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Second annual U of C LGBTQ health forum focuses on transgender health

Both healthcare professionals and members of the public are invited to participate

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A group of University of Calgary medical students are hoping to educate those in the medical community—as well as the generally curious—about providing LGBTQ communities with sensitive and quality at their second annual health forum.

Janine Farrell, spokeswoman for the Medical Students for Gender and Sexual Diversity group at the U of C said the one-day forum happening this Saturday (Nov. 26), will have nearly a dozen workshops focused on transgender health and intersectionality.

“Generally everyone wants to know this stuff, and generally everyone wants to do better in terms of understanding, but it’s getting through that place of not knowing becoming more comfortable with being around communities of people who are still seen as an unknown or different from the mainstream,” she said.

Farrell said many of the workshops are also perfect for those in other healthcare related programs as well as working clinicians, doctors, nurses, social workers and others in care giver positions.

“We have several clinical focused workshops as well as non-clinical workshops so community members and other folks who are just interested can attend,” she said. “I think it’s as beneficial for people who don’t have the goal of a providing care but who just want to learn.”

Workshops include topics such as care for those undergoing homone transitions, the basic care of trans-youth, addressing barriers and appropriate terminology, how to approach families and the resilience of the trans-community. 

Farrell said it’s the perfect opportunity for existing clinicians, doctors and surgeons in Calgary to claim their mandatory five study credits as well.

“There are a lot of doctors out there who claim that they can’t provide adequate care to trans people because they think it’s something only specialists can do— which is definitely not true,” she said.  “We think that this forum can certainly get existing primary care physicians and care providers over the initial hump of knowing how to provide things like hormone transition-related care and more.”

For more information or to signup for the forum click here

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