Doctor, Can I Trust You?


Original Presentation Date: 9/26/2019

Facilitator Lesson Plan

The Doctor, Can I Trust You? teaching kit contains all you need to host your own team-based active-learning event featuring work by Katy Kropf, DO, Family Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic medicine in Athens, Ohio.

How many doctor visits does it take for a patient to tell you that they are gay, queer, or trans? The first visit? Never? The answer may be never if the person fears they will be rejected or not affirmed.

Many societal factors contribute to the health disparities experienced by LGBTQIA* patients living in rural areas. Physicians may not be able to address directly all of these factors, but we can reflect on our own implicit biases, make our practices welcoming and affirming to LGBTQIA patients, and be advocates for Sexual minorities in our communities.

*LGBTQIA = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual.

NOTE: Having a family physician present for the in-session activity will enhance the learning experience for your group.

If you have questions about how to use or to adapt this teaching kit to your setting, contact us to schedule a phone call. We are happy to go over the details. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • List factors that affect the health outcomes of people who are LGBTQIA living in rural areas
  • Describe several actions you can take to make your practice more inclusive to LGBTQIA patients
  • Reflect on personal implicit bias about LGBTQIA populations
Katy Kropf, DO

Katy Kropf, DO
Family Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


Before your session
  1. Recruit your teams. Ideally, 4 teams of 3-5 participants.
  2. Schedule a room that can accommodate all your participants and AV to play the presentation.
  3. Distribute the Pre-Session link
  4. Download the Presentation Slide Deck.
  5. Review the Slide Deck. Be sure to look at the presenter notes.
During your session
  1. Arrange your participants into teams within the room.
  2. Facilitate your session by following the prompts in the presenter notes of the Slide Deck.
  3. Facilitate general discussion with the full group. Go over any lingering thoughts.
  4. Evaluate the materials on your experience.
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