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Building Trust & Equity in Internal Medicine: University of Maryland Medical School

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Jaime McClennen


In June 2021, the ABIM Foundation – in partnership with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – awarded a total of $287,500 to 32 projects to rebuild trust and address health care diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education and training.

Through one of the grants, Elizabeth Lamos, MD, FACP, and Rana Malek, MD, are working with Corizon Health, the health care provider for the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, to improve care for incarcerated transgender people. Through a multi-modality curriculum (including didactic instruction, a podcast, and online learning modules) at the University of Maryland Medical School, Dr. Lamos and Dr. Malek are increasing the number of providers with foundational transgender competent care knowledge and skills. The curriculum covers hormone care, health vulnerabilities, and transgender competent care.