Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: BNGAP

As the LGBT community finds strength in its collective voice to stand together. The community has also found the disparity of resources and services to address their specific needs and challenges. A small group of medical professionals is working to change the access the LGBT community has to medical professionals with whom they can work.

Building the Next Generation of Academic Physician (BNGAP) was started in 2008 and has taken on the task of researching the interest in academic medical careers for diverse populations. This group was made up of Hispanic Center of Excellence at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (HCOE-Einstein), the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). They found that over 60% of those participating in their research were interested in an academic medicine career and desired additional career guidance.

BNGAP’s vision is to help develop a diverse academic medicine workforce that will train medical students and residents to effectively address evolving health care needs and work towards health equity in the U.S. Since inception, BNGAP has concurrently developed, implemented and evaluated educational workshops to heighten diverse medical student and resident interest, participation and success along an academic medicine track. Through these activities BNGAP believes it has begun to create medical students and residents who are better prepared to pursue an academic medicine career, in terms of career awareness and planning, initiating a longitudinal academic medicine career plan over medical school and residency, teaching and research scholarship, and embracing leadership roles.

BNGAP hosts regional conferences which are OPEN TO ALL and are tailored to encourage trainees (medical students, residents, PhDs) who are underrepresented in medicine (women, LGBTQ, and racial and ethnic minorities) to consider academic medicine careers.

This year the BNGAP is hosting its 4th Annual LGBT Health Workforce Conference. This conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate and educational) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. This conference is designed for health professionals (M.D., D.O., P.A.-C., R.N., N.P., D.D., social workers, psychologists, etc.), educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate), all interested are invited to attend.

This year's conference hosts are

What prompted you to start BNGAP?
The academic medicine workforce, consists of the faculty and senior administrators, who develop the mission, objectives and activities of medical schools. More specifically they are responsible for the curriculum content, admissions, faculty promotion, and trainee success. They also help drive educational, research, and community service scholarship that is vital to addressing health disparities in diverse communities. Unfortunately, there is a lack of diversity in the academic medicine workforce - less than 7% are racial/ethnic minorities (i.e. African-American, Hispanic, American Indian), women are lacking in senior leadership positions, and there is a lack of data on what proportion of faculty are LGBTQ-identified.

The mission of BNGAP is to help diverse medical students and residents (ex. LGBTQ, racial and ethnic minorities, and women) become aware of academic medicine as a career option and to provide them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark on an academic medicine career. Through our efforts we hope to help diversify the academic medicine workforce.

What is the primary goal of BNGAP?
Our mission is to help diverse (eg. LGBTQ, women, and racial and ethnic minorities) medical students and residents become aware of academic medicine as a career option and to provide them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark on an academic medicine career.

Are there areas (geographical/socio-economic/ethnicity) that need more support to participate in academia more than others? What can be done to facilitate/bridge the gap?
In a survey of 252 LGBTQ-identified health professionals and trainees – “Facilitators of academic careers included engagement in scholarly activities, mentorship, LGBT-specific networking opportunities, personal desire to be visible, campus opportunities for involvement in LGBT activities, and campus climate inclusive of LGBT people. Barriers included poor recognition of LGBT scholarship, a paucity of concordant mentors or LGBT networking opportunities, and hostile or non-inclusive institutional climates.”

Sánchez N, Rankin S, Callahan E, Ng H, Holaday L, McIntosh K, Poll-Hunter N, Sánchez JP. LGBT Health Professionals Perspectives on Academic Careers – Facilitators and Challenges. LGBT Health. 2015 Dec;2(4):346-56.

How are you reaching the BNGAP audience and how may those interested get involved?
Register at and receive emails and invites to upcoming educational events.

Tell us about The 4TH Annual LGBT Health Workforce Conference.
This year’s conference theme is “New Frontiers and Inter-Professional Collaboration in LGBT Health.” We will focus our Friday sessions on inter-professional up-to-date clinical practices in the care of LGBT patients, including the latest research on PrEP utilization and health outcomes. On Saturday we will feature presentations on medical education initiatives and institutional climate initiatives to make our hospitals, clinics and graduate schools more inclusive of LGBT patients and staff. On Saturday evening we will feature a poster presentation highlighting research completed by nationally recognized researchers and trainees. Additionally, on April 28, we will host a career fair for diverse trainees where senior administrators will provide on-site lectures and workshops on applying to graduate school, participating in pipeline programs, and writing a CV and personal statement. In addition to representatives from the New York area, we are excited to feature national and international presenters from such places as California, Kentucky, Indiana, and the United Kingdom.

What message do you want readers to take with them about BNGAP?
We offer a variety of educational programs to help LGBTQ-identified health professionals and trainees develop the knowledge and skills to serve as the future leaders of academic medicine and work towards eliminating health disparities for LGBTQ individuals.

How might the nglccNY membership best support BNGAP?
Inform trainees and colleagues of educational opportunities offered by BNGAP to help them serve as a part of the academic workforce and improve LGBTQ health disparities;

Sponsor the Career Fair and help LGBTQ-identified college students reach their dream of entering a health-related graduate degree program

Advertise at the LGBT Health Workforce Conference and show your support for building a health care workforce responsive to the needs of the LGBT community

Advertise at the LGBT Health Workforce Conference and share how your organization is addressing the health care needs of the LGBT community.

Interview with Dr. Nelson, Sanchez, Vice President at BNGAP.

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Please join us at the April M3 as we feature BNGAP as this month’s NPO spotlight.

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

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