A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Gender Inclusion in the Clinic

Researchers: Emilie Tang, DO; Roberto Zevallos, MD; Tricia Scales, MD

Research focus: Medicine is a gendered world, which can be off putting to patients who do not identify themselves as male or female. This also perpetuates prejudice and discrimination, which leads to suboptimal medical care. In general, clinic providers and staff members lack in knowledge regarding how to comfortably interact with this patient population or just how to practice gender inclusion in clinic with all patient populations. Clinics should harbor a culture of inclusion to all patients including those marginalized and underrepresented. We should have proper training on gender inclusion to provide a comprehensive, scientific, and humane care for this patient population. Our project addresses how gender inclusive training would affect awareness and comfort level of gender inclusion in the clinic.