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To see our ever-evolving list of applications, including HPiT Co-Chair position and GLMA Annual Conference Scholarship, click here.

Trainees have been involved in the past in various ways, including:
• Committee leadership (learn more about current leadership below)
• Curricular Reform
• Social Media
• GLMA Ambassadors (see below!)
• Advocacy
• Delegates to the medical student section of the American Medical Association
• Conference attendees, volunteers, and presentations



Want to learn more about LGBTQ Health Advocacy or HPiT?
Speak with one of our HPiT Ambassadors

GLMA HPiT Co-Chairs are proud to announce
the first cohort of GLMA HPiT Ambassadors for 2020!

GLMA HPiT Ambassadors are here to help answer your questions about getting involved in LGBTQ Health at both the local and national level. Many are involved in research and LGBTQ health advocacy efforts in their respective organizations and communities.

Ambassadors are expecting an email - so don’t be shy about reaching out!


Lars Barr (they/them)
Education: NOLS Wilderness Medicine EMT

Lars is currently an Emergency Room Technician (EMT) at Children’s Hospital New Orleans (LCMC Health). In their current position, they teach continuing education on “LGBTQ+ 101 for Healthcare Providers”.  They have a BA in psychology from Connecticut College and have worked in the medical, mental health, legal, and social justice fields.  Some of their previous positions have included being a case manager for chronically homeless clients and a client advocate at Orleans Public Defenders (OPD). Throughout their work and volunteer history they have had a demonstrated commitment to transgender rights and LGBT+ education.

Email Lars!




Jared Boot (he/him)
Education: PsyD candidate, Michigan School of Psychology

Jared Boot is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Michigan School of Psychology in Farmington Hills, MI. There, he has been a long-standing member of the LGBT research forum studying queer identity congruence and its relation to intimacy and relationship satisfaction. One of Jared's other research interests is asexual identity development. Jared uses this research knowledge to offer cultural competency training to interdisciplinary teams of clinicians in his community. These training sessions help to build cultural competency for clinicians working with asexual patients locally. Through Jared’s professional home, the APA, he serves on the public policy committee of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (APA Division 44), where he advocates for national and state-level policy changes to improve the mental health of the LGBTQIA+ community. Also, because of the recent rise in stigma, Jared firmly believes it is crucial to stay abreast of the latest EBPs for transgender individuals, which is why he is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Jared has a passion for queer inclusion, diversity, and equity that provides an interdisciplinary benefit for those training to become clinicians who work with LGBTQIA+ patients.

Email Jared!


Emily Durbak (she/hers)

Education: MD/MPH candidate, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Emily is a current third-year MD/MPH student with interests in cardiovascular, reproductive, and LGBTQ health. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, she went to The Ohio State University for college, then came north to Cleveland for medical school. She first became involved with LGBTQ health when she interned for the Columbus Public Health LGBTQ Health Equity Initiative during undergrad, and since then she has been looking for ways to integrate her interest in gender & sexuality with her career. She has worked with her school's administration on various diversity and inclusion topics, has taken courses on LGBTQ health, and most recently completed a rotation in Transgender Community Medicine & Surgery. She also has an interest in clinical research and has published in Transgender Health, and next year will be pursuing a research thesis and working on her MPH. She eventually plans to do something surgical, but stay posted for which specialty

Email Emily!


Cory French (he/him)
Education: MD candidate, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Cory is a third-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM) interested in pursuing a career in Gynecologic Oncology. He is on the OUTmed LGBTQ+ Advisory Board for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and WUSM and served as co-president of the LGBTQmed student group during his second year of medical school. He worked as part of his incredible team to lobby for the consideration of SGM diversity in WUSM Office of Admissions and helped to design self-identification questions for their secondary application. His team also designed and implemented a new “Second Look” program which invites LGBTQ+ individuals to spend an additional day exploring the queer spaces of St. Louis. Cory contributed to the development of, and served as a TA for, a course for medical students interested in GSM healthcare, “Queer Theory: A Philosophical Approach to LGBTQ+ Health.” His current research work focuses on the experiences of queer people in academic medicine, particularly concerning the career achievement of SGM individuals and challenges of queer people of color in medical training. Cory is interested in ways to promote LGBTQ+ individuals in academia, teaching modes to develop competent care in medical curricula, and pelvic cancer screening for gender/sexual minorities

Email Corey!


Timothy Keyes (he/him, they/them)
Education: MD/PHD candidate, Stanford School of Medicine

Tim is an MD/PhD student at Stanford University and an aspiring clinical informatician, data scientist, and organizational diversity and inclusion strategist. As a scientist, Tim studies how machine learning and computational modeling can be applied to single-cell data analysis in pediatric leukemia. As an LGBTQ+ health advocate, he is primarily focused on strengthening the queer/trans physician workforce pipeline and facilitating organizational change towards inclusive and equitable practices in medical education.

During his MD/PhD training, Tim has received a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Cancer Institute, a Junior Leadership Award from the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) LGBT Workforce, and Stanford Medicine’s Integrated Strategic Plan Star Award in recognition of his scientific and advocacy work. He is also a co-Founder and Executive Board member of the Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA), a 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for LGBTQ-identifying medical students.

Email Timothy!
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Chiuying Cynthia Kuk (they/them)
Education: MD candidate, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

ChiuYing Cynthia Kuk is a medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM). Growing up in a conservative Christian family in Hong Kong, they are pleased and shocked to experience the (relative) freedom in the States. They are learning how to wield this newfound power to best benefit their LGBTQ family. Locally, Cynthia is on the executive board of the MSUCHM LGBTQIA+ group. Their focuses include (1) improving MSU curriculum to be more queer inclusive, (2) increasing peer knowledge and confidence in treating LGBTQ patients, (3) strengthening MSU’s tie with the local queer communities, and (4) resource sharing/connecting with queer groups at other medical schools. Nationally, they are a member of the American Medical Association Medical (AMA) Student Session LGBTQ standing committee. Their duties include reviewing and commenting on queer related resolutions and planning queer relevant education workshops at AMA conferences.

Email Cynthia!




Jay Lidtke (he/him)
Education: Oakland University, BSN 

Jay Lidtke is a nurse and researcher based out of Oakland University in Michigan. His research interests include eating disorders in the LGBTQ community as well as general health promotion methods for LGBTQ-identifying individuals. Outside of research, he works at the University of Michigan Hospital as a clinical nurse.

Email Jay!


Jake Perlson (he/him)
 MD/MPH candidate, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jake Perlson is a rising fourth-year medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, currently pursuing his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a former AIDS United AmeriCorps member and Albert Schweitzer fellow, during which he implemented a statewide HIV prevention awareness program in New Hampshire. He is currently pursuing his capstone work at the Fenway Institute studying stigma and shame as barriers to HIV self-care. Jake plans to apply into psychiatry residencies to support the mental health of sexual and gender minorities and people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Email Jake!




Jona Tanguay (he/him, they/them)
Eduation: MMSc Physician Associate candidate, Yale School of Medicine

Jona Tanguay is a Physician Associate student at Yale.  He is interested in pursuing primary care with a focus on providing HIV and gender affirming care. At Yale, Jona sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ affairs where he has worked on development and coordination of the “Q-Forward: Building LGBTQI+ Leaders in Healthcare” Conference as well as curriculum reform. He volunteers with APNH, the New Haven chapter of AIDS Project where he is involved in community organizing, event planning, and HIV prevention efforts. His research, teaching, and advocacy focuses on harm reduction in MSM chemsex users. He has conducted quality improvement in LGBTQ+ health curriculum, and is interested in the role of QI in improving LGBTQ+ primary care experiences. Prior to Yale, Jona worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he sat on the executive board of their LGBT+ Employee Resource Group.

Email Jona!

Meet the 2019-2020 HPiT Co-Chairs:


Kodiak Soled (she/her)


Hi there. I’m Kodiak Soled, a PhD candidate currently living in NYC with my wife and a dozen or so plant babies. I’m passionate about perinatal health in LBTQ childbearing individuals. I spend most of my time these days reading, writing, doing data science, or qualitatively exploring resilience and experiences of childbearing in queer, trans, and gender diverse folxs. When I’m not advocating for LGBTQ health equity, you can find me hanging out with my wife (aka my fav person in the world), cooking or eating delicious food (I used to be a personal chef), or researching a new trail to hike (I’m homesick for my Colorado mountains).

Get social with Kodiak:


Jimmy Ding (he/him)



Jimmy Ding is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. Before medical school, he went to the University of Texas at Austin and grew up in the Dallas, TX area. He’s passionate about improving healthcare systems for LGBTQ people, which he’s discovered through his work with The Trevor Project, Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health, AMSA and his school’s LGBTQ student group. He also spends a fair amount of his time playing video games, comparing/contrasting pop queen favs, and vigorously couponing.



Sam Dubin (he/him)



I’m an MD Candidate, Class of 2020, at NYU School of Medicine and I’m applying into Internal Medicine for residency.  At medical school I used to lead the LGBT+ People in Medicine student group. Now I’m honored to be on GLMA board as one of the co-chairs for the Health Professionals in Training. In June 2019 I will finish my second term as the Medical Student Section Liaison to the Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues to the Board of the American Medical Association, an exciting job where I’ve enjoyed helping turn LGBTQ+ policy into advocacy. I realized my passion for LGBTQ health advocacy in college, where I was an HIV/STI test counselor, worked with the local health departments LGBTQ Health Initiative, and assisted with PrEP outreach in central Ohio. I have a few ongoing research projects around sexual orientation and gender identity data collection. I’m a dog person, but coming to terms with the reality of having a cat. I love collecting old and new queer zines and comics and would really love to be an extra in a movie or TV show.



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