Endocrinologists as a group need to be more confident and competent when it comes to the health needs of the transgender population, according to results of a survey involving 465 program directors and practicing clinicians.
An online survey was sent to 104 endocrinology fellowship program directors and nearly 7,000 members of Endocrine Society. Among the results:
- Half of the program directors responded; 6% of society members did so.
- Nearly three-fourths of programs offer teaching on transgender health topics; but 94% noted the importance of fellowship training in this area.
- Lack of faculty interest or experience was a barrier to offering such training.
- Program directors asked for online training modules for trainees and faculty.
- 8 in every 10 clinicians have treated a transgender patient, but just as many said they have received no training in this area.
- Clinicians expressed low confidence outside of the hormonal realm.
- Clinicians asked for online training modules and transgender topics at meetings.
Davidge-Pitts C, Nippoldt T, Danoff A, Radziejewski L, Natt N. Transgender health in endocrinology: Current status of endocrinology fellowship programs and practicing clinicians. [Published online ahead of print January 10, 2017]. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. doi:10.1210/jc.2016-3007.
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