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As it relates to the care of transgender persons, the student will develop increased awareness of the meaning of gender-affirming care and what medical, behavioral, and surgical care this may include. The student will familiarize themselves with national resources as well as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care which outline recommendations for the care of gender diverse persons. The student will have an opportunity to learn skills in initiation of cross-sex hormonal therapy for transgender patients as well as gain first-hand experience of many other supportive services that are offered in an urban transgender health clinic including speech therapy, mental health services, nutrition, medical-legal partnership, care coordination, etc. A component of the coursework will relate to the care of sexual minority patients and will include primary-care setting practice in obtaining a sexual history and familiarization with disease prevention, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV infection and guidelines for prevention of other STIs. Students will develop greater awareness of psychosocial factors that are determinants of the health of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. More broadly, the student will gain a greater understanding of health disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ community and hone skills in providing culturally humble care to all patients regardless of their sexual orientation/practices, romantic relationships, or gender identity. This will include focused training on active communication skills that improve the patient-physician relationship and foster greater understanding of patient experience and values. Most unique to this course, will be the student's participation in the multidiscplinary team in the transgender clinic that enables such whole person care and addresses the various needs of the transgender patient.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Natalie Rollman (fammeded@iupui.edu)

Director: Juan Carlos Venis, M.D., MPH

Campus: Indianapolis


Learning Objectives

  • Learners will be able to: 1) Describe common barriers faced by the LGBTQ+ patient in accessing health services and identify social determinants influencing their overall health. (SBP2)

  • 2) Define gender dysphoria, indication for diagnosis and the standards of care for these patients. (PC2)
  • 3) Describe the indication, management and monitoring of cross-sex hormonal therapy in patients experiencing gender dysphoria. (MK5)
  • 4) Identify opportunities for professional collaboration to help transgender patients who suffer from coocurring mental health diagnoses or significant social barriers to achieving well-being. (SBP1)
  • 5) Obtain an affirming sexual history from a patient regardless of gender identity, romantic relationships, or sexual orientation/practices (PC1)
  • 6) Describe basic issues in the primary care of sexual minority patients as related to disease prevention and chronic disease management including patients who live with HIV. (PC4)
  • 7) Describe the indication, management, and monitoring of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis as well as post-exposure prophylaxis. (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Oral presentation, discussion with faculty, presentation on topic to transgender clinic team, canvas pre and post assessments for online modules)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status, Must submit a max 250 word statement regarding interest and commitment to LGBTQ+ health to be considered.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 35-40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 5% Library/Reseach; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Natalie Rollman (fammeded@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. To enroll in the course, you must receive permission from the Course Director. Students interested in enrolling are required to submit a max 250 word statement regarding interest and commitment to LGBTQ+ health at least 8 weeks prior to starting the elective in order to be considered. Please submit your statement to Natalie Rollman (fammeded@iupui.edu). This elective is only located in Indianapolis. Students from other campuses are welcome, however, the course won't provide housing. Student will have to transport to different locations in the Indianapolis area.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Service Learning Included: None