Gender Pathway Services: Charting a Course for Transgender Youth
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Jill Jacobson, MD
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Gender dysphoria, if left untreated, has a 40 to 50 percent attempted suicide rate.
Medical, social and psychological problems all need to be addressed and often dealt with simultaneously.
Children’s Mercy has developed the new Gender Pathway Services (GPS) Clinic to help manage these issues.
Based in the Division of Endocrinology, the team provides interdisciplinary family-centered services for transgender, gender-variant, and gender-questioning patients. This is the only center of its kind in the Midwest and one of only a handful in the country.
Specialists that are part of the clinic include: endocrinology, psychology, adolescent medicine and social work.
New patients receive a psychological evaluating to help ensure the mental health needs of the family and patient are continuously supported.
Jill Jacobson, MD is here to discuss Gender dysphoria.
Smith, Michael and Jacobson, Jill, "Gender Pathway Services: Charting a Course for Transgender Youth" (2015). Transformational Pediatrics Podcast. 5.