Distinguished speakers, including Physician General Rachel Levine to present at fifth annual Transgender Awareness Conference on April 10

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) will host the fifth annual Transgender Awareness Conference on Monday, April 10. Among the prominent speakers attending are Rachel Levine, M.D., physician general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who will present a session entitled, “Transgender 101” and Alisa Bowman, co-author of the book Raising a Transgender Child.

Registration will begin 8:30 a.m. and the conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Geisinger Commonwealth’s auditorium at 525 Pine Street, Scranton. Lunch will be provided.

Geisinger Commonwealth’s student group, Physicians Representing Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equality (PRIDE), organizes the event each year in concert with a community committee to raise awareness and to focus on transgender individuals and their care. Community members helping to organize this year’s conference include Maureen Gray, interim coordinator for the NEPA Rainbow Alliance; Karen M. Foley, LMFT, a licensed individual, couple and family therapist in private practice; and Emily Leigha Tomaine, a quality analyst for a chemical company who began her transition from male to female in 2011.

Geisinger Commonwealth student organizers, Tripti Soni and Robert Parajon, hope their peer medical students will gain a better understanding of the challenges transgender individuals face when seeking medical care and use this experience to improve the future of care for transgender individuals. Funding for the conference comes from Geisinger Commonwealth, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC), and the NEPA Rainbow Alliance.

“Physicians of the future must know how to create a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere of mutual respect with their patients. This conference is one way to help build that kind of empathy,” said Jennifer Joyce, M.D., professor of family medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth.

Speakers and talks include:

  • Dr. Jason Rafferty, Brown University, presenting: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Transgender and Gender Questioning Youth
  • L. Elaine Dutton, LCSW & Dane Menkin, Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia, presenting: Pediatric & Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Services 
  • Alisa Bowman, Author, presenting: Raising a Transgender Child
  • Lesley Walinchus-Foster and Elise Lynch, Geisinger Commonwealth fourth-year medical students, presenting: Provider Do’s and Dont’s
  • Panel discussion: Amanda Porter, Martin Russo, Karen Waldeck, Jace White, and Julie Williams
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Margi McGrath, Owner, Universal Printing, presenting: An Employer’s Role in Transitioning
    • Jessica Rothchild, Board President, EqualityPA, presenting: The State of LGBT Rights in Pennsylvania
    • Martin Russo presenting: Strategies for Supporting Gender-Variant Students in the Classroom
    • Amanda Porter presenting: Personal Protection and Confrontation Avoidance
    • Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General, presenting: Transgender 101
    • Dr. Jason Rafferty and Jill Wagner, LCSW, presenting: Caring For Gender Diverse Youth: A Family Based Approach
    • Dr. Shubhra Shetty, The Wright Center, and Daniel Laub, Geisinger Commonwealth first-year medical student, presenting: HIV and PREP
    • Dr. James Anasti presenting: Hormonal Approach to Transitioning
    • Jason Goodman, Pennsylvania Youth Congress, presenting: The State of Title IX in Pennsylvania

The event is free and open to the public. For complete details please go to  http://www.tcmc.edu/TransHealth. Please RSVP by April 5 to: NEPAtranshealth@gmail.com.

Gathering to plan the fifth annual Transgender Awareness Conference on Monday, April 10 are, seated from left: Robert Parajon and Tripti Soni, both medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth). Standing: Karen M. Foley, LMFT, a licensed individual, couple and family therapist in private practice; Maureen Gray, interim coordinator for the NEPA Rainbow Alliance; and Jennifer Joyce, professor of family medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth. Among the prominent speakers attending are Rachel Levine, M.D., physician general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who will present a session entitled, “Transgender 101” and Alisa Bowman, co-author of the book Raising a Transgender Child. Registration will begin 8:30 a.m. and the conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Geisinger Commonwealth’s auditorium at 525 Pine Street, Scranton. Lunch will be provided.

Gathering to plan the fifth annual Transgender Awareness Conference on Monday, April 10 are, seated from left: Robert Parajon and Tripti Soni, both medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth). Standing: Karen M. Foley, LMFT, a licensed individual, couple and family therapist in private practice; Maureen Gray, interim coordinator for the NEPA Rainbow Alliance; and Jennifer Joyce, professor of family medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth; Unavailable for the photo: Emily Leigh Tomaine. Among the prominent speakers attending are Rachel Levine, M.D., physician general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who will present a session entitled, “Transgender 101” and Alisa Bowman, co-author of the book Raising a Transgender Child. Registration will begin 8:30 a.m. and the conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Geisinger Commonwealth’s auditorium at 525 Pine Street, Scranton. Lunch will be provided.

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