Most doctors and healthcare professionals are likely to encounter transgender patients at some point in their careers. Yet a recent JAMA article highlighted the fact that, on average, undergraduate medical school curriculums dedicate only 5 hours of training to all issues related to LGBT health. Currently, transgender patients in Ontario have limited options for care, require a diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder to access that care, and are often referred by family doctors who are uncomfortable with the process of hormone therapy to psychiatric counseling or to long waiting lists for limited specialized clinics.
This week on HJRC we talk gender identity, stigma, “passing” and pronouns with Dr. Carys Massarella. Dr. Massarella is President of the Medical Staff Association at St. Joseph’s hospital. She is a Assistant Clinical Professor in the emergency division at McMaster Medical school. She teaches transgender primary healthcare to students, residents, and family doctors. Dr. Massarella is an outspoken advocate for accessible, and accepting, trans healthcare.