Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate. Gender identity is a person's internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside of that gender spectrum). For transgender individuals, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match. This exercise is designed for health care providers in training to better understand the medical management of adolescent transgendered patients. There are many complicated issues with regards to adolescent transgendered patients including when to initiate therapy, side effects of therapy, psychological adjustment, patients' rights, and involvement of parents in all management issues. These are critical issues for health care providers in training to understand, and this exercise will be helpful in future management of this patient population.
KeywordsTransgender, Gender Dysphoria, Hormone Therapy
Elisabeth Shell, PhD, MPAS, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Kristen Peek, PhD, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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