Happy Pride, everyone! June is coming to an end and we’ve enjoyed celebrating all the diverse and beautiful people in our communities. In the spirit of Pride month, this Heartbeat explores what it’s like to be an LGBTQI physician. For those unaware, LGBTQI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), and intersex. Many people also add an A for asexual, or allies. Dr. Kara Toles and Dr. Nick Gorton graciously share their stories with us, as well as their advice for future doctors who may identify with any of the letters in the acronym. Dr. Gorton and Dr. Toles will also be joining us in an upcoming full episode that we are really excited about. Stay tuned!

Do you identify as LGBTQIA? We’d love to hear your story. Please send us your thoughts or experiences through our website,, or on social media, @empulsepodcast. We look forward to hearing from you!


Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Kara Toles, Assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis and Emergency Physician at UTMB Health. 

Dr. R. Nick Gorton, Emergency Physician at Sutter Davis, and Primary Care Physician at the Lyon-Martino Clinic in San Francisco. 


GLMA – Gay and Lesbian Medical Association – Ensuring equality in healthcare for LGBT individuals and healthcare professionals. 

It Gets Better Project

Lyon-Martin Health Services, San Francisco, CA. 


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Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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