Medical Professionals

This resource page is for medical professionals in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan who are in need of educational resources on the queer community. If you are looking for queer-friendly doctors, clinics, or mental health professionals please check out The Q List.

Educational Resources

Queer Terms

There are a lot of terms and identities that are used within and for the queer community. Here's a list to help you figure them out!

OUTSaskatoon Professional Development Training

At OUTSaskatoon we believe that Education is one of our greatest tools in working to eliminate homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and the many other issues that negatively affect the Queer community. Our education platform uses a variety of materials, activities, and styles in order to effectively engage with any audience. Whether you're looking for professional development training for your staff, a presentation for your elementary school class, or diversity training for a business that wants to become queer inclusive, we've for the right resources for you!

TransSask - Resources for Medical Professional

TransSask Support Services aims to identify, develop, and provide services and resources that meet the needs of trans-identified and sex or gender diverse people within Saskatchewan, as well as those who support them

Creating Inclusive Spaces for the LBGTTQ+ Community: Inclusive language within the medical field

A resource for people within the medical field who are looking to increase their knowledge and use of gender neutral language. By using gender neutral language we create spaces where everyone is equal and all people are treated with respect.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

As an international interdisciplinary, professional organization, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) will work to further the understanding and treatment of gender dysphoria by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, counseling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, and other related fields.

WPATH provides opportunities for professionals from various sub-specialties to communicate with each other in the context of research and treatment of gender dysphoria including sponsoring biennial scientific symposia.

WPATH publishes the Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines, which articulate a professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender dysphoria and help professionals understand the parameters within which they may offer assistance to those with these conditions.

WPATH: Standards of Care Guide

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health promotes the highest standards of health care for individuals through the articulation of Standards of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People. The SOC are based on the best available science and expert professional consensus.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN LGBTQ MEDICAL HEALTH: LIB GUIDE

This guide compiles useful resources for health professionals on the topic of LGBTQ2+ Health and includes information on the following issues: Basics of LGBTQ2S health, guidelines for clinicians, accessing LGBTQ2S health research, statistics, journals and articles, books for the library, LGBTQ2S health organizations, Two Spirit people, and archival materials from the U of S

Guidelines and Protocols for Hormone Therapy and Primary Health Care for Trans Clients

"We hope that this document will enable more primary care providers to be involved in the care of trans clients. It is a rewarding experience to assist someone with the integration of their gender identity, and we feel privileged to be a part our clients’ transitions. We wish to share this experience with other clinicians" - Sherbourne Health Centre

American Medical Student Association - Transgender Health

"We work to establish AMSA as a leader on issues affecting the health of women, intersex and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and support initiatives to improve policy at the institutional, local, state, and federal levels. We advocate for patients through curricular improvement, increased physician education, research and health-related resources. We support physicians-in-training by providing a safe and supportive environment, leadership development opportunities, and advocating for their rights."

Designing for Inclusivity:Strategies for Universal Washrooms and Change Rooms

HCMA Architecture + Design created this document to help fill a gap in design knowledge around issues relating to universal washrooms and change rooms, and to provide tangible strategies that promote design as a tool for social impact. This resource includes reasoning for why universal washrooms are necessary, best practices in design, and how to make sure universal washrooms are accessible, understandable, and comfortable.

Best Practices in Transition-Related Healthcare in Canada

Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health

CPATH is the largest national multidisciplinary, professional organization in the world, working to support the health, wellbeing, and dignity of trans and gender diverse people (trans). Among the professionals included in our membership are family physicians, endocrinologists, pediatricians, surgeons, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, speech therapists, educators, and lawyers, as well as organizational members that provide front line services and support to trans people across Canada.

Primary Health Care for Transgender Patients: Pathway 

Developed by Rainbow Health Ontario and based upon Guidelines and Protocols For Hormone Therapy and Primary Health Care for Trans Clients developed by Dr. Amy Bourns, the Trans Primary Care Pathway is an easy-to-use guide for physicians looking to better understand basic medical care and transition-related care for Transgender patients. 

Path to Patient-Centered Care: Gender affirming care for Trans patients in Canada

A living resource for offering better patient-centered care to transgender adults who are seeking gender-affirming care in Canada. While many developments in care standards for transgender patients have been advanced through the WPATH-SOC model, there remains the opportunity to interpret the WPATH-SOC guidelines through a patient-centred4model.

The Informed Consent Model (ICM) offers a more collaborative and patient-centred approach that addresses debates surrounding exactly how and when trans people should access these gender-affirming medical treatments that persist amongst clinicians and researchers.

Using ICM in gender-affirming medicine allows for trans people to access hormones and transition-related surgeries with self-determination and autonomy, without the need for: a gender dysphoria diagnosis, mandatory pre-transition psychosocial readiness assessments, and unwanted mental health treatments.

Sherbourne Health Centre

"Sherbourne Health Centre offers a wide range of primary healthcare programs and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, intersex, queer or questioning individuals. Our goal is to provide dignified, non-judgmental services to help clients feel better, cope better with day-to-day challenges and address specific LGBT health issues."

Trans Care BC

Trans Care BC’s care coordination team helps connect people in BC to gender-affirming health and wellness supports. Based out of Vancouver, the small team includes health navigators, nurses, peers, and admin support staff. The team has access to the medical director (GP) for consultation as needed.

The team works alongside service providers and community contacts from across the province to help people find care and support as close to home as possible.

 

Saskatchewan Resources

Saskatchewan Medical Transition Guide

This guide was created by the Saskatchewan Trans Health Coalition (STHC), and provides Saskatchewan-based information about various medical interventions you may be considering as part of your transition. Within this guide you will find information around the process for accessing various medical interventions such as hormones and surgeries, as well as some general information around cost, and what to expect from each intervention.

The Saskatchewan Trans Health Coalition (STHC) is a coalition of trans patients, activists, advocates, and allies, 2SLGBTQIAP+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual) service organizations, along with frontline healthcare practitioners, and administrative/support staff. The coalition’s goal is to improve access to and quality of trans and transition related healthcare and mental healthcare in the province of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon Community Clinic

The Saskatoon Community Clinic was founded in 1962 and now provides basic primary care and transition-related care to the trans community. The Saskatoon Community Clinic has several doctors who have undergone CPATH certified training and Clinic's board of directors has undergone OUTSaskatoon's inclusion training. 

West Winds Primary Care

West Winds Primary Care is a primary health clinic that provides basic primary care as well as transition-related care to the trans community. WWPC has several doctors who have certified training and WWPC administrators and medical assistants have undergone OUTSaskatoon's healthcare-based inclusion training.  

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