Transgender Content in United States Medical Education

  • Cyrus Nguyen University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine
  • Rennie Burke
  • Josue Reynaga
  • Kevin Mortazavi


Despite the prominence of transgender issues in contemporary culture in the United States, little has been published concerning the effect of medical education on physician attitudes toward transgender people. Qualitative studies published to date suggest that transgender patients often experience negative clinical experiences.1–3 Since many transgender patients may require long-term treatments to affirm their gender, their relationship with clinicians has unique importance. Thus, training physicians to be more comfortable with transgender individuals and providing medical care to them could prove to be an optimal intervention approach.