Q-Med: Building LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care

Conference Details

Dates: March 30-31, 2019

Sponsored by The Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs at Yale School of Medicine

The Q-Med: Building LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care conference aims to engage and inspire future LGBTQI+ leaders in health care in the areas of research, clinical care, education, and policy/advocacy. It will feature keynote speakers, posters, interactive workshops with practical tools and strategies designed to address the unique challenges facing LGBTQI+ leaders.

Current health professional students (e.g., medical, nursing, physician assistant, podiatry, dentistry, clinical psychology, biomedical research, social work, and public health students) and university undergraduate students with an interest in health care as a profession are invited to attend. Though the content of the conference will be geared toward students, others with an interest in working with students to develop LGBTQI+ leaders in health care (e.g., residents, advanced trainees, and faculty) are invited to participate.

Registration for this conference is free.

Zena Sharman, PhD photo by Sarah Race

Photo Credit: Sarah Race

Keynote Speaker: Zena Sharman, PhD

Zena Sharman, PhD, is a femme force of nature and a passionate advocate for queer and trans health. She edited the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology, The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) and co-edited the Lambda-award nominated anthology Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011). Sharman is a writer, speaker, health advocate, and strategist with over 10 years of experience in progressively senior leadership roles at health research funding agencies. She currently serves as the director of strategy at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. From 2008 to 2015, she was assistant director of Canada's national gender and health research funding institute.

Sharman co-chairs the board of the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a holistic health center for transgender and gender-diverse communities in Vancouver, Canada, and is a former board member of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health. She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia, where her research focused on gender and care work in the health system. Sharman's resume also includes party thrower, cabaret host, go-go dancer for a queer punk band, campus radio DJ, and elementary school public speaking champion.

Read more about Dr. Sharman's work on her website.

New information about the event details will be posted here. Check this page periodically for more information or contact LGBTQIaffairs@yale.edu for more information.

Traveling to Q-Med


The Q-Med conference will be held at the Anlyan Center (TAC), 300 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06519 on March 30-31, 2019.

If you are traveling by plane, airports within close proximity to New Haven include:

Airport Name Description & Location Promixity
Bradley International Airport An International Airport located just outside of Hartford 1 hour drive to New Haven
Tweed New Haven Airport A small airport located in New Haven with limited flights 10 min drive to downtown New Haven
John F. Kennedy Airport An international airport located in New York 1.5 hour drive to New Haven
LaGuardia Airport An airport operating out of New York 1.5 hour drive to New Haven

A number of shuttle companies provide service from the airports to New Haven. Some transportation options include Connecticut Limo and GO Airport Shuttle Connecticut.

Accommodations for Q-Med

Q-Med has coordinated with the New Haven Hotel to make rooms available at a reduced rate for conference attendees. The New Haven Hotel is the closest hotel to the Yale School of Medicine campus and the Anlyan Center (0.4 miles; less than 10 min walk). It is located in downtown New Haven with easy access to other activities (Yale Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University campus, many restaurants and bars).

For any questions regarding traveling to or staying in New Haven, please email maddison.capobianco@yale.edu.

Q-Med Agenda

Saturday, March 30th (7:30am -­‐ 3pm)

  • Registration and Breakfast
    • (7:30-8:30am)
  • Welcome and Introduction
    • Andrea Barbieri, John Encandela, Co-­‐chairs, Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) for LBGTQI+ Affairs, Yale School of Medicine
    • (8:45am, 10 min)
  • History of LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care
    • Naomi Rogers, Professor of the History of Medicine, History, Yale University
    • (9am, 35 min)
  • Defining LGBTQI+ Leadership
    • Darin Latimore, Deputy Dean for Diversity, Yale School of Medicine
    • (9:40am, 35 min)
  • Keynote Speaker
    • Zena Sharman, Editor of The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care
    • (10:30am, 45 min)
  • Lunch
    • (11:15 – 12:45am)
      • Zena Sharman book signing (11:30am)
      • Poster presentations (12:00pm–12:30pm)
  • Panel Discussion: Questions for LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care
    • Chaired by Robert Krause, Lecturer, Yale School of Nursing
    • (12:45pm, 1 hour)
  • How to be Out While Applying
    • Stephen Huot, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Yale School of Medicine
    • (1:55pm, 1 hour)

Saturday Evening Event (5--7pm)

Located in Downtown New Haven in collaboration with the New Haven Pride Center; entertainment provided!

Sunday, March 31st - (7:30am -‐ 3:00pm)

  • Breakfast
    • (7:30-8:15am)
  • Why should LGBTQ leadership be concerned about state violence in LGBTQ communities of color?
    • Ronica Mukerjee, Clinical Lecturer, Yale School of Nursing
    • (8:30am, 35 min)
  • How Health Care Leaders Interface with Government
    • Kali Cyrus, U.S. Congress Health Policy Fellow
    • (9:10am, 35 min)
  • Workshops: (Session #1: 10-­‐11:30am; Session #2: 12:30-­‐2pm)
    • Dealing with Difficult Moments: Everyday Acts of Diversity and Inclusion
      • Jessica Halem, LGBT Program Director, Harvard Medical School
    • Art and Self-­‐Care
      • Tony Ferraiolo, Life Coach and Author of Artistic Expressions for Transgender Youth
    • What a Journalist Can Teach You About Communicating Better
      • Michael Nedelman, CNN Producer
    • Student Leadership and Curriculum Building
      • John Encandela, Associate Director for Curriculum and Educator Assessment, Teaching and Learning Center, Yale School of Medicine
      • Michael Solotke, Yale Medical Student, Co-Chair Dean’s Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs
    • Imposter Syndrome
      • Nicole Sitkin Zelin, Resident in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Medicine
    • Transgender Health Care
      • Christopher Wolf-Gould, Director of Provider Training at Gender Wellness Center in upstate New York
      • Deborah Bershel, Family Medicine Physician
    • Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Bystander Training with a Focus on Sexual and Gender Minorities in Medicine
      • Nensi Ruzgar, Yale Medical Student, Member of Dean's Advisory Council and OutPatient group
      • Waleed Khan, Yale Medical Student, Member of Dean's Advisory Council and President of OutPatient group
      • Isaiah Thomas, Yale Medical Student, Member of Dean's Advisory Council and President of OutPatient group
  • Health Care Leaders in Law and Policy
    • Katherine Kraschel, Research Scholar and Clinical Lecturer, Yale Law School
    • (2:10pm, 35 min)
  • Closing
    • (2:40pm-3:00pm)

*Lunch and other breaks will provide opportunities to view the transgender youth art exhibit and posters.

Registration for Q-Med is Closed!

Registration for Q-Med is closed. If you signed up for the wait list, we will contact you soon to let you know if there is a spot available. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the conference.

For any questions regarding your registration status, please contact john.encandela@yale.edu or andrea.barbieri@yale.edu.

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