Resilience Among Sexual and Gender Minority Healthcare Providers

"Resilience Among Sexual and Gender Minority Healthcare Providers"

Carl G Streed Jr MD
Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Harvard Medical School
Tosteson Medical Education Center
Room 209
260 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Lunch will be served.


Most studies of resilience, the ability to bounce back from adversity, have focused on youth and little is known about the unique settings in which LGBTQ+ healthcare providers must work. Because of well-documented experiences of microaggressions, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace, LGBTQ healthcare providers without resilience may be prone to burn-out and stress-related symptoms and illnesses. This session will briefly define resilience, review the research to date, and offer a social ecological model as a means of generating possible strategies to bolster resilience that go beyond putting all the responsibility on the individual. This model examines the influences on the individual from interpersonal interactions, community support, institutional factors, and broader societal/public policy factors. We will also discuss how individuals with multiple oppressed minority identifications face greater challenges in the workplace at all levels. The ultimate goal is to walk away with a broad-based, multi-level strategy for building resilience.

Carl G Streed Jr. is a fellow in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care. His research, clinical, and policy efforts focus on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities (e.g. LGBTQ). He has served as the American Medical Student Association LGBT Policy Coordinator, served on the board of GLMA, and chaired the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues. Carl’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of LGBT individuals and communities have earned him the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Award, the AMSA James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence, AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award, the Erickson-Zoellers Point Foundation Scholarship as well as recognition by the Obama White House. 

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm