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Gender Inclusive Care: A Workshop to Improve Medical Student Competency


Transgender and gender-nonconforming (gender minority or GM) patients face significant barriers to

inclusive, quality healthcare. UCSF piloted a one-hour workshop with third-year medical students on

inclusive obstetric and gynecologic care for GM patients to identify and fill gaps in medical student knowledge and competency. Pre and post-test surveys demonstrated that the one-hour workshop was

an effective way to increase comfort using inclusive terminology in reproductive health settings.

Students expressed need for additional trainings—particularly interactive workshops—in preparation for

the care of GM populations.


This interactive workshop will provide participants with the background knowledge, skills, and language

to ensure medical education is more inclusive of GM individuals. After a review of current literature

(10mins) and approaches to inclusive curricular design (10min), participants will engage in reflection

exercises and case discussions to practice gender-inclusive language and care (40mins). Questions and

discussion will follow (15mins). This structure will stretch participant adaptability with language, allow

insight into perpetuation of gendered language and the nuances of GM care, and offer a framework for

faculty to lead interactive workshops on the subject.


Student-led, interactive workshops on gender-inclusive care are an effective way to help medical

students feel comfortable using appropriate language, and should be included in medical school

curricula. This model may improve medical student competence and thus health outcomes for gender

minority populations.

Take home product:

Guide for Gender-Inclusive Language in Ob/Gyn

Keywords: Transgender, Gender, Language

Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2019, Faculty, Patient Care, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, UME, Advocacy,

General Information

Patient Care,Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Tara Benesch MS, Joanna Jacobs BA, Jeannette Lager MD

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