USA: How gender ideology is influencing doctor training
An Economist article denounces the infiltration of the ideology of gender identity into medical schools in the United States. Which put the free affirmation of the genre at the center. For fear of transactivist protests. But also due to ignorance about the progress of medical research and excessive trust in the mainstream media

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L'Economist published an article onInfiltration of gender identity ideology into U.S. medical schools. Testimonies from students and teachers whistleblower highlight various problems, which can all be traced back toimposition of “gender affirmation” as the only possibility of treating dysphoria. For example they come the side effects of drugs prescribed even to children were kept quiet. In general, future pediatricians and family doctors are taught to introduce children and young people who say they feel "in the wrong body" to clinics specializing in gender identity, where puberty blockers and opposite-sex hormones are administered with great superficiality, and with irreversible consequences. Below is an excerpt from the article.

There gender dysphoria, the often distressing feeling of being born in the wrong body, is listed in the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (see here) of the American Psychiatric Association. So Katherine (not her real name) - a student in her first week of medical school at Louisiana State University - was stunned when she heard the teacher tell the class that gender dysphoria was not a mental illness. This episode raised concerns that gender identity ideology, which holds that “trans women are women and trans men are men,” had influenced some of those training her to be doctors. 

Confirmations followed. An endocrinologist explained to the students that females on testosterone had a similar risk of heart attack as males - in fact they had a much higher risk. Arguing about all this was seemingly unthinkable.

How did transgender ideology find its way into medical schools? 

Professional bodies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have endorsed the “gender-affirming” model of care, which acceptspatients' self-diagnosis of dysphoria. This can lead to prescribing puberty blockers in nine-year-olds. So-called “trans medicine” is not a core part of medical school curricula. But one academic pediatrician (who did not want her name, institution, or state to appear in this article) says all medical students learn that they are expected to follow the “affirmative” model “uncritically and unquestionably.” For most doctors this will mean sending young patients to one gender clinic (gender clinic), some of which prescribe blockers or hormones of the opposite sex at the first visit. «We treat infections with antibiotics, no questions asked: this is exactly the same for gender dysphoria and puberty blockers», explains the pediatrician.

The “affirmative” model of care has already caused irreversible damage to the bodies of many young people. This is particularly clear fromexperience of detransitioner who regret taking hormones or having their breasts or genitals removed. Puberty blockers also prevent bones from developing properly and, when combined with hormones of the opposite sex can lead to infertility and the inability to have an orgasm. A 26-year-old medical school student in Florida who plans to become a pediatrician is shocked by what she wasn't taught about these treatments: «With other diseases and treatments, however, we are taught in depth about every possible side effect».

Professors from medical schools suggest two reasons for all of this. One - which is reflected in the fact that no one wanted their names published - is fear. Some activists transgender they harass anyone who expresses concerns publicly. The other reason is ignorance. A pediatrician who teaches at a medical school in Florida says that many doctors, once they complete their training, pay little attention to new advances in medical research, and they rely on the media for information. And in America there has been, there has been little coverage by the mass media about the dangers of blockers or the troubles of detransitioner.

Maria Celeste

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