The Offices of Inclusion and Diversity and Student Inclusion and Diversity have collaborated with Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Safe Zone in Medicine team, a student group, to cultivate an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) community at Wake Forest Baptist Health and within the surrounding community.
The Safe Zone in Medicine training helps individuals deepen their understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and healthcare-related issues. They build confidence in caring for patients, mentoring students and communicating with colleagues from the LGBTQ+ community, while fostering reflection on topics such as inclusion, discrimination and heteronormative privilege.
Safe Zone in Medicine training consists of an introductory workshop which provides an overview of LGBTQ+ terminology, health disparities and issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. A three-night deeper dive training is also offered. Topics include but are not limited to taking care of transgender patients, intersex health and the coming out process. A rainbow caduceus is given upon completion of this training.
The following Wake Forest Baptist Health providers have completed the Safe Zone in Medicine training:
Obstetrics and Gynecology
ENT and Speech Pathology
- Janel Darcy Hunter, MD (pediatric endocrinology)
- Kimberly Montez, MD, MPH
- Sarah A. W. Northrop, MD
- Elizabeth T. Walsh, MD (pediatric endocrinology)
Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Please email the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, if you are interested in learning more about the Safe Zone in Medicine training.