While studying in South Alabama, I was not exposed to a significant amount of LGBT medicine. But I did learn the importance of patients being able to find a comfortable medical home despite any cultural barrier. Continuity of care with primary care is such an important aspect of the health of a whole person. During my training I saw that the more comfortable a patient was in their heath care environment, the more likely they were to follow up on chronic conditions and address new medical issues or concerns. The LGBT community can have particular difficulties finding a place to have frank discussion about healthcare issues.
As a primary care provider, my goal is to foster a comfortable, calm environment to build a long lasting relationship with patients. I have been very fortunate to have had many of my patients in my care for over 5 years. Difficult or uncomfortable conversations can be much easier with a solid patient-provider relationship. I have managed conditions across a wide spectrum – from HIV management to HIV prevention to routine physical exams and acute care.