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Comment & Response
January 2018

Are Surgical Residents Prepared to Care for Transgender Patients?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
  • 2Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Burn, Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(1):92-93. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4024

To the Editor In the article “Emergency General Surgery Needs for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients: Are We Prepared?” Shields et al1 discuss the necessity for competency-based training on sexual orientation and gender identity in surgical encounters. They suggest an initial set of recommendations as adapted from the Fenway Institute and encourage training of students, residents, and staff on inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients. This article opens the discussion on the integration of this training into all surgical specialties, but we think it is important to clarify what current research shows regarding the lack of technical training for surgical care of a subset of the LGBT population: transgender patients.

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