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Physician's Guide to Doctoring


This is a podcast that answers the question, "what should we have been learning while we were memorizing Kreb's cycle?" This is a practical guide for practicing physicians and other healthcare practitioners looking to improve in any and all aspects of our lives and practices. Physician and non-physician experts are interviewed on a wide range of topics to help us help our patients, practices, colleagues, communities and most of all, ourselves. If you want to share you expertise on the podcast, please email me at physiciansguidetodoctoring@gmail.com.

Jul 25, 2019

Be Calm and Queer On – What Your Trans and Gender Diverse Patients Want You to Know

Dr. Crystal Beal answers the questions that will helps us better care for our transgender and gender diverse patients.  They went to med school at Florida State University, and completed the Valley Family Medicine Residency program, part of the University of Washington.  They are the physician- owner of QueerDoc.  Dr. Beal hopes to change the experience of care for the trans and gender diverse community and raise the bar for gender affirming care.  Through QueerDoc, Dr. Beal provides increased access to expert, affirming, and culturally competent care for queer and gender expansive children, adolescents, and adults.  They currently serve Washington and Alaska (through partnership with Full Spectrum Health), and have dreams of expanding service to several more states as an online queer and gender affirming healthcare provider.

We talk about why Dr. Beal created their practice and we talk a little about some of the specific needs of gender-diverse people.  They make some suggestions about how to best introduce yourself to patients who may be gender diverse, and as it turns out, it really sounds like the best way to introduce yourself to all of your patients.  Dr. Beal educates use about issues they have faced when interacting with the medical establishment as a patient and gives some pointers for how we can all interact with gender diverse individuals to make sure the relationship develops as it should, based on trust and free from stigma and biases.  We end with some great resources for learning more about the gender diverse community and a great place to start is QueerDoc.com.