Transgender Health: A Standardized Patient Case for Advanced Clerkship Students

Date of Review: November, 2018

Developed for advanced clerkship students, this standardized patient case, from MedEdPORTAL, focuses on using inclusive language and building rapport with transgender patients. The case was developed to portray a patient who has not seen a doctor for 5 years due to previous transphobic encounters; materials include a standardized patient case, learner instructions, debriefing questions, evaluation questions, and a list of relevant terminology are included. The case is included in an 8-station formative learning half-day focused on advanced communication skills, though the 15-minute case could be incorporated into any existing medical student standardized patient curriculum.  The authors encourage those using the case to employ transgender actors to counter historical marginalization in these roles. It is also recommended that faculty facilitators have extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ populations. The authors note that at the time of publication, only 64 students had participated in the curriculum and only learner reported outcomes were measured. —Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS & Katy Wright, PhD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Illinois College of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Chicago, IL

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Outcome and Study Design:

Post Only

Level of Learner Assessment:

Self-reflection, blogging with rubric

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