Strategies to Bring Transgender and Non-binary Health Care into Pharmacy Education

Am J Pharm Educ. 2021 May;85(5):8283. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8283. Epub 2021 Jan 19.


Research has shown an increase in the number of people in the United States identifying as transgender and non-binary (TNB) . Many pharmacy schools and colleges do not offer any instruction specific to students interacting with and caring for TNB people, and practicing pharmacists have reported a lack of confidence in managing TNB patients. Regardless of the practice setting they choose, there is an increased likelihood that pharmacy graduates will serve TNB patients. Pharmacy schools that include TNB-specific education in their Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum will equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to support this vulnerable population. The purpose of this commentary is to suggest methods for incorporating TNB-related material into pharmacy curricula and to provide resources for developing content.

Keywords: LGBTQ; health care education; pharmacy education; transgender; transgender-related care.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Humans
  • Schools, Pharmacy
  • Students, Pharmacy*
  • Transgender Persons*
  • United States