December 17, 2022 - Live In-Person Meeting

The 4th Annual UC San Diego Transgender Health Care Symposium is a live, in-person educational offering that includes didactic sessions, workshops, and panel discussions. Members of the transgender community will be present to provide feedback and assist health care professionals in providing gender-affirming care. The conference will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the UC San Diego School of Medicine campus in La Jolla, California.

The UC San Diego Transgender Health Care Symposium will provide a comprehensive review of different aspects of gender-affirming medical care. This course will feature sessions on gender-inclusive cultural awareness, behavioral health care, primary care, and medical and surgical gender-affirming interventions. All topics will be presented to help providers from varied disciplines care for transgender and non-binary (NB) individuals in a sensitive and effective manner. The program will be delivered in plenary sessions followed by a brief question and answer opportunity, as well as topic-specific breakout sessions.

Target Audience

This course is targeted toward anyone interested in in-depth exposure to medical care for the transgender/non-binary patients, including physicians (in practice and in training) and allied health professionals in primary care, endocrinology, plastic surgery, urology, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology as well as mental health professionals, social workers, nurses, and students of all above disciplines. Community members are also welcome.

Program Objectives 

Upon conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify appropriate terminology and pronouns for gender identity and sexual orientation including gender-neutral pronouns.
  • Discuss and summarize gender-affirming surgeries and appropriate referrals available within UC San Diego Health system.
  • Identify key mental health issues in the transgender/non-binary community.
  • Describe the requirements needed for mental health providers to provide support for gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Describe healthcare issues related to transgender and non-binary adolescents and young adults.
  • Identify how to improve patient experience for transgender/non-binary patients for better overall healthcare outcomes.

Course Directors

Jill S. Blumenthal, MD, MAS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health 
HIV Care Team – Owen Clinic
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tari L. Gilbert, MSN, FNP-BC
Clinical Nursing Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health 
HIV Care Team – Owen Clinic
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Yassin Adams
Clinical Research Associate
Pronouns: he/him/his

Plenary Speakers 

Rai Khamisa, LCSW
UC San Diego Gender Health Program Coordinator
UC San Diego Health  - Owen Clinic
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Monica Llado-Farrulla, MD
General Surgeon, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Advanced Gender & Affirming Surgery Fellow
Pronouns: she/her/hers


​Saturday, December 17, 2022
Welcome and Introduction – Jill Blumenthal, MD (she/her) and Tari Gilbert, MSN, FNP-BC (she/her)
Plenary Session 1: Providing Affirming and Patient-Centered Care to Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals – Rai Khamisa, LCSW (they/them)
9:45am Question & Answer
10:00am Breakout Session 1

  • Gynecology – Gina Frugoni, MD (she/her) and Jorge Alvarado, MD, FACOG (he/him)
  • HIV Treatment and Prevention – Jill Blumenthal, MD (she/her) and Gabriel Wagner, MD (he/him)
  • Urology Including Pelvic Surgeries – Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH (she/her)
  • Voice Therapy / ENT – Andi Docktor, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her), Ben Schiedermayer, MS, CCC-SLP (he/him), and Andrew Vahabzadeh-Hagh, MD (he/him)
  • Mental Health – Darlene Tando, LCSW (she/her)
  • Endocrinology – Preethika Ekanayake, MD (she/her), Mizuho Mimoto, MD, PhD (she/her), and Vala Hamidi, MD (she/her)
10:45am Break
11:00am Plenary Session 2: Is Surgical Affirmation the Tip of the Iceberg? Looking Back and Diving Deep – Monica Llado-Farrulla, MD (she/her)
11:45am Question & Answer
Breakout Session 2

  • Eating Disorders – Angela Barney, MD (she/her), Gayathri (Gaya) Chelvakumar, MD, MPH (she/her), and Kanani Titchen, MD, FAAP (she/her)
  • Plastic Surgery – Ahmed Suliman, MD (he/him) and Melissa Kanack, MD (she/her)
  • Hair Removal / Electrolysis – Mark Rierson (he/him)
  • Care of the Adolescent and Young Adult-TGNB Individuals – Maja Marinkovic, MD (she/her)
  • Fertility – T. Mike Hsieh, MD, MBA (he/him)
12:45pm Lunch Break
1:15pm Transgender Patient Experience Panel: Patients Share Their Experience Being Transgender in the California Health System
Moderator: Tay "TR" Richardson (they, them, elle)
Panelists: TBD
2:15pm Final Adjournment

Meeting Location

Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET)
UC San Diego School of Medicine campus (La Jolla, California)
**Obtain directions to our facility on Google Maps and most GPS applications by using "UCSD Medical Education and Telemedicine Building " as a destination.  Do NOT use 9500 Gilman which is the generic address for the campus.**


  • Physicians: $50
  • Allied Health Professionals: $40
  • Community/Trainees/Students: $10
    • Registration assistance is avaialable if needed. Please contact 

Wire Transfers: If you plan on processing a wire transfer to cover your registration fees, please email our CME Administrator, Carissa Aguayo (she/her/hers) at, directly to start the process.

Accommodations: For general information or to request reasonable accommodations, contact to submit your request.

Cancellation Policy: The full course tuition is refundable, less $25 if your cancellation is received in writing, on or before December 12, 2022. No refunds will be allowed after this date. In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego Continuing Medical Education is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee only.

green cmeThe UC San Diego Transgender Health Care Symposium syllabus will be available electronically. The full course syllabus as well as any missing presentations will be available for download on the conference website approximately (1) one week after the conference. UC San Diego Continuing Medical Education (CME) is committed to creating a healthy and sustainable environment.

Exhibitor Opportunities & Supporters

Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibit Fee - $75

  • 6-foot table with two chairs
  • Your company/organization will be acknowledged in the conference materials.
  • Two complimentary admissions to the live in-person conference

Please read the UC San Diego CME Exhibitor Policy and then apply to be an exhibitor.

Please note: Payment is due in full prior to the start of the program and no refunds will be issued for cancellations. Credit Card is the preferred method of payment.


We welcome the support of this activity in the form of educational grants. As a supporter, your company or organization will be acknowledged in the conference materials.   


The University of California San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA: The University of California San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 4.75 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (report up to 4.75 hours of credit and list "CME Category 1" as the provider number).

Psychologists: The California Board of Psychology recognizes and accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for license renewal. Psychologists outside of California should check with their state and local boards to ensure that ACCME accredited activities are acceptable for renewal.

Additional Information

Cultural & Linguistic Competency and Implicit Bias: Continuing medical education (CME) providers are required by state Assembly Bills 1195 and 241, and the standards created by the California Medical Association (CMA), to include components that address cultural and linguistic competency and implicit bias in CME activities. The planners and presenters of this activity has been asked to provide meaningful consideration of these standards in the selection and presentation of content.  Additional information and resources are available on the UC San Diego CME website.  

Faculty Disclosure: The UC San Diego School of Medicine adheres to the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. All persons in a position to control the content of accredited education must disclose all financial relationships held with ineligible companies, prior to assuming their role in the accredited activity. Those relationships deemed relevant to the education, are mitigated prior to the activity.

Audio / Video Consent: By registering for this program, I acknowledge that this event may be audio and/or video recorded for future use or distribution. Any engagement I have during the presentation (audio, video, chat, Q&A submission, etc.) will be captured and included. Participant microphones and cameras are generally disabled by default, and can always be manually disabled by participant. Depending on the type of event, publication of the recordings might be on a publicly available website or on an access-restricted site. By registering for this event, I give UC San Diego the right to use my name, voice, image, written text, or video footage without compensation and waive the right to inspect or approve any document in which these appear.

Covid-19 Health & Safety: We follow state and local guidelines and protocols related to COVID-19 safety measures. Due to the high risk for transmission in indoor settings, attendees may be required to wear a facemask, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals who fail to comply will not be able to participate. In such a situation, no refunds of registration fees or other venue/travel related expenses will be provided. The risk of spreading COVID-19 is decreased when all parties are vaccinated. Vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result verification, remains an important strategy to reduce transmission.  We expect all attendees of in-person activities to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, or agree to take a COVID-test within 48 hours of the start of the event. All attendees should be prepared to provide evidence of vaccination status, or negative test results, if asked to do so by activity organizers. We reserve the right to update COVID related expectations at any time, should local and state guidelines change and prevailing COVID rates increase.

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