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The Three Services I Want to Provide to My Patients

Lara Baatenburg

Lara Baatenburg

We all have those areas of life where we just feel incredibly out of place and like we are standing like deer in the headlights. For me, this is going to the mechanic. I’m always nervous to bring my car in; what if there is something wrong with my car and I can’t afford it, what if the mechanic tries to pull a fast one on me, what if, what if, what if? I recently had to go to my mechanic, and he proceeded to list all the things wrong with my car. As I stood there nodding my understanding I was really thinking that I had no idea what he was talking about. He was using words I didn’t know, explaining about parts of the car I had never heard of, and the list of my ignorance goes on. Obviously I know nothing about vehicles, but I don’t want him to know that!  When he finished and asked if I had any questions I responded confidently, “Nope, you did a great job of explaining that, thank you,” when really I had no idea what to ask because since I only understood maybe 10% of what I was told, forming any question was difficult.

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Family Medicine Must Meet the Needs of the LGBT Community to Build Trust

Kristine M. Diaz, PsyD

Kristine M. Diaz, PsyD

This is part of a series by the STFM Group on LGBT Health for LGBT Pride Month.

“I don’t trust my family practice doctor to treat me.”

A pre-med student who identifies as a transgender male shared this statement with me recently. I swallowed my desire to pacify him with “We are working on it.” I just listened.

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How Family Medicine Education Can Bolster Curriculum to Meet the Needs of the LGBT Community

This is part of a series by the STFM Group on LGBT Health for LGBT Pride Month.

By Eli Pendleton, MD; Susan Sawning, MSSW, and Stacie Steinbock, MEd

My male-to-female transgender patient is in her mid-50s. She has a well-established relationship with a sex therapist, who has written a thorough letter of explanation and support. Her wife is engaged and supports her decisions. The patient comes to me hoping to begin her hormonal transition.

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