This is a list of questions that were developed by Indiana Transgender Network to determine the level of “cultural competency” a medical doctor might have in working with trans people. Feel free to copy this and send it to potential doctors, or use the questions as a guide when interviewing your care providers. Remember, it’s your journey. You get to choose who accompanies you on it!
How long have you been a physician?
What do you consider to be your area of expertise?
Have you ever provided hormone therapy for transgender patients?
If so, how many? How many were assigned female at birth or assigned male at birth?
What is your professional opinion of people who feel they are transgender? What is your personal opinion?
Are you practices consistent with the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC) version 7?
Do you understand how they changed in 2011?
Do you offer a “sliding fee scale?” If so, under what circumstances?
Are you a member of any Preferred Provider Network? If so, which?
Do you write referral letters to medical doctors who provide transition-related surgeries?
Have you ever worked with any transgender youth?
Have you ever provided puberty blockers or hormone therapy for transgender youth?
What is your professional opinion of youth who feel they are transgender? What is your personal opinion?