Health Across the Gender Spectrum


Internet Enduring Material Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Course Description

This course offers an intimate, story-based introduction to the experiences of six transgender children and their families. Through illustrated stories and short teaching videos, learners will gain a better understanding of gender identity and the gender spectrum. Stanford physicians, K-12 educators, and transgender faculty members offer practical tips for parents, teachers, healthcare providers and anyone who wants to help create a more gender-expansive environment - one in which all people can live authentically. As a global community of unique individuals, we can begin to build a world that is ready to nurture and love each and every child.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for all specialties and anyone who cares about children and wants to make the world better for them. There are no prerequisites for this course.


Dates, Duration and Fee

  • Release Date: November 16, 2018
  • Expiration Date: November 16, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 2.25 Hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 2.25
  • Registration Fee: FREE

To Obtain CME Credits

  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the CME Post-test, CME Assessment Survey, and CME Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to receive a certificate. You will have two attempts to answer each multiple-choice question (or one attempt for questions with only two options) to pass the post-test.
  • Once you attest to completing the entire online activity and have scored 75% or higher on the post-test, your certificate will be generated automatically and will be available on your Dashboard page.
  • Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Develop empathy for and greater understanding of the experience of transgender individuals.
  • Proactively identify and communicate with non-conforming, transgender and LGBT patients and their families in order to provide optimal care.
  • Integrate supportive care in managing the health needs of transgender individuals, including the needs of transgender children.




Test Your Knowledge

Module 1: What is Gender Identity?

Module 2: What is the Gender Spectrum?

Module 3: How do We Create a Gender-Inclusive Society?

Course Wrap-Up

Resources and References



The following planners and speakers have indicated that that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Maya Adam, MD
Director of Health Education, Outreach, Stanford Center for Health Education
Faculty Lead, Digital MEdIC, South Africa
Lecturer, Dept. of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Course Director, Speaker

Robyn Tepper, MD
Medical Director, Vaden Health Center
Stanford University School of Medicine

Catherine Sonquist Forest, MD
Medical Director, Clinical Assistant Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine

Benjamin Laniakea, MD
Clinical Instructor, Family Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Tandy Aye, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Alice Lyman Miller, PhD
Lecturer, East Asian Studies
Stanford University School of Medicine

Ben Barres, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Technical Design and Development

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Accreditation and Designation of Credits

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Please check with your state’s credentialing board for their requirements.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement

This activity received no commercial support.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. The Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal also contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws.

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General/Transgender 101:

Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real World Experience. Rebecca F. Plante and Luca Maurer(eds.). 2009. Westview Press.

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women & the Rest of Us. Kate Bornstein. 1994. Vintage Books.

Transgender History:

The Gender Frontier. Marriette Pathy Allen. 2003. Kehrer.

How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States. Joanne Meyerowitz. 2002. Harvard University Press.

Raising Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Children:

Angels & Allies: A Memoir of Our Family’s Transition. Terri Cook and Vince Cook. 2013. Hallowed Birch Publishing.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Susan Kuklin. 2014. Candlewick Press.

Personal Narratives (Non‐Fiction):

A Queer & Pleasant Danger: A Memoir. Kate Bornstein. 2012. Beacon Press.

Becoming a Visible Man. Jamison Green. 2004. Vanderbilt University Press.

Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits. Loren Cameron. 1996. Cleis Press.


Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge & Resilience. Becky Garrison & Jordan Johnson (eds).2015. Transgress Press.


Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois. 2011. The Brown Boi Project.

Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men. Trystan T Cotton (editor). 2013. Transgress Press.

Children’s Books:

10,000 Dresses, Marcus Ewert. 2008.Seven Stories.

About Chris. Nina Benedetto. 2015. CreateSpace.

All I Want to Be Is Me. Phyllis Rothblatt. 2011. CreateSpace.

Young Adult:

Adam. Ariel Schrag. 2014. MarinerBooks.

Alex As Well. Alyssa Brugman. 2015. Henry Holt and Company.

Almost Perfect. Brian Katcher. 2010. Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Kirstin Cronn‐Mills. 2012.Flux.


More bibliographic information can be found in the Resources and References section.

©2018 Stanford University School of Medicine

Course Details

  • Ongoing registration for this self-paced course is available until November 16, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 2.25 hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 2.25
  • Registration Fee: FREE

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