Make Transgender Affirming Medical Care Accessible for All!

“As an educator I have been to a lot of training sessions over the years, but this session was hands down one of the most useful I have attended. The information was evidenced based and the format encouraged participation. Worner and Vita were very engaging and welcoming of questions, even those that showed naiveté of certain topics.  Every medical student needs to have this type of training. I am so glad that we were able to experience it at Mercer University School of Medicine and I would highly recommend it to other medical education programs.”

-Patrice Walker, MD FACOG, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Former Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Mercer University School of Medicine


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Join Upswing Advocates in our push for making gender affirming medical care available to all!

We aim to raise $30,000 by end of year, that in addition to a $20,000 grant awarded, will propel this project forward.

Many medical trainees share that learning about transgender care is important and that education in gender-confirming surgery would be beneficial (Dy et al., 2016; Morrison et al. 2016). However, exposure to transgender patient care currently is limited to a median of 1 hour of didactics exposure and 2 hours of clinical exposure annually during plastic surgery or urology residencies (Morrison et al., 2017).

This project provides free, intensive two-day trainings for medical students on affirming medical care for transgender and gender expansive patients.

These trainings address implicit bias, values and ethics, and best practice for serving transgender patients.

Licensed medical providers are also welcome to attend this as a sliding-scale option for continuing education.