LGBTQ in Medicine (LGBTQ)

Mission Statement

LGBTQ in Medicine serves as our campus’ connection to the LGBTQ community in Phoenix. With a focus on LGBTQ health and social issues, we seek to foster a welcoming, supportive environment for our students and offer education about the health issues and difficulties affecting LGBTQ individuals, their families, and communities. We are dedicated to keeping the student body informed about issues surrounding the LGBTQ community by hosting social events, guest speakers, patient panels, and connecting students with LGBTQ events and service opportunities throughout the Valley. LGBTQ in Medicine is open to all students interested in learning more about the LGBTQ community and does not exclude participation of any individual based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Club Leadership

Current MS1 Leaders:

Michelle Arnold | mmarnol1@email.arizona.edu

Allen Doan | doan@email.arizona.edu


MS2 Leaders:

Philip Maykowski |  pmaykowski@email.arizona.edu

Krichelle White | krwhite2@email.arizona.edu


MS3 Leaders:

Dylan Sabb | dmsabb@email.arizona.edu

Shanan Immel | srimmel@email.arizona.edu


MS4 Leaders:

Aishan Shi | ashi1@email.arizona.edu

Corey Edwards | ctedward@email.arizona.edu


Faculty Adviser

Dr. Evan Garofalo, Ph.D. | emgarofalo@email.arizona.edu


Resources for Supporting LGBTQ Medical Students and Patients

UCSF Center for Excellence in Transgender Health: http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/

AAMC DSD and LGBT Healthcare Initiatives: https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/diversity/portfolios/334326/lgbtinitiatives.html

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): http://www.glma.org/



Club Activities 2018

Phoenix Pride Anatomy and Sexual Education Booth 


Club Activities 2017

Transgender Provider Talk with Dr. Rebecca Allison, a well-known Cardiologist and transgender advocate. She spoke about caring for transgender patients, struggles of being a transgender provider, and offered a unique insight on medicine from an LGBTQ perspective.  

Intersex/DSD Conditions and Management Talk with Dr. Louisa Pyle, Medical Geneticist from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an attending in the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She gave an overview of presentations and genetics of various intersex conditions and cultural competencies in dealing with this unique patient population. 

Pediatric Transgender Care with Dr. Laurie Jones, a Pediatrician and breastfeeding expert at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. She reviewed new guideline changes, vocabulary, and a general pediatrician's role in pediatric transgender care. 

Coming Out Week Board





Club Activities 2016

Wednesday, November 15 - (Health Week) Lunch Talk with Dr. Thomas Eccles
Transgender Primary Care

10/10/16 - 10/15/16 - National Coming Out Day Board (10/11)

Tuesday, August 16 - Lunch Talk with Diane Bruessow
Transhealth Across the Lifespan - Part II

Friday, July 8 - Lunch Talk with Diane Bruessow

Wednesday, April 13 - Lunch Talk. with Dr. Beyda
Ethics Surrounding Pediatrics Gender Fluidity Discussions

Saturday, April 9 - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; Mesa Arts Centre


Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - Pride Week Board

Friday, March 25 - Med SafeZone