Transgender Health Care Falls Short

Organizers say a lack of awareness on the unique health care needs of transgender and transsexual patients led to this week's conference at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Janelle Fischer of La Crosse says she began her transition from living as a man to a woman about three years ago. She says it was difficult finding local doctors who could help her through the process.

Madison physician Paul Wertsch is with the American Medical Associations Advisory Committee for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. He says the AMA is surveying medical schools to learn how their curriculum teaches gay and lesbian and bisexual and transgender issues.

Wertsch says the best teaching practices can then be passed on to other schools.