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Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Oct;40(5):802-6. doi: 10.1007/s40596-016-0570-7. Epub 2016 May 27.

Special-"T" Training: Extended Follow-up Results from a Residency-Wide Professionalism Workshop on Transgender Health.

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1
Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA. kiddjer@nyspi.columbia.edu.
2
Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA.
3
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Transgender people face unique challenges when accessing health care, including stigma and discrimination. Most residency programs devote little time to this marginalized population.

METHODS:

The authors developed a 90-min workshop to enhance residents' ability to empathize with and professionally treat transgender patients. Attendees completed pre-, post, and 90-day follow-up surveys to assess perceived empathy, knowledge, comfort, interview skill, and motivation for future learning.

RESULTS:

Twenty-two residents (64.7 %) completed pre- and post-workshop surveys; 90.9 % of these completed the 90-day follow-up. Compared to baseline, there were statistically significant post-workshop increases in perceived empathy, knowledge, comfort, and motivation for future learning. However on 90-day follow-up, there were no statistically significant differences across any of the five domains, compared to baseline.

CONCLUSIONS:

This workshop produced significant short-term increases in resident professionalism toward transgender patients. However, extended follow-up results highlight the limitations of one-time interventions and call for recurrent programming to yield durable improvements.

KEYWORDS:

Internship and residency; Medical education; Professionalism; Transgender persons

PMID:
27234260
DOI:
10.1007/s40596-016-0570-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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