A Program for Physicians, Nurses, Technicians, and Staff

The Basic Training program focuses on the understanding and soft skills necessary when working with and treating the transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) patient population. 


Rather than focusing on providing the actual transition medical care this Basic Training program will focus on caring for TGNC patients in a healthcare setting (e.g., hospital, ER, clinic, etc.) in ways that show sensitivity and respect towards the TGNC patient.  


Training focuses on the basic knowledge, skills, and appropriate sensitivities (attitudes) necessary for healthcare workers to understand when working with the TGNC patient as well as enable healthcare workers to mitigate their own implicit (i.e., automatic or unconscious) biases in providing care. This will also enable them to recognize the contribution of bias (transphobia) to the increased iatrogenic risk and health disparities.


The Program will also address strategies for managing the care of this patient population including any or all of the topics listed below. Working with our clients to better understand their needs, the amount of time they can commit, and their training budgets we can select which elements are best suited for the client.  


  1. Overview and historical perspectives of gender, transgender, and gender variance;

  2. Definitions and terms used with this population;

  3. The state of transgender health and health issues in Michigan;

  4. Transphobia – Measuring the attendee’s level of bias (conscious and unconscious) by administering a transphobia survey and then work to create strategies for mitigating bias;

  5. Differentiation between children, adolescents, and adults (DSM-5);

  6. Understanding the medical and social issues related to transition;

  7. Taking the medical history – appropriate questions to ask this group of patients, strategies for digging deeper into the patient’s medical history (such as unapproved hormone medications, sexual partners, etc.) and being sensitive to the patient’s concerns;

  8. Patient privacy – Strategies for maintaining privacy while dealing with family, friends, and others concerned with the patient’s health;

  9. Establishing a safe and sensitive medical practice for transgender patients;

  10. Scenarios and discussion points for experiential learning.

For more information, request a proposal, or schedule a meeting - please contact:

Dr. Joelle Codde (She, Her, Hers) Why pronouns matter



Tel: 517-881-1645


    © 2019 Jo Codde, PhD