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“Continuing its efforts to improve health equity, the AMA today adopted policy aimed at ensuring medical students and residents have a better understanding of the health issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“[The] AMA today strengthened its existing policy promoting inclusive gender, sex and sexual orientation options in medical documentation for LGBTQ patients.”
“The medical community, including the AMA, recognizes a distinction between sex and gender and has called for legal protections for the gender non-conforming community.”

Oppose Mandatory DNA Collection of Migrants (H-65.955)

New HOD policy. Adopted, House of Delegates. Co-author.

Our AMA opposes the collection and storage of the DNA of refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented immigrants for nonviolent immigration-related crimes without non-coercive informed consent.

Eliminating Health Disparities – Promoting Awareness and Education of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Health Issues in Medical Education (H-295.878)

Amendment to existing HOD policy. Adopted, House of Delegates. Lead author.

Our AMA: (1) supports the right of medical students and residents to form groups and meet on-site to further their medical education or enhance patient care without regard to their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin or age; (2) supports students and residents who wish to conduct on-site educational seminars and workshops on health issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity; and (3) encourages medical education accreditation bodies to both continue to encourage and periodically reassess education on health issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the basic science, clinical care, and cultural competency curricula in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Promoting Inclusive Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation Options on Medical Documentation (H-315.967)

Amendment to existing HOD policy. Adopted, House of Delegates. Lead author and co-author.

Our AMA: (1) supports the voluntary inclusion of a patient's biological sex, current gender identity, sexual orientation, preferred gender pronoun(s), preferred name, and clinically relevant, sex specific anatomy in medical documentation and related forms, including in electronic health records, in a culturally-sensitive and voluntary manner; (2) will advocate for collection of patient data in medical documentation and in medical research studies, according to current best practices, that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and other sexual and gender minority traits for the purposes of research into patient and population health; (3) will research the problems related to the handling of sex and gender within health information technology (HIT) products and how to best work with vendors so their HIT products treat patients equally and appropriately, regardless of sexual or gender identity; (4) will investigate the use of personal health records to reduce physician burden in maintaining accurate patient information instead of having to query each patient regarding sexual orientation and gender identity at each encounter; and (5) will advocate for the incorporation of recommended best practices into electronic health records and other HIT products at no additional cost to physicians.

2019 MSS Interim Reference Committee Report

Haidn Foster, Amber Gautam, Kate Hoffman, Pauline Huynh, Raj Kumar, Daniel Lee, Tristan Mackey, Matt Scott, and Brianna Sohl

Opposing Mandated Reporting of People Who Question Their Gender Identity (H-65.959)

New HOD policy. Adopted, House of Delegates. Co-author.

Our AMA opposes mandated reporting of individuals who question or express interest in exploring their gender identity.

2019 MSS Annual Reference Committee Report

Usman Aslam, Jennings Dooley, Haidn Foster, Pauline Huynh, Raj Kumar, Tristan Mackey, Lindsay Murphy, and Danny Vazquez

2019 House of Delegates Report of Resolutions Committee 2

Brian Bachelder, Marla Haller, Haidn Foster, David Griffith, Mary LaPlante, Suman Mishr, Suzanne Sampang, Charles Smith, and William Sternfeld

Affirming the Medical Spectrum of Gender (H-65.962)

New HOD policy. Adopted, House of Delegates. Co-author.

Our AMA opposes any efforts to deny an individual’s right to determine their stated sex marker or gender identity.

Medical Spectrum of Gender (D-295.312)

Amendment to existing HOD policy. Adopted, House of Delegates. Co-author.

Given the medical spectrum of gender identity and sex, our AMA: (1) will work with appropriate medical organizations and community based organizations to inform and educate the medical community and the public on the medical spectrum of gender identity; (2) will educate state and federal policymakers and legislators on and advocate for policies addressing the medical spectrum of gender identity to ensure access to quality health care; and (3) affirms that an individual’s genotypic sex, phenotypic sex, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity are not always aligned or indicative of the other, and that gender for many individuals may differ from the sex assigned at birth.

2018 MSS Interim Reference Committee Report

Lauren Benning, Ankita Brahmaroutu, Lauren Engel, Haidn Foster, Moudi Hubeishy, Krishna Kinariwala, and Stephanie Strohbeen