Disrupting Implicit Biases While Providing Healthcare to the LGBTQIA+ Community


There is no cost to participate. The estimated time to complete this course is 60 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


We all hold unconscious beliefs or implicit biases about various social identities. As we collectively work to improve race relations, address injustices, and equip ourselves to move closer toward an anti-racist society, implicit bias training is a tool that will empower us with the necessary skills, education, knowledge, and ability to contribute to understanding one another.


This presentation will include tips and advice on topics regarding sex, gender, and sexuality and how they impact our implicit biases when caring for LGBTQI+ patients. This presentation will focus on equipping future healthcare providers with awareness, education, and advice on communication and practices integral to providing welcoming and affirming care for patients identifying as LGBTQ+.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define key terminology relevant to LGBTQ+ healthcare.
  2. Discuss strategies to build rapport when providing affirmative and inclusive care for LGBTQ+ patients.
  3. Outline effective approaches for obtaining a medical/sexual history from LGBTQ+ patients. 


Katherine Imborek, MD

Clinical Professor, Vice Chair for Clinical Operations, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Co-Director UI Health Care Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clinic
Family Medicine Physician, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Training and Education

  • Certifications
    • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Degrees
    • MD, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
    • BA, Kinesiology and Sports Medicine, DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
  • Residencies
    • Family Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Clinical biography

Academic biography

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Recording date: April 4, 2024
Date of original release: April 5, 2024
Most recent review/update: April 5, 2024
Termination date: April 4, 2026

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Katherine Imborek, MD - Speaker
  • Helena Mica, MA, MS - Planning Committee Member
  • Rich Salas, PhD - Planning Committee Member
  • Julia Van Liew, PhD, Activity Director, and Planning Committee Member


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not a substitute for a healthcare provider's independent medical judgment regarding diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. The content of this educational offering does not reflect the views of Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON


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