Building an Inclusive Practice: Part I – Optometric Care of Transgender Patients



Virtual - Zoom

7:00 – 8:00 pm 1-Hour COPE Approved Live Stream Credit
8:00 – 9:00 pm Q & A Session

This course will equip optometrists to provide culturally competent eye care to transgender patients encountered in a clinical setting. The course will cover a variety of topics concerning this unique patient population including terminology, population statistics, barriers to care, and health disparities. Clinical case examples will be presented that highlight the clinical complexities and legal responsibilities that optometrists must address to ensure inclusive care of transgender patients.

Course Objectives:
• Have increased comfort, use the correct terminology when providing care to a transgender person
• Identify barriers to health care and common health disparities (including lack of access to culturally competent health care providers)
• Identify the legal responsibilities to provide non‐discriminatory care

Lillian Kalaczinkski, OD, FAAO 
Diplomate, American Board of Optometry
Associate Professor, Primary Care Service Chief & Associate Director of Continuing Education, Michigan College of Optometry

Paula McDowell, OD, FAAO 
Chief of Pediatrics, Pediatric Residency Supervisor
Michigan College of Optometry