Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic Annual Update 2020

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The Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic (GSDC) was founded in January 2014 and with our exciting growth over the last few years we are pleased to share with you our fifth Annual Update. The clinic team provides medical care and psychosocial support for transgender and gender expansive children and adolescents and their families. The GSDC is a collaboration among the Divisions of Adolescent Medicine and Endocrinology, and the Departments of Behavioral Health, Social Work and Family Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As the pandemic became a daily reality in our region, the clinic rapidly shifted to telehealth to assure that our clinic families did not miss any aspect of their care. This rapid shift meant that the clinic could continue to accept new youth and families during the pandemic — as a result, nearly 350 new families were welcomed into the clinic between March and August 2020. This is closer to the number of new families we usually serve in an entire year.

While our first priority will always be to deliver the highest quality, state-of-the-art care to our patients, we are pleased to also highlight other important areas of focus for the clinic.

Authors:

Dowshen N, Hawkins L, Regan K, King S, Apple D, Meacham N