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URMC Transgender Health ECHO

The Gender Patient Support (GPS): Health & Wellness Program’s Project ECHO, is a virtual learning space for health care providers and therapists across Western NY in providing gender-affirming care to transgender and gender diverse adults. We welcome health care providers of all disciplines (including medicine, nursing, social work, psychology...) and of any specialty, who serve patients in Western NY.  There is no fee for participation.

Through this ECHO, we aim to improve access to knowledge, research, health care delivery, and clinical treatment when working with transgender and gender diverse adults, grounded in best practice guidelines and evidence-based medicine.

New! - We are excited to announce a special 6-session series of the URMC Transgender Health ECHO geared towards medical providers!

Learn to provide compassionate health care to transgender and gender diverse patients, including the basics of gender-affirming hormone management for adults.

Our 6 sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Language, Definitions, and Best Practices for Affirming Documentation in the EHR
  • An Introduction to Gender Affirming Medical Care, and the Informed Consent Model
  • Testosterone and Menstrual Suppression
  • Estrogen and Anti-Androgens
  • Partnership with Behavioral Health Providers
  • Preventative Health and Caring for Older Transgender Individuals
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Considerations for Gender Diverse Individuals

Structure and Schedule

From April 10, 2024 – June 26, 2024, the series will be offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:00-1:00pm.  For folks who would like to go more in-depth, we will also resume our annual multidisciplinary URMC Transgender Health ECHO program in September 2024 which will run through February of 2025. 

We know that providers are busy and may not always have a predictable schedule.  Even if you know you won't be able to attend every session, we still welcome you to sign up and attend whenever your schedule permits.  Registration is on a rolling basis.

Register here today!


Our Hub Team

  • Jamie Mehringer, M.D. (he/him)
  • Megan Lytle, Ph.D. (she/her)
  • Robbyn Upham, M.D. (she/her)
  • Jackie O’Connor, N.P. (they/them)

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