Meet Our Scholars
University of Minnesota Medical School
Novo Nordisk Point Scholarship
Kylie Blume is a student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she is pursuing her dream of being a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community through medicine. Driven by her own experiences with transphobia in medical settings, she is passionate about reforming medical education to welcome aspiring LGBTQ physicians and train all health care providers to be competent in caring for LGBTQ patients. Kylie grew as a leader through her efforts to challenge UC Davis Health to better care for its LGBTQ patients as community representative on the Vice Chancellor's LGBTQI Advisory Council and as a core planner of the UC Davis Improving OUTcomes Conference. Upon matriculating to UMN Medical School in 2016, she harnessed her passion and leadership skills to establish the first annual UMN MedED LGBTQIA+ Health Care Symposium. She is working to establish a free student-run trans hormone clinic, TRANSform Hormone Clinic. Kylie’s efforts are inspiring her peers to join her in improving the medical school’s capacity to train LGBTQ-sensitive and competent physicians. She is also collaborating with the administration to improve the school’s curricula and support of diverse students through her roles as Chief Diversity Officer on the Medical Student Council and President of Pride in Health Care. Kylie is engaged in national LGBTQ health advocacy through her board position on GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Health Equality, where she creates resources for health professional students nationally so that they can collaborate and contribute to deconstructing LGBTQ health inequities.