N.Y. medical school OKs gay group

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 7, 2005

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New York Medical College, which removed a gay medical student group from campus in 2004, recently approved another organization supported by the gay community.

A spokeswoman for the Catholic institution said the group, People of Every Orientation Protecting Liberty and Equality in Medicine, met new policies established this year for student organizations and clubs.

These policies include that students must demonstrate that their mission and activities are consistent with Roman Catholic moral tradition, must be open to all students and must have at least 12 members. Approved groups have access to the campus e-mail system and may use campus facilities for their meetings, as well as seek funding through the student government.

In 2004 the school denied approval of the group Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender People in Medicine, a move that drew criticism from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Assn., among others.

The goal of PEOPLE in Medicine is to improve the health care delivery to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patient populations. The group said it has 65 members.

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