CORRECTION: Harvard Is Not Training Medical Students To Treat 'Trans Infants'

CORRECTION: Harvard Is Not Training Medical Students To Treat 'Trans Infants'

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Harvard University Medical School was teaching students how to care for “trans infants.” According to a fact check by The Associated Press, “The Harvard class, an elective about health care for LGBTQ patients, discusses intersex infants in the context of their physical development. Intersex is an umbrella term that refers to people with naturally occurring differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy. The portion of the course that focuses on infants does not cover gender identity or sexual orientation and is one day in the month-long course.” We have updated our story and regret the error.

According to a report, Harvard Medical School is now offering a course called, “Caring for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Sex Development,” which seeks to teach soon-to-be medical experts to treat so-called “LGBTQIA+” individuals.

But, unlike previous reports, it does not include how to change the gender of newborn babies.

As detailed by the official description, the class focuses on patients who “identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA+).” Students will be learning how to apply “evidenced-based medicine.”

“Students will observe clinicians engaging in evidence-based medical care with the populations described above. In addition, the medical student will engage in clinical practice themselves while being directly supervised by faculty attendings and fellows, most of whom have a strong background and/or expertise in evidence-based medical practice,” says the course description.

“The educational framework for this elective is based on recommendations of the AAMC report entitled, ‘Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals who are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD: A Resource for Medical Educators,’ with primary learning goals adapted from the 30 competencies of the Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS) that the AAMC contextualized to ensure that trainees acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to provide sensitive and affirming care for the aforementioned populations,” it continues, before adding:

Clinical exposure and education will focus on serving gender and sexual minority people across the lifespan, from infants to older adults.

Since newborns and infants cannot yet speak, it’s wasn’t at all clear how it can determine what gender it chooses to be, which initially led to confusion on our part. That said, it should also be noted that, over the past half-decade at least, critics have said that science and medicine, in general, have steadily migrated away from “evidence-based” anything and into the realm of far-left ideology.


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