Letter Writing for Gender Affirming Care - 2021 PRIDE Month
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Please complete the questionnaire and claim/request your continuing education or continuing medical education certificate by July 16, 2021.
One hour presentation.
Letter writing is a gatekeeping practice imposed by healthcare systems that places stress on individuals seeking gender affirming care. While mental health professionals are asked to write these letters, few receive formal training in writing these letters, often resulting in refusal of professionals to write letters and delay in gender affirming services. The purpose of this session is to discuss the purpose of letters for gender affirming care in the current healthcare climate and train health professionals to write effective letters to support individuals' access to gender affirming services. Importantly, this session will discuss how to support an individual's autonomy and maintain the patient/provider relationship during an instance where the provider is a gatekeeper. (Intermediate)
All physical and behavioral health providers.
Participants from outside of the UPMC family (those without a UPMC/Pitt affiliated e-mail address) will need to pay $30 at this site: http://www.upmc.com/pay/EduConsSvcs before they will be sent the link for the program.
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:
1. Discuss the purpose of a letter for gender affirming care in the current healthcare climate
2. Identify the components of a letter for gender affirming care
3. Discuss best practices in letter writing to maintain individual's autonomy and support their health
Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD (She, Her, Hers)
Fellow, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Dr. Kristen Eckstrand is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist with expertise in child and adolescent mental health, LGBTQ health, and the impact of trauma exposure on the brain and mental health with a focus on trauma experienced by vulnerable populations. Dr. Eckstrand is recognized nationally for their work in expanding health care professional education and health care systems to address the health needs of LGBTQ communities. Dr. Eckstrand has published on this topic widely and consults with various healthcare researchers and organizations related to LGBTQ health and organizational quality improvement.
From this system:
From the Education and Consultative Services office:
CADC/CCDP- Pending approval from the PA Certification Board. As of 6/14/21, we haven't received it yet.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 ASWB
- 1.00 Attendance