Gender Affirming Care Modules

Transgender and gender diverse (TGD) patients have unique health care needs as they experience significant health disparities compared to the general population. These needs and disparities may shift and expand in particular ways when intersecting with race, sexuality, age, and accessibility. These three comprehensive introductory courses address gender-affirming care strategies and treatment options. We also explore the established criteria used to diagnose gender dysphoria at varying ages in today’s health care system. The modules will help a range of clinicians and clinical staff treat TGD patients more equitably and effectively. Participants earn up to 1.5 CME/CNE/CE credits.

Available for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, Continuing Nursing Education and Continuing Pharmacy Education.

Programs Available

Introduction to Trans-Affirming Care

Trans-medicine and gender-affirming care is a quickly evolving field. While stressing that humility, collaboration, and respectfulness is at the center of gender-affirming care, all clinical staff and clinicians will gain an introduction to terminology and communication patterns that respect the dignity of trans and gender diverse patients, review health disparities and sources of discrimination, and consider how to create a more gender-inclusive practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define gender identity (GI) and sexual orientation (SO).
  2. Review how discrimination impacts trans and gender diverse patients and their care.
  3. Construct a gender-inclusive introduction to use with patients and practice gender-diverse pronouns and chosen names.


The Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis and Gender-Affirming Mental Health Care

Targeted beyond mental health providers, this course will review materials concerning the Gender Dysphoria diagnosis/diagnostic criteria, minority stress theory, common mental health conditions and their risk factors, as well as positive mental health effects of resilience and gender-affirming medical interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the critical element of Gender Dysphoria (Diagnostic Statistical Manual-V) and the current reasoning for this diagnosis to remain in the DSM-V.
  2. Apply minority stress theory and the concept of stigma to explain the prevalence of mental health distress in transgender and gender-diverse populations and give unique examples.
  3. Describe the common psychiatric conditions, their risk factors, and protective factors associated with transgender and gender-diverse populations.
  4. Identify the positive mental health effects associated with gender-affirming medical interventions.

Gender-Affirming Care: Medical Management

In this Clinician-focused course, we’ll review medical therapies used in gender-affirming care, examine counseling methods around fertility-altering treatments and surgeries, and review screening guidelines for primary care settings.

  1. Summarize medical therapies used in gender-affirming care:
    • Adolescent management
    • Masculinizing therapies
    • Feminizing therapies
  2. Apply effective counseling practices prior to fertility-altering treatment.
  3. Identify appropriate age-related screenings for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the primary care setting.
  4. Examine the role of surgery in gender-affirming care.

Here’s what your colleagues had to say:
I strongly believe in the importance of this subject matter to improve my patient care.”
The program was great and answered so many questions that I had.”
“The introduction course was very easy to understand and follow. The examples were relevant and provoked thought, empathy and pro-active action.”


Contact Us

For more information contact Althea A. Billins at (312) 563-0336 or


*In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

RushUniversity Medical Center designates this Internet enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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