Supporting Patients with Intersex Traits: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid To Ask

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Up to 1.7% of the population is born with a variation in their sex characteristics, including sex chromosomes, hormones, internal genitalia, and external genitalia. These variations are often referred to as intersex traits. People with intersex traits may or may not have a non-heterosexual identity, and their gender identity in adulthood may or may not align with the gender they were assigned at birth. However, people with intersex traits do share the common experiences of shame, stigma, and isolation that LGBTQ people may. Because of this, people with intersex traits have been identified as part of sexual and gender diverse populations. Additionally, many receive medical care in settings that also provide transgender health care. Because of this, it is critical that providers involved in LGBT health are culturally competent in working with people with intersex traits. This requires that providers are aware of the kinds of intersex variations, the physical and behavioral health needs of people with intersex variations, the legacy of historical trends in intersex care, and current clinical, ethical, and legal controversies in intersex care. This 90-minute session, given by Dr. Katharine Dalke, will enable learners to become intersex competent providers and allies.

Continuing Education (1.5 hr Professional CME or 1.5 hr Ethics CE)

This Enduring Material activity, “Supporting Patients with Intersex Traits: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid To Ask” , has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 07/15/2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

GEN is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP 7060) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Supporting Patients with Intersex Traits: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid To Ask meets the qualifications for 1.5 NBCC Credit.

Gender Education Network has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7060. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Gender Education Network is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

About Instructor​

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Katharine Baratz Dalke, MD MBE

Dr. Katharine Dalke (she/her) is a psychiatrist at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the Director for Culturally Responsive Healthcare Education and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Her clinical and academic work centers on LGBTQ and intersex health, especially mental well-being. She has co-founded an integrated clinic for transgender and gender diverse youth at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and is frequently an invited speaker on intersex health at national conferences. An intersex, bisexual woman, Dr. Dalke has been involved in intersex education and advocacy since 2006, and is among the first openly intersex physicians in the US. Dr. Dalke is a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, the Transgender Health Working Group at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Working Group at the NIH, and an ongoing consensus study on the well-being of Sexual and Gender Diverse populations at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is a past president of the board of directors for inter/ACT Advocates for Intersex Youth and an ongoing member of the medical advisory groups to inter/ACT and the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome-Differences of Sex Development (AIS-DSD) Support Group.

Learning Objectives

Supporting Patients with Intersex Traits:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid To Ask

  1. Appreciate the diversity of intersex traits, and the conditions associated with them
  2. Articulate historical trends in medical approach to people with sex variance
  3. Describe the physical and behavioral health needs of people with intersex traits
  4. Identify resources for supporting patients with intersex traits

Bonus material

Supporting Patients with Intersex Traits:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid To Ask

Continuing Education
(1.5 hr Professional CME or 1.5 hr Ethics CE)

Continuing Education Provider (ACEP 7060) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

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There will be PDFs available with each section for you to keep for your references

Course Beneficiary

interACT—formerly known as Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)—was founded by attorney Anne Tamar-Mattis with an Equal Justice Works fellowship in 2006, and continued with an Echoing Green fellowship in 2008 with a focused mission of ending harmful medical interventions on intersex children.  We began our operations with a national advisory board, including doctors, lawyers, mental health experts, and leaders of many different intersex organizations to establish our goals. 

interACT uses innovative legal and other strategies, to advocate for the human rights of children born with intersex traits.  

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