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Trans* Health Care: Everything You Wanted to
Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Presenters:   Melissa Maher, BSN, RN
                       Beth Cronin, MD

The purpose/goal(s) of this activity is to enable healthcare providers to have a greater knowledge regarding care of transgender patients.

  • Describe health disparities faced by transgender individuals
  • Identify appropriate language and pronouns in the care of transgender patients
  • Discuss the basics of emotional, legal, medical and social transition process

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 Time: 12:00-1:30 PM ET
1.5 Contact Hour(s)
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™   Mandatory for Physicians
Successful completion of education activities includes attendance at the entire activity and achieving a passing score of 80% or higher on the post-test in order to receive 1.5 Contact Hour(s) or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. No partial credit is awarded.

Melissa Maher, BSN, RN

Melissa Maher, BSN, RN is the nurse manager of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Within her role, she oversees clinical operations, develops program goals, monitors department standards and implements policies and procedures to promote quality patient care.

Prior to her current position she served as an Assistant Clinical Manager in the Emergency Department at WIH, an Assistant Health Center Director of the Pediatric and Express Clinics at the Providence Community Health Center, and a perinatal staff development educator at WIH. She obtained her BSN from the University of Rhode Island and a graduate certificate in Nursing Education from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. She is currently enrolled in the MSN program at Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

Beth Cronin, MD

Dr. Cronin is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed a residency at Women & Infants Hospital. After working at Women & Infants Hospital for many years, she recently took a position at Providence Community Health Centers. An APGO scholar, Dr. Cronin is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Cronin has received several awards for her work, including the CREOG Excellence in Teaching Award and numerous other teaching awards from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she is a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She has presented locally and nationally on Transgender Health, continually seeking to improve the experience for her patients.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.

Accreditation: Women & Infants Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to sponsor intrastate continuing education for physicians. Women & Infants Hospital designates this online educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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