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December 11, 2021 - Virtual Meeting

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-sensitive 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 break-out 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 and 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.
  • Summarize gender affirmation surgeries and appropriate referrals.
  • Discuss gender-affirming surgeries available at UC San Diego Health.
  • Discuss options for fertility preservation in transgender and non-binary individuals.
  • 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
Moores Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office
Experimental Therapeutic 
Pronouns: he/him/his

Plenary Speakers 

Jennifer T. Anger, MD, MPH
Professor of Urology 
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tracy Harrison, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Department of OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Full Faculty Listing  


Agenda as of December 2, 2021 

​Saturday, December 11, 2021
Welcome and Introduction – Jill S. Blumenthal, MD (she/her/hers) and Tari L. Gilbert, MSN, FNP-BC (she/her/hers)
9:00am Plenary Session 1: Endocrine and Fertility Care in Gender Diverse Individuals - Tracy Harrison, MD (she/her/hers)
9:45am Question & Answer
10:00am Breakout Session 1

  • Reproductive Health and Fertility – Tracy Harrison, MD (she/her/hers) and Gina R. Frugoni, MD (she/her/hers)
  • Plastic Surgery – Ahmed S. Suliman, MD (he/him/his)
  • TransFamily Support Services – Kathie Moehlig (she/her/hers)
  • Primary Care – Mary Lewinski, MD, PhD (she/her/hers)
10:45am Break
11:00am Plenary Session 2: Gender Affirming Pelvic Surgery: Filling in the GAPS - Jennifer T. Anger, MD, MPH (she/her/hers)
11:45am Question & Answer
12:00pm Breakout Session 2

  • Urology – Jennifer T. Anger, MD, MPH (she/her/hers) and T. Mike Hsieh, MD (he/him/his)
  • Endocrinology – Gina N. Woods, MD (she/her/hers)
  • Mental Health – David J. Grelotti, MD (he/him/his)
  • The LGBTQ Center – Naya Marie Velazco (she/her/hers) 
  • Pharmacy – Allan Pfeil (he/him/his)
12:45pm Lunch Break
1:10pm Transgender Patient Experience Panel: Patients Share Their Experience as Transgender Patients, Practice Patient Interview with Transgender Patients 
Moderator: Yassin Adams (he/him/his)
Panelists: Eurydice Kolbe (she/they), Margot Michaud (they/she/xe), River Miller (they/them), and Alex Thompson (he/him)
2:10pm Break
2:15pm Breakout Session 3

  • HIV Treatment & Prevention – Jill S. Blumenthal, MD (she/her/hers)
  • Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine – Maja Marinkovic, MD (she/her/hers) 
  • ENT and Voice Therapy – Erin H. Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, BCS-S (she/her/hers) and Andi Docktor, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers)
  • Legal Aid Society – Antonio Page-Kahn, JD (he/him/his)
3:00pm Final Adjournment


  • Physicians: $45
  • Allied Health Professionals: $35
  • Community/Trainees/Students: $10

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

Accommodations: For general information or to request reasonable accommodations, contact Bermellyn Imamura at or (858) 822-4770 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 6, 2021. 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.


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 5.25 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 5.25 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 5.25 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.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency: This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient's primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website.

Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual's control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker's outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.

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