Clinical Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients

Type: eLearning
Date: October 2017

About this Independent Study

This activity was originally released on July 31, 2015 and is available for continuing education credit until October 4, 2021. Reviewed/updated January 21, 2020.

This is part 2 of a two-part independent study series entitled Clinically Competent and Culturally Proficient Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients.

No matter what level of services you provide, you can serve the health care needs of your transgender patients. This course covers preventive care, health education and health promotion, reproductive health services and medical management of gender transition. It will help you provide culturally proficient, evidence-based care to transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this independent study participants will be able to:

  • Describe accepted medical protocols for gender affirmation
  • Describe models of informed consent for gender affirmation
  • Determine which primary care services to provide to patients of any gender identity based on their anatomy and physiology

Who Should Attend

The courses in this series are designed for all staff involved in patient care, in a variety of primary care settings including family planning clinics: physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, medical assistants, nurses, health educators, administrative staff and support staff.


Ginny Cassidy-Brinn, ARNP
Ginny Cassidy-Brinn, is the Clinical Training Manager at Cardea, working to design evidence-based, learner-centered education for clinical providers. She has been a nurse practitioner in the area of reproductive health for over 30 years and has co-authored several books on women’s health care.

Simon Adriane Ellis, CNM, ARNP
Simon Adriane Ellis is a Certified Nurse Midwife. His work on the ACNM’s Gender Bias Task Force has included co-authoring a position statement describing the role of midwives in providing care for transgender and gender variant individuals.

Heather McGuinness, MPH
Heather McGuinness worked on this project as her MPH capstone project. Her background is in sexual health, sex education, and LGBTQ health.

Madeline B. Deutsch, MD, MPH
Madeline B. Deutsch is the Director of Clinical Services at the University of California – San Francisco Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

Registration & Fees

It is FREE OF CHARGE to take this course. A brief registration process is required and, upon completion of an online evaluation, participants can request a certificate of participation at no charge.

CNE or CME certificates are $12

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

Cardea Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Clinical Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients: 1.5 contact hours will be awarded including 1.5 hours of pharmacology credit. This activity expires on October 4, 2019.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of Cardea and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Cardea is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cardea designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this continuing education activity includes the following:

  • Completing the entire CE activity
  • Completing the online evaluation
  • Submitting an online CE Request


Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

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