January 13, 2010
Nick Gorton, MD, an openly transgender physician, returned to the MGH Institute campus to expand on his immensely popular lectures of the past three years.
Dr. Gorton was in Boston this week to speak here at the Institute, at Harvard Medical School, and at Tufts Medical School. In this year's session,"Transgender Medicine 201", Dr. Gorton gave a more in-depth look at the care of transgender patients, building on his talk from last year.
The lecture room was completely packed with students, faculty and staff to hear Dr. Gorton. In his lecture and Q&A session he explored the importance of transgender health care, medical ethics of treating transgender patients, current primary care and hormonal treatments, as well as surgical treatments.
He also discussed the definitions, historical context and current state of transgender health care, as well as providing personal perspective on his experience as a transgender physician.
Dr Gorton, a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, practices as an emergency room physician at Sutter Davis Hospital.
He also volunteers with Lyon-Martin Health Services in San Francisco, holding a weekly clinic focusing on transgender patients; and provides pro-bono consulting for a number of transgender-rights organizations.
He co-authored "Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men: A Guide for Health Care Providers."
Preparing Health Professionals to Be Effective in a Diverse World
"Dr. Gorton's presentation was extremely comprehensive, and he relates his clinical expertise as a physician caring for transgender patients so well," said Julie Jamgochian, the 3rd-year student in the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program, who coordinated this event.
"His generosity in coming all the way from California every year to speak at the Institute and share his expertise about this important but underserved population is so much appreciated by the students, faculty, and staff in attendance," Jamgochian added.
Dr. Gorton's session was geared toward future and current health providers and public health practitioners. As he noted, most health care providers in the U.S. today have received no formal training in transgender medicine.
"Dr. Gorton provides invaluable knowledge for our students as well as our faculty and staff," noted Calvin Hill, PhD, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer. "At the Institute we are committed to preparing our students to be leaders in providing health care to an increasingly diverse population."
Dr. Hill continued, "Diversity at the MGH Institute encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons of different genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, and religious beliefs."
The seminar was sponsored by the KinsIHP (GLBT) Club. Formed in 2005, this club provides a forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students and their allies.
Chief Diversity Officer Calvin Hill, Nursing Student Julie Jamgochian and Nick Gorton, MD, at Dr. Gorton's session on treating transgender patients
The MGH Institute of Health Professions, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977, is an innovative and independent graduate school that operates within the framework of Partners HealthCare. A progressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute prepares advanced practice professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and medical imaging through a distinctive combination of academic study, clinical practice, and research. More than 900 students are enrolled in graduate level and certificate programs, with an increasing number of courses available online. The Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.