Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy program, The Elephant in The Room: Dispelling the Myths of Being Transgender, is approved for 1.0 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA).

Program Approved Through March, 2025.

Why This Course Matters

This program was offered live and now offered as an on-line course for Board Certified Patient Advocates or anyone who wants to expand their reach of advocacy by having a better understanding of a person who is transgender. This presentation covers the statistics from the US Transgender Survey

Estimates say that there are 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender.

●   One-third (33%) reported having at least one negative experience with their healthcare provider related to being transgender

●   23% of respondents did not see a doctor when they needed to because of fear of being mistreated as a transgender person

●   Forty percent (40%) have attempted suicide in their lifetime, nearly nine times the rate in the U.S. population (4.6%)

The Elephant in the Room: Dispelling the Myths About Being Transgender is a program that has been offered by Pulse CPSEA for almost ten years at medical conferences, medical training, clinician’s classrooms and even as mandatory training in numerous healthcare systems. The ten years of live presentations has given the presenters confidence that this version will have most questions answered.


This one hour presentation will:

  • Describe what it means to be transgender
  • Give participants a better understanding of how to meet and greet someone who describes themselves as transgender. 
  • Be more comfortable around someone who is transgender

The presenters welcome feedback and any future questions to be supportive of anyone who offers to help and support people who are transgender.

About the Presenters

Program: The Elephant in the Room

​Ilene and Kyle have been presenting this program to healthcare professionals for over 10 years

Kyle is a paramedic, works in a hospital emergency room and happens to be transgender. He has spoken throughout the Northeast about his journey and explains in plain language why the body and mind doesn’t always match up. He will help his listeners understand how best to be a friend and ally to the transgender community and to support people identifying as transgender.

Ilene Corina is a Board Certified Patient Advocate and President and founder of Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy.. She has worked closely with the transgender community as many have gone through their transition and experienced general medical care. She has studied and written about the often unconscious bias toward people who are transgender. She is a trained youth advisor and speaks to healthcare professionals and community members as well as young people about becoming involved in their medical care and overcoming obstacles to safe, quality care.  See her website at www.icorina.com

Together, Kyle and Ilene will open the doors for safe communication – addressing bias and helping us understand what it’s like being a transgender person in a world not yet understanding of people who are.

Learn Best Ways to Support Someone Who is Transgender

Learn the Terms and Meanings

Hear Actual Stories and Learn How You Can Help

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