The Clinician's Guide to Transgender Care
Key strategies necessary to provide comprehensive, sensitively delivered care

Introduction: Do You Feel Prepared to Treat Transgender Patients?

To keep pace with the growing clinical demands of transgender care, medical training necessitates focused skills and considered medical sensitivity.

The demand for medical care from individuals who are trans* (transgender or gender non-conforming) has reached a tipping point, challenging clinicians to have a greater proficiency in and sensitivity to the healthcare needs of these patients.

EndocrineWeb has invited Joshua D. Safer, MD, and Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD, who are internationally recognized experts in adult and adolescent transgender medical care, to author the Clinician's Guide to Transgender Medicine—A 4-Part Series intended to provide an overview of the sensitivities and needs of this particular patient population. The authors address the differences in working with the pediatric (adolescent) population and that of adults both in reviewing the role of hormone supplementation as well as usual care for someone who has transitioned.

About the authors—n a newly created position, Joshua Safer, MD, joined Mount Sinai Beth Israel as the inaugural Executive Director of the of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City. In addition, he serves as senior faculty in endocrinology at the Icahn School of medicine at Mount Sinai.

In addition, Dr. Safer is president of the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health and co-chair of the TransNet steering committee, for the international transgender research consortium. share the medical model they have developed as an educational resource to endocrinologists in order to foster a 21st-century approach to transgender medical care that is evidence-based and patient-centered.    

Dr. Rosenthal is a professor of pediatrics, director of pediatric endocrinology clinics,  and program director of pediatric endocrinology as well as co-director of the Disorder of Sex Development Clinic, and founder and medical director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, at the UCSF's Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. 

Both experts spend a great deal of time presenting treatment insights for transgender clinical care at medical conferences in order to reach as many practitioners as possible. There is an urgency to improve care for the growing number of trans* patients presenting to physicians offices in need of general care as well as treatment to support their transitioning process. The Clinician's Guide to Transgender Medicine brings together information in a concise format to provide clinicians with an overview of the barriers to care, best practices, and insights to support the best clinical care possible. '

The content is presented across four chapters and will be updated regularly to keep pace as evidence-based data becomes available and best practices evolved.

 Chapter 1; Putting transgender medical care into context

Chapter 2: Quality clinical care requires attention to common clinical concerns

Chapter 3: Approaching cross-sex Hormone Therapy

Chapter 4: Addressing post-transition clinical care.

In addition, you may find several articles on EndocrineWeb of additional interest, including an interview with Dr. Safer.

To supplement the clinical guide, there are some articles that may provide further interest:

 

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