Gender Identity and Respectfulness in the Medical Practice

This learning module will focus on teaching attendees the skills they need to be respectful of gender identity in the medical practice, which both improves patient experience and patient health outcomes. While transgender people have always existed, it is more recent that many trans people have been able to be out and access medical care as themselves. Because of this, many healthcare staff are unsure of how to navigate gender identity and respectfulness in medical practice. This module will give attendees the knowledge and skills to navigate this with confidence.


Learning Objectives:     

At the end of this module, participants will better understand how to treat transgender patients with respect through: 

    1. an increased knowledge of gender identity 
    2. improved skills in working and communicating with transgender people 
    3. a better understanding their role in improving health outcomes for transgender patients 


Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user who registers with the Maine Medical Association, Center for Quality Improvement Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 60 minutes. The module consists of multiple sub-sections or units and will contain various elements, including hyperlinks to readings and web resources, video lessons, and pre-and post-assessments needed to obtain a CME Certificate or a CME Certificate of Participation.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and the Maine Medical Association, Center for Quality Improvement. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

None of the planners or presenters for this activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Duration & Fee:  FREE for Maine Clinicians

Estimated Time to Complete: 60 minutes

(note: the module is divided into short digestible units [10-20 mins] which can be completed in small increments)

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have JavaScript enabled.
  • The quiz tool within the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. To avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a pre-test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a post-test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your pre-test score and post-test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have three attempts to complete the post-test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive the 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

To Obtain a CME Certificate or a CME Certificate of Participation:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the pre-test, post-test, and Survey Monkey evaluation at the end of the module.
  • Earn a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to receive a certificate.

Upon completion of the evaluation in Survey Monkey, including the required demographic information, a CME Certificate will be emailed to M.D.s and D.O.s and a CME Certificate of Participation will be emailed to all other learners. These certificates will be emailed within 10 business days of completing the evaluation.

Table of Contents:  The units will consist of the following:

  1. Pre-assessment 
  2. Unit 1 Gender 101 
  3. Unit 2 Case studies 
  4. Unit 3 Patient-centered strategies 
  5. Unit 4 Communication tips 
  6. Unit 5 Maine law 
  7. Unit 6 Organizational strategies 
  8. Post-Assessment 

Disclosures: The planners and presenters for this module have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Aspen Ruhlin
Community Engagement Coordinator
Mabel Wadsworth Center

Amy Carter, BSHA-M
Maine Medical Association, Center for Quality Improvement

Janet Johnson
Administrative Assistant
Maine Medical Association, Center for Quality Improvement

Funding: This module is made possible by the generous support and funding from our partners at the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

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