Sexual and Gender Minority Health in PA Curriculum 

The LBGT PA Caucus will be hosting a discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity in the PA curriculum on National Coming Out Day, October 11.

Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Content in PA Education
Sunday, October 11
, 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET (2:00-4:00 p.m. PT)

The discussion, geared toward students and educators with an interest in this topic as well as PA subject matter experts in SGM health, will be hosted by the LBGT PA Caucus, a recognized constituent organization of the AAPA founded in 1979. With the new Diversity and Inclusion Standard (A1.11) from ARC-PA, it is essential that faculty implement this content within the PA curriculum.

Speakers will include:

  • Paul Gonzales, PA-C, pronouns: he/him, is an assistant professor at Touro University California in Vallejo, California, and practices in urgent care medicine. A graduate of the UT Southwestern Medical Center PA program, he is author of The PA Rotation Exam Review and also serves as a director-at-large of the LBGT PA Caucus, as well as the chair of the education committee, and the liaison to the PAEA Sexual and Gender Minority Special Interest Group.
  • Deborah Dunn, MBA, PA-C, pronouns: she/her, is a transgender/GNB (gender non-binary) medicine specialist working with Chase Brexton Health Care in Columbia, Maryland. A PA graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, she received her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Deb was named PA of the Year by the Maryland Academy of PAs in May 2019.
  • Ashley Ruhomutally, PA-S, pronouns: she/her, is a PA student at Shenandoah University, Class of 2020. While earning her undergraduate degree in Public Health Science, she completed her capstone thesis on LGBT+ health disparities and their causes. Throughout her graduate education, she has collaborated with the director of diversity and inclusion at her university to create and deliver introductory lectures on SGM health for BSN and MSPAS students.
  • Victoria Ho, PA-S, pronouns: she/her, is a PA student at Sacred Heart University, Class of 2021, as well as a Student Leadership Fellow of the LBGT PA Caucus. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, where she was an advocate for the LGBT community through her role as a Residence Assistant for Social Justice Education. Following college, she was involved with the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity before starting PA school.
  • MacKenzie Dwyer, PA-C, pronouns: she/her, is a Behavioral Health Fellow through Denver Health in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with her MPAS in 2019. Her capstone project focused on primary care and preventative medication for transgender/GNB individuals.

Topics for the discussion will include:

  • Intro to SGM Definitions
  • SGM 101: in PA Education
  • SGM Students in PA Programs
  • SGM Health Disparities

Register here in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PA educators interested in SGM curriculum and climate can contact the PAEA SGM SIG. Details can be found in PAEA’s Professional Learning Community.

Contact: for more information.