upcoming Events

Healthcare Based Civic Engagement: An Equity Imperative

September 14, 2022, 8:00 EDT | 5:00 PM PDT

GLMA HPiT invites you to join us to learn about civic engagement in healthcare. We are lucky to hear from Carl Lawrence, MD, MPP a resident physician in pediatric medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City! Register here!


Recent Events

For a taste of the events organized by GLMA's HPiT Committee in 2022 for students, trainees, and more...

Self-Love, Self-Touch: Mindful Movement and Dance

In this 1.5 hour workshop, GLMA HPiT Fellow Elizabeth Grace Wong will guide you through mindfulness, journaling, and movement exercises that nurture a loving connection with your body. Elizabeth invites you to consider different body narratives you have grown up with and practice body-neutral and body-positive ways to relate to yourself. The hope is to provide space to attend and rediscover the contours of your body that's structured, yet self-paced. Dance is one way for participants to relate to their physical selves in ways that can affirm their strength, resilience, creativity, beauty, sensuality, and expression in a supportive environment. Please dress in a way where you feel your freest to move with pleasure. 

Health Professional in Training Talk: LGBTQ+ Health Policy and Advocacy

Health professional students and trainees are invited to the next GLMA Health Professionals in Training talk! Join GLMA President Nicholas Grant, PhD, ABPP and Board Member Jesse Joad, MD, MS on July 9 at 2:00 PM ET to learn about ongoing LGBTQ+ health policy work and what you can do as a trainee to speak out and advocate for change! Click here to register for this Zoom event.

GLMA HPiT Presents: An Introduction to Asexual Identity

Dive into an introduction to asexual identity from GLMA Board member and HPiT Co-Chair Jared Boot, MA, MBA, CST, Master’s Limited License Psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Member of WPATH. To register for the virtual event cohosted with AASECT, please click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. An application for 1 CE Credit from AASECT has been submitted.

GLMA HPiT Presents: Getting Involved in Research Panel 

GLMA Health Professionals in Training invites all health professional trainees who want to learn more about finding LGBTQ+ research projects and mentors to hear from past Lesbian Health Fund grant recipient Jessica Fish, PhD, and Margaret Manges, MEd, PhD Candidate at a virtual panel discussion on April 24, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT. Jessica Fish's research aims to identify modifiable factors that contribute to LGBTQ-related health disparities to inform developmentally sensitive policies, programs, and prevention strategies. Margaret Manges has conducted projects focused on child sexual abuse prevention and intervention, bullying and sexual harassment prevention, LGBTQ+ substance use and suicide risk, and LGBTQ+ identity development. Click here to join the meeting on April 24.

GLMA HPiT Presents: Heart2Heart

GLMA HPiT invites you to Heart2Heart on May 9, 5 PM MDT/ 7pm EDT. Heart2Heart (H2H) is a one-session theoretically-grounded intervention developed by people of color for people of color. H2H provides validation and support to BIPOC who have experienced discrimination. In this workshop, we will build a community of support as participants learn about microaggressions (Sue et al., 2007), micro-interventions (Sue et al., 2019), and build a Wellness Toolbox together. The session will end with a mindfulness exercise, the Loving Kindness Meditation for Oppressive Experiences, which will be available to participants after the workshop. Register at: www.tinyurl.com/GLMA-H2H.

GLMA HPiT Presents: An Introduction to Prescribing Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy

The GLMA HPiT Committee invites you to a webinar with Michelle Cordoba Kissee, MD (she/her/hers), an endocrinologist and HRT provider at DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas. The event is open to health profession students, health professionals in training, and everyone who wants to learn more about prescribing gender affirming hormone therapy! The event will take place via Zoom on March 22 at 8 PM EDT. Register today at www.tinyurl.com/prescribehrt.

Meet the 2021-2022 GLMA Health Professional in Training (HPiT) Committee Co-Chairs

The HPiT Co-Chairs serve on the GLMA Board of Directors and run the Health Professionals in Training Committee. They plan and oversee all trainee initiatives, including the Curricular Reform Committee, the GLMA Fellows, and the GLMA Delegates to the AMA MSS. They also develop programming for trainees at the GLMA Annual Conference.

Photo of Jared Boot Jared Boot
West Bloomfield, MI

Jared Boot is a third-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Michigan School of Psychology and a second-year student in the LGBT Health Policy and Practice graduate certificate program at George Washington University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 2013 and his Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago in 2016. During Jared's doctoral and certificate studies, he has attained certified membership within the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). He is also the outgoing WPATH student board representative and outgoing chair of the WPATH Student Initiative. Jared seeks to bring a humanistic element to the healthcare and treatment of LGBTQIA+ patients; he was awarded the Jill Benton Scholarship for Humanistic Psychology in 2018 and is currently the Senior Student Representative for the Society for Humanistic Psychology. Jared's research interests focus on intersectional identities within the LGBTQIA+ community and cultural safety training for clinicians. He was recently awarded funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan to focus on a study aimed at developing cultural safety training for rural mental health professionals in Michigan who treat transgender and gender diverse patients.
Photo of Allison Rhodes Allison Rhodes
Somerville, MA

Allison Rhodes is an MD/MPH candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine, Class of 2022. At Tufts, Allison served as Co-President of the Biomedical Queer Alliance, Tufts’ LGBTQ student affinity group. During the summer of 2018 she was a Tisch Summer Fellow working at Fenway Health to develop a Behavioral Health patient satisfaction survey. In 2018-2019, she served on the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section Committee on LGBTQI+ Issues. Last year, Allison worked to further curricular health reform as Chair of the GLMA Health Professionals in Training’s Curricular Reform Committee. Allison currently serves as Medical Student Committee Chair of the AGLP: The Association of LGBT Psychiatrists. She is currently working on qualitative public health research to evaluate experiences with HPV vaccination among trans and gender-diverse individuals. Allison received a BA in Biology (Biochemistry track) and Anthropology (Global Health and Environment track) from Washington University in St. Louis.


Meet the 2022 Fellows

Fellows engage Health Professionals in Training (HPiT) members in building community with one another through networking opportunities, social events, skill-building sessions, and social media engagement throughout the year.

Photo of Jared Boot Mollie Marr

Mollie Marr, PhD, is a seventh-year MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University, Class of 2023. Her PhD was in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, and her dissertation work examined the role of stress during pregnancy as a potential mechanism for the intergenerational transmission of childhood maltreatment. She is the Co-Director of the Medical Student Pride Alliance Committee on Research & Analytics and Student Chair of the American Medical Women’s Association LGBTQIA+ Subcommittee. Mollie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Headshot of Isha Mittal Isha Mittal

Isha Mittal is a third-year medical student At the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). They earned their Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Texas in 2016 and their Master of Public Health from Columbia University in 2018. They currently serve as the President of UTRGV’s Medical Student Pride Alliance Chapter and created the school’s first ever LGBTQ Conference. Isha is passionate about building an inclusive healthcare system that supports LGBTQ patients and providers alike. They have spoken on a variety of topics including Using Gender Pronouns in Health Care, Providing Gender Affirming Medicine with the Endocrine Society, and Mental Health and the TGNC Community. In their free time, Isha enjoys co-creating education content for the TikTok channel GenderDefenders and cooking for their friends.
Elizabeth Grace Wong headshot Elizabeth Grace Wong

Elizabeth Grace Wong is a third year PhD student in Utah State University & Combined Clinical/Counselling Psychology Program, supervised by Dr. Renee V. Galliher. She is interested in identity development and multicultural psychology, and particularly, how
spiritual/religious LGBTQ+ BIPOC individuals experience a positive sense of self in the everyday. She is one of the founding members of the Graduate Students of Colour Association and a Fellow for the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies & Research at USU. Elizabeth pursued her HBSc in Psychology and MA in Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is 1.5 generation Chinese-Canadian, and lived in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Basel, and Toronto, before coming to Logan. Resilience, healing, embodiedness, and love are very core to what she cares about.


Meet the 2021-2022 Curricular Reform Committee Co-Chairs

The Curricular Reform Committee (CRC) Co-Chairs oversee the CRC, a committee of trainees from diverse health professional fields and backgrounds who work together to make health professional curricula more inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals and topics. Committee work has included: compiling and organizing existing curricular reform resources; developing a toolkit for trainee-advocates who may deal with pushback from administration and faculty; developing an interdisciplinary workshop for trainees; and evaluating LGBTQ-related accreditation requirements for different health professions.

Photo of Laurel Hiatt Laurel Hiatt

Laurel Hiatt is an MD/PhD student at the University of Utah, currently working toward a PhD in Human Genetics. They earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Georgia, where they designed and taught LGBT-inclusive health curriculum through the Augusta/UGA Medical Partnership. They have presented their research on trans health outcomes in university settings at the local, state, and national level, and were honored to be involved with an entirely trans-authored paper this past year regarding best practices in transgender health data collection. Beyond Laurel’s interest in how sex and gender are taught, collected as data points, and considered in the context of healthcare engagement, he is an accomplished dog parent and plays a lot of tabletop RPGs. 
Photo of L. Gabriel Iannotte L. Gabriel Iannotte

L. Gabriel Iannotte is passionate about reducing health disparities for marginalized patient groups including LGBTIQA+ people, immigrants, people living with addiction, and rural communities. They currently attend The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill where they are the 2025 Class President and the Club Chair of the Medical Student Pride Alliance chapter. Prior to medical school, L. Gabriel lived in Philadelphia and worked at The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at The University of Pennsylvania as a Clinical Research Coordinator. They also worked as a non-binary transgender standardized patient at The Perelman School of Medicine and volunteered as a transgender patient advocate in the Philadelphia community. Additionally, they are involved with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Gender and Sexuality Development Program’s research interest group. Coming from a patient advocacy background with experience training medical professionals, L. Gabriel is dedicated to LGBTIQA+ health curriculum reform.


Meet the 2022 GLMA Delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA) Medical Student Section (MSS)

The GLMA MSS delegates advocate for LGBTQ equity-focused policies in coordination with the GLMA physician delegates in the AMA House of Delegates. Delegates are voting members in the AMA MSS and serve as subject experts on LGBTQ policy, respondents in the Virtual Reference Committee during resolution development, and testifiers for resolutions at conferences.

Photo of Radhika Patel Radhika Patel

Radhika Patel is a first-year medical student at Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her BA in Psychology from Rice University. At SHSUCOM, she serves as the AMA/TMA President, co-founded a Women in Medicine group, and is a member of Med Haven, the local chapter of Medical Student Pride Alliance. She is currently working with administrators and faculty to integrate a more comprehensive, longitudinal LGTBQ+ health curriculum and is researching the efficacy of such a curriculum on improving student knowledge and comfort during their rotation years. As a GLMA delegate, she hopes to advocate for LGBTQ+ health policies that will ultimately allow for a more inclusive and equitable healthcare environment for both patients and physicians.
Photo of Jocelyn Wensel Jocelyn Wensel

Jocelyn Wensel is a first year medical student at the International University of Health Sciences. She earned her Bachelors' degree in Biology at Claremont McKenna College and her Masters in Medical Science at Heritage University. She is passionate about research and was a committee leader for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association Research Task Force, is a WWAMI AHEC Scholar, and an editor for The New Physician. She is also the co-chair for the Lane County, OR chapter of the NAACP's Health Committee and is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion. She demonstrates this passion through her involvement with the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) DEI Subcommittee and through her role as a GLMA delegate, she plans to increase awareness of intersectionality in the LBGTQ+ medical student and physician communities, advocating for neurodivergent students, ethnic/cultural minority students and students who are currently underrepresented in academic and clinical medicine. 




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