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Increasing Competency in Transgender Medical Care Focus of Tufts IDEAS Grant

March 01, 2013

Dr. Michael RosenblumMichael Rosenblum, MD, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, and Aleah Nesteby, FNP, who runs a unique transgender health clinic at High Street Health Center, received a 2012 IDEAS grant to educate Tufts University medical students rotating at Baystate.

The expectation is that participants will deliver health care services to transgendered patients in a more competent, respectful, and sensitive manner as a result of improving their knowledge of the various psycho-social issues impacting the them. Dr. Rosenblum is hopeful that sharing this educational component on TUSK will lead to its incorporation into the medical student curriculum going forward.

Jennifer Aleah Nesteby, FNPThere is also funding to educate Baystate employees. In February, about 50 diverse Baystate employees attended an open forum with four transgender patients who showed a video about , and discussed, their experiences both inside and outside health care. " It was an eye-opening experience for us all and helps to highlight the limited knowledge and expertise that many of us have when it comes to this special group of people," says Rosenblum.