TRANSGENDER AND GENDER VARIANT HEALTHCARE: AN EMERGING NEED FOR BETTER EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOCUSED ON THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY
The purpose of this section is to explore and present ideas for the creation of programs focused on the healthcare of those who present with gender dysphoria, gender incongruence, gender variance, or identify as transgender. At the present time, there is a tremendous opportunity to mold and educate both the next generation of healthcare providers and current practicing medical professionals to view the needs of a growing transgender community with care and compassion.
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By all accounts, medical education in transgender health care in the United States is lacking. Medical students and practicing physicians report being underprepared to adequately address their patients’ gender and sexual health needs. Recent studies have shown little instruction in medical schools and little consensus around the type of material medical students should learn. To address and manage transgender health issues, medical students need improved education and training.
Research has shown that transgender patients and those who have gender related issues and who then need to educate or teach their doctors and providers about their needs are significantly more likely to postpone or not seek needed medical care.
“Systemic changes in provider education and training, along with health care system adaptations to ensure appropriate, safe, and respectful care, are necessary to close the knowledge and treatment gaps and prevent delayed care with its ensuing long-term health implications” (Jaffee KD1, Shires DA, Stroumsa D. Discrimination and Delayed Health Care Among Transgender Women and Men: Implications for Improving Medical Education and Health Care Delivery. Med Care. 2016 Nov;54(11):1010-1016.)
The time is right for creating new (and strengthening current) programs focused on Transgender* healthcare. We know that many of the barriers to treating this population arise due to providers who are uninformed, unfamiliar with, or have a personal bias against this community. We now have an opportunity to better educate our present and future medical care providers resulting in better healthcare and better outcomes for an important and growing population of patients.