The recent Boston Trans Health Institute, a full-day transgender health training program, provided an in-depth overview of transgender medical care, with an emphasis on current evidence to support today’s medical interventions and new developments in this area.
In an article in the April 2017 issue of Network Matters, we offered an opportunity for Harvard Pilgrim providers to register for this institute and highlighted the excellent work being done by Dr. Josh Safer and others at Boston Medical Center’s (BMC’s) Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery to diminish the significant health disparity among the transgender population.
The program — which was a collaborative effort by BMC, the Boston University (BU) School of Medicine, the Rush University Medical Center, and the Tawani Foundation — featured sessions devoted to transgender health disparities; caring for gender-diverse youth; primary care for transgender patients; transgender hormone strategy; mental health concerns for trans individuals; and gender-identity-affirming surgical options.
The conference also included information regarding trans-related surgical procedures at BMC, as well as insight into developing a trans health taskforce within a hospital or other health care entity. The program was capped with a trans patient panel question and answer session that resulted in robust discussion.
Guest speakers and participants included well-known trans health providers from BMC and BU School of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Fenway Institute, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center.
Feedback from attendees reflected that the program helped them feel more capable in asking trans-appropriate questions; more comfortable with the process of counseling and hormone treatment; more knowledgeable about the extensive resources at BMC; and better able to provide support based in a more accurate understanding of some of what transgender patients experience.
The next Boston Trans Health Institute will take place 2018; look to future issues of Network Matters for the specific date and registration information.