Transgender Health: Patients & Providers
This series connects providers to patients’ need for both competent and compassionate medical understanding of transgender bodies and transgender health. It is co-curated by trans and nonbinary expert Micah and transgender health educator and patient advocate Charlie Blotner.
Nearly one fifth of transgender patients delay health care because of fear of discrimination [2015 US Trans Survey]. With a community hesitant to interact with the medical system, we want more providers to demonstrate not only competence, but excellence in transgender health.
With only a median reported time of 5 hours dedicated to teaching LGBT-related content over the course of the entire curriculum, and a third of programs reportedly spending zero hours on LGBT health-related content during clinical training, both patients and providers benefit from the extra education and interaction.
To bridge the gap between patient and provider, we created the Transgender Health: Patients & Providers series. It brings together both patients and providers as experts of their experience, inviting us all to learn about each other’s real needs while we wait for the medical literature and best practices to catch up.
Guest articles are written by an assortment of international medical providers, representing the fields of psychology, endocrinology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, social work, nursing, and research; each contributor’s varying expertise and perspective pushes the trans health community to reexamine best practices, policies, legislation, and standards of care around the world.
This series relies on your voices to participate.
You are welcome to suggest special topics, ask a burning question, or introduce us to health professionals who would make engaging guest authors. If you’re a provider or a patient and wish to contribute, let us know!
We sincerely hope that you –our readers– will engage in the comments.
- Expect Excellence, by Dr Kim Acquaviva
- Binders of Our Own, by Allie Schmiesing
- Identity and Obligation to Ethics, by Mere Abrams
- The Trans Buddy Program, by E. Kale Edmiston
- Redefining the Patient-Doctor Relationship, by Dr Scott Mosser
- Both Sides of the Coin, by Keaton Marsh
- GenderCare in the UK, by Dr Stuart Lorimer
Enjoying the series?
If you would like to support Charlie and Micah’s efforts to reach out, chase, plead, and stalk potential contributors; edit, curate, collate, publish, disseminate the articles; sparkle, shine, glitter, and advocate for better trans health care, you can join the Gender Warriors on Patreon.