Background: LGBTQ Cultural Competency concepts in academic dental training programs has slowly garnered more interest, but is still far behind medical school and other training programs. After a local incident on campus where a transgender patient at the dental clinic was harassed by both a staff member and student the librarian was approached by a concerned faculty member to develop a training to improve student awareness of LGBTQ topics and issues, especially as they pertain to receiving clinical care.
Methods: The training was integrated into a Behavioral Dentistry course. In order to maximize in-class time for discussion it was decided we would create an online, asynchronous tutorial. The tutorial built on workshops coordinated by another librarian at USC and gathered additional information from other resources, including the Human Rights Campaign, the Safe Zone Project, and Lambda Legal. The tutorial had a built in pre- and post-test to gauge student improvement. The tutorial was built in Qualtrics and embedded text, video, links to resources, case scenarios, and short quizzes throughout. The tutorial was distributed via the Blackboard learning management system. Results In Fall 2019 118 out of 144 students completed the tutorial. Although there was improvement between the pre and post test scores, the results were not statistically significant.
Conclusions: Without requiring responses to answers and failing to collect any kind of information to hold students accountable we found students did not engage fully in the tutorial. The pre and post test questions did not yield meaningful outcomes.
Discussion: Assumptions have been made the the students are already familiar with these concepts and that it is staff and faculty who would benefit most from this training. In fact it is now being adapted for that audience. The training has been modified to require responses and collect student information for accountability purposes only, responses are deidentified. Participation has already improved.