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The purpose of this activity is to allow students to practice using gender-inclusive language and communicating with transgender patients. Students will also practice counseling on use of a transdermal patch.

Learning Objectives

  1. Communicate with transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) patients in an inclusive and affirming manner.

  2. Practice using gender-neutral pronouns and terms of address in your professional communication.

  3. Use a package insert to find relevant counseling points.

  4. Practice general counseling points for transdermal patch use.

  5. Receive feedback, reflect, and adjust communication appropriately.

Foundational Knowledge Required

Patient communication skills, new medication counseling, Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process, use of package insert

Suggested Resource
  • Safer JD, Tangpricha V. Care of the transgender patient. Ann Intern Med. 2019;171(1). doi:10.7326/aitc201907020

Assignment Instructions

This activity requires two students—one to play the role of the patient and one to play the role of the intern pharmacist.

Intern Pharmacist

Utilize a package insert to obtain relevant counseling points on use of a transdermal patch. Counsel the patient on their new transdermal patch medication. (Note: Any type of transdermal patch may be used for practice purposes. A web search for “transdermal patch package insert” yields a number of options.)


Utilize the Student Activity—Case provided to answer questions the intern pharmacist may have during the interview portion.

Intern Pharmacist

Practice counseling your patient using gender-inclusive language and neutral terms of address. Feedback will be given according to the TGNC Rubric.

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