Apr 17 2018: 7:30pm–9:00pm

Approaches to Gender Questioning Youth for the Primary Care Provider

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health, Pediatric Medicine

PediPRN is an innovative model of consultation and collaboration between pediatric primary care and child psychiatry providers. This free lecture is a part of an event series presented by experts in the behavioral health field.


Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH, EdM graduated from Harvard Medical School and obtained post-graduate training through the triple board residency at Brown University, which is a combined program in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. He has additional degrees from Harvard University in public health concentrating on maternal and child Health, and education focused on adolescent development and psychology.  Currently, he works with many LGBTQ patients in an adolescent subspecialty medical clinic as well as psychotherapeutic and psychiatric settings. He was involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), particularly the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (COPACFH) where he frequently reviews position statements and publications related to LGBTQ health.  He is a member of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) where he sits on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Subcommittee.  He is a board member for both Physicians for Reproductive Health and the Partnership for Male Youth.  Dr. Rafferty is a 2017 Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists which recognizes graduating trainees deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry.


Our understanding of gender identity and the medical services available to transgender and gender questioning youth are rapidly evolving, which can make it difficult for providers to keep up. This presentation will review common terms, concepts, and approaches as well as address more complicated issues that arise in serving gender diverse adolescents and young adult populations. A particular focus will be on models of collaboration between mental health providers and pediatricians to best foster resiliency, understanding, and positive youth development. Ultimately, the goal will be to provide audience members with a framework for understanding the complex nature of gender identity and expression, and strategies for supporting and affirming patients through challenging situations. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

1.     Summarize the unique barriers to care and comorbidities that are prevalent within the gender diverse community  
2.    Describe essential roles of pediatric and psychiatric providers working collaboratively to meet the needs of gender diverse youth
3.    Implement a social ecological model to understand and address the complex, unmet needs of many gender diverse youth and their families


  • Pediatricians, family practitioners and nurse practitioners who are registered with PediPRN are welcome. 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered 

Registration Information

  • Program fee: Free
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, April 11
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-432-1087. 
  • For refund/cancellation information please email bradleyconferencesup@lifespan.org or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-432-1087.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.