Chelsea Fullerton, M.Ed., Published in AAMC's Wing of Zock Blog
"It is essential that medical schools take great case in ensuring that the next generation of physicians is not only aware of the existence of transgender people but prepared to serve them effectively."- Chelsea Fullerton, M.Ed.
Partial Blog Post:
Katie Couric’s recent interview with transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox—and the controversy that quickly followed—calls attention to a rarely discussed subject in the medical community, yet one that intersects with medicine and patient care intricately: the lives and experiences of transgender people.
Transgender persons are individuals who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender people may fall outside societal expectations of what it means to be a man or a woman, transgress gender categories, or identify outside of the traditional gender binary altogether.
Though the transgender community has experienced gains in social visibility in recent years, homelessness, discrimination, and transphobic violence are constant realities for many transgender individuals. Additionally, significant health disparities present many challenges for transgender persons that have not been addressed by the medical community at large; these disparate health outcomes are heightened for transgender people of color and those who are low-income.