Hormone specialists want more education about transgender patients

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Doctors who specialize in conditions involving hormones need more training on how to treat people who are transgender, suggests a new study. Researchers found that transgender health was part of the curriculum at less than three quarters of endocrinology training programs that responded to an online survey. Additionally, more than 80 percent of practicing specialists said they had received training on transgender medicine. “We were aware that a deficit in education likely existed, however it was surprising how big this deficit is amongst clinicians in practice,” wrote lead author Dr. Caroline Davidge-Pitts, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Gender identity is how people view themselves, that is, as male, female or something less specific. People who are transgender have gender identities that differ from the sex assigned at birth. While awareness and acceptance of transgender issues has increased in the past decade, providing optimal care for patients is still challenging, the researchers write in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Endocrinologists often have a key role in that care.—Agencies

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