Exploring ways that the doctor – patient relationship with LGBTQ population can be more comfortable and inclusive. Dr. Dana Stachowiak PhD gives ample ideas and stories of doctor offices doing it right and wrong. We touch on intentions, Christianity and unknown biases we may carry.
Dr. Dana Stachowiak PhD went to Western Michigan, Winthrop University for her masters and PHD from UNC Greensboro in Cultural Studies and Education. Dr. Stachowiak has worked at University of Louisiana- Lafayette in Diversity Multicultural Education and is now at University of North Carolina- Wilmington. Her primary focus is social and cultural issues and trends in education.
We begin with a story of her being out right fired for being in the LQBGT (before she came out) and how that propelled her to pursue a PhD. We relate that to how this happened ten years prior to people and fast-forward ten years and it’s still happening. A couple stories early on in the episode really drives the point home of, Am I going to be in a safe place or am I going to be discriminated against, as real valid concerns that most LQBGT ask themselves everyday.
What can doctors do to make LQBGT persons feel uncomfortable or comfortable in the office?
Resilient and Intuitive are two words she uses describe herself and sometimes it’s that gut instinct when meeting new people where you can tell if someone is trying to be inclusive or is more uncomfortable and dismissive and ready for you to leave. Dr. Stachowiak elaborates more on these attributes.
How important it is for Doctors to check your own biases about the LQBGT population, and why would you want to?
Anything off limits?
What can we include/exclude from even our own paperwork (we discuss at least 3) and intake forms that could allow for more inclusion in your office? The answers and ways to implement might be surprising to some.
When it comes to gender vs biology what ways can doctors ask questions and address names that are more comfortable and respectful for LQBGT persons.
How do we pick to use the him/her/them pronouns? We all make mistakes and if someone prefers Them vs She but what your intention is can really make a difference to how they take that mistake. In other words, if your trying vs not can be seen, and it matters.
Doctors tend to pick up on how a patient describes things: I see, I hear, I feel. Is it any different to pick up on how a person wants to be called?
Look at your office walls and posters. Are they all white people? Do you have a mix of colors as well as LQBGT persons or health concerns that might be more of concern for non-whites and straight people?
Anything they want to discuss with their doctor that is generally ignored because the doctor is shy or nervous or afraid to be judged?
Knowing that some people can Pass as straight but aren’t and others Look not straight, what are ways to check your bias and not make someone feel self-conscious and not welcome?
How do you see discriminatory practices?
Dr. Dana makes a comment, wait I’m nice to hang out with and I’m gay… why couldn’t it be I’m just fun to be around… not In Spite Of but with no modifiers at all.
Reasons to escape your Echo Chamber.
We even discuss being Christian and gay and how complicated interactions can be with those who love everything about you- except in that one area.
Tips for long distance relationship and the importance of having your own friends.
Book: Comfort with Uncertainty, it merges Christianity and Buddhism into chunks you can meditate on each day.
Music: Michael Franti
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Show notes can be found at www.adoctorsperspective.net/87 here you can also find links to things mentioned.