This summer the University of Louisville School of Medicine launched a pilot that will help improve health professions students' competency in caring for LGBT patients. This post originally appeared on STFM's blog and appears here courtesy of the authors.
By Eli Pendleton, MD; Susan Sawning, MSSW; and Stacie Steinbock, MEd
My male-to-female transgender patient is in her mid-50s. She has a well-established relationship with a sex therapist, who has written a thorough letter of explanation and support. Her wife is engaged and supports her decisions. The patient comes to me hoping to begin her hormonal transition.
Why me? I’m not an expert endocrinologist, nor do I have formal training in transgender health. However, I do have two qualities that are important to her—I’m affirming and willing. She saw an endocrinologist about the issue, but they tried to talk her out of transitioning, which left her stunned and understandably frustrated.